NURSING 1005 - Biology for Nursing Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 1005 Course Biology for Nursing Practice Coordinating Unit Anatomy and Pathology Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only Course Description Biology for Nursing Practice provides a significant depth and detail to the anatomical and physiological knowledge base for beginning level nursing students. The course provides a systematic approach to cell; tissue and organ function and provides working examples of how nurses use biology to inform practice. The use of `real life' examples will encourage students to reflect on their own clinical placement experiences to ensure that biological concepts become integrated knowledge. The base of knowledge provided by this course will encourage students to adopt an attitude to incorporating scientific concepts throughout their nursing career and especially in relation to the nursing assessment.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Tania CrottiCourse Coordinator: Dr Tania Crotti
Phone: +61 8 8313 5986
Fax: +61 8 8313 3594
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Students will investigate the relationships between normal structure and function in human cells, tissues and organs, 2 Identify mechanisms that regulate bodily activities and maintain homeostasis within an individual. 3 Recognise alternations in gross anatomy and suggest how this may impact lifestyle 4 To gain an understanding of how anatomy and physiology influence all aspects of nursing practice 5 Students will construct a working glossary of physiological terms and principles 6 Demonstrate a basic level of knowledge of the structure of the human body at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels of organisation. 7 Demonstrate an understanding that structure and function are interrelated, and be able to provide specific examples of such interrelationships from within the human body. 8 Correlate specific structural features of cells, tissues, organs and systems of the human body with their normal functions, and appreciate that alterations to structure affect function. 9 Relate nursing assessment practices to structural anatomy and physiology 10 Apply their knowledge of the human body in the interpretation of common health-related scenarios encountered in day-to-day living
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-10 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 5, 8, 9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 9-10 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7, 9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 9 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3-4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. N/A
Required ResourcesPrescribed Texts
Martini, Ober and Nath, 2013, Visual Anatomy & Physiology, Pearson.
This text book is integral to the course and may be purchased from all or some of the following outlets
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005
Phone: +61 8 8125 5160
Ramsay – Medical books and more
Located at UniBooks Adelaide Store
Gate 10 (off Victoria Drive) Union Building
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 8 8125 5195 or 1300 796 106
Fax: +61 8 8231 2069
Online LearningThis course will provide an online learning environment and all material will be provided to students through the University of Adelaide’s online management system MyUni. In particular students will undertake online learning using the Articulate Storyline Software, complete online assignments through MyUni, submit assignments online, and participate in discussion boards and blogs. Links will be provided throughout the semester. The plagiarism software TurnItin will be used throughout courses within the Bachelor of Nursing
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesTEACHING & LEARNING MODES
Face to face. Face to face lectures offer synchronous learning opportunities and enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology. Much of the content for this course is supported by textbooks with web page and e-learning supports (e.g. flash cards for revision). The School of Nursing supports the audio and video capture of lecture content as an aid to revision.
Articulate presentations – the School of Nursing has a licence for the Articulate e-learning authoring software program and has a number of staff that are expert in its use. The advantage to the student is the freedom to progress through content at their own pace while receiving in time support for their learning. This is particularly helpful for the nature of the content which will be available for revision across the semester. The School of Nursing has a purpose built e-learning room with dedicated PC access to training support software.
LAMS presentations for selected topics – LAMS (learning activity management system) provides a simple learning design tool that encourages student interaction and engagement with a diverse range of material. The visual interface allows the lecturer to author individual and group assignments. LAMS allow the student freedom to progress at their own pace and to easily review content they are uncertain of. LAMS offer lecturing staff a novel and innovative way to present content that often resists transition from text book to engagement.
Tutorial sessions – tutorial sessions enable small group discussion and peer interaction around the content. Each tutorial session will focus on the lecture content for the week.
Discussion board – discussion boards will provide an interactive portal for students to post questions that may be of common interest to the group.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The workload for this course requires attendance at:
• 3 x 1 hour lecture / week
• 1 x 2 hour tutorial / week (alternate weeks)
In addition it is expected that students will spend an additional 6 hours per week for assessment and tutorial preparation.
Learning Activities Summary
The tables below indicate the lecture and tutorial outlines for Biology for Nursing Practice. A body systems approach is taken. Please refer to the timetable above for details on class and time. Other tutorials may be provided as required.
Biology for Nursing Practice
1. The relevance of anatomy and physiology for nursing
2. Cellular level of organisation: nucleus and DNA
3. Cellular level of organisation: cytoplasm
4. Tissue level of organisation
5. Skeletal system 1: bones and the skeleton
6. Skeletal system 2: bone growth and remodelling
7. Muscle tissue and contraction
8. Nervous system 1: neurons and supporting cells and basic brain structure
9. Nervous system 2: brain structure and function
10. Nervous system 3: action potentials and neuronal transmission
11. Nervous system 4: neurotransmission
12. Nervous system 5: special sensors
13. Endocrine system 1: hormones and actions
14. Endocrine system 2: organs
15. Circulatory system 1: blood
16. Circulatory system 2: heart
17. Circulatory system 3: conduction system
18. Circulatory system 4 : blood vessels
19. Circulatory system 5 : haemodynamics and homeostasis
20. Respiratory system 1: anatomy
21. Respiratory system 2: mechanism of ventilation
22. Digestive system 1: Wall plan of the intestines
23. Digestive system 2: stomach, small and large intestines
24. Digestive system 3: structure and function of accessory organs
25. Urinary system 1: anatomy
26. Urinary system 2: urine formation
27. Urinary system 3: fluid, electrolyte and acid-balance
28. Reproduction 1: male reproductive system
29. Reproduction 2: female reproductive system
30. Reproduction 3: contraception
Tutorial series (students groups attend in alternate weeks)
1. Introduction to Human Biology and Anatomy
2. Tissues, skeletal system
3. Nervous/endocrine (together)
5. Respiration /Gastro-intestinal tract
6. Urinary and reproduction
Interactive Discussion Board
Available for all student questions and tutor answers
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe SGDE for 1st year students is addressed in Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Online assessment 1 Formative N/A 1-5 Online assessment 2 Summative 30% 1-5 Individual Essay Summative 20% 8-10 End of semester exam Summative 50% 1-10
Assessment DetailOnline Assessment 1 through MyUni
Due Date: Week 6 - specific date and time to be advised
Topic: this online assignment will be a series of Multiple Choice, Matching, and Fill in the Blank questions examining the following topic material: Cells and Tissues ; Skeletal System ; Muscles; Nervous System; Endocrine System.
Marking Guide: These assignments are marked online through MyUni and your grade will be provided to you upon completion of the assignment.
Online Assessment 2 through MyUni
Due Date: Week 9 - specific date and time to be advised
Topic: this online assignment will be a series of Multiple Choice, Matching, and Fill in the Blank questions examining the following topic material: Circulatory System; Respiratory System; Digestive System.
Marking Guide: These assignments are marked online through MyUni and your grade will be provided to you upon completion of the assignment.
Assessment 3: Individual Essay
Due Date: Week 11 - specific date and time to be advised
Length: 1000 words
Topic: Each class member will be asked to sign up to an essay topic via the MyUni web page during the first week of semester 1 2015. To join an essay, select Groups from the list on the left hand side of the Biology for Nursing Practice MyUni site, then select “view signup sheet to join a group” and then read the list of essay topics from 1-10. Once you have made your selection you click the “sign up” button under the topic. Once you have done this it is final and cannot be changed. The essay is worth 30% of the final grade for Biology for Nursing Practice and you have the semester to complete this essay; therefore we expect a high quality.
• Essay format and Instructions: The maximum length for the essay is 1000 words not including images and referencing. Please use Times New Roman size 12 font and use double spacing throughout your assignment. Essays should be named as follows: Gibson_Essay_Topic_1_2015 and submitted through Turnitin.
• Introduction to topic (20%): This will give the reader a brief introduction to the topic/condition. An explanation about what the topic/condition is and why it is important should be included
• Anatomical basis and function (60%): This will give the reader and understanding of the underlying anatomical/histological basis and how this relates to the function of your topic/condition. You may also choose to use a pathology to illustrate dysregulation
• Referencing (10%): You must include a complete list of all resources used in your essay. There should be at least 3 references in the reference list; ideally these will include peer-review articles listed on Pubmed/Google Scholar. Referencing style is to be Author / Date in accordance with the School Academic Manual.
• Overall Structure including spelling and grammar (10%): Please ensure that your essay is free from spelling and grammatical errors and the word limit is adhered to.
Assessment 4: End of Semester Examination
Due Date: During the semester 1 official University Examination Period.
Topic: The end of semester examination will be entirely multiple choice questions and will examine all material presented during the course:
• Cells and Tissues:
• Skeletal System:
• Nervous System:
• Endocrine System:
• Circulatory System:
• Respiratory System:
• Digestive System:
• Urinary System:
• Reproductive System:
Length: 3 hours.
SubmissionUnless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. Cover sheets are required for all assignments and can be accessed from the School of Nursing website. Due to the nature of the online assessments for this course extension of time for submission of assignments is subject to negotiation with the course coordinators (Dr Tania Crotti and A/Prof Rachel Gibson). Requests must be made before the due date of the assignment. In principle, all assignments should be submitted by the due date. However, an extension may be granted if the request is made before the due date and the usual administration procedures are followed. Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 5% of available marks for each working day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.
Whenever possible staff will turn around marked assignments within 4 weeks or earlier.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.Students are to ensure they are familiar with the contents of the 2015 School of Nursing Student Handbook and Style Guide. A PDF of this document is available through MyUni.
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