NURSING 1005 - Biology for Nursing Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 1005
    Course Biology for Nursing Practice
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Tania Crotti

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tania Crotti

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kencana Dharmapatni
    Phone: +61 8 8313 5986

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 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 Gain an understanding of how anatomy and physiology influence all aspects of nursing practice
    5 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
    11 Begin to organise a systems approach to describing anatomy and physiology in the clinical setting
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Prescribed Texts

    Martini FH, Ober WC, Nath JL, Bartholomew EF and Petti K (2015) Visual Anatomy and Physiology 2nd
    (Global) Edition Pearson, San Francisco

    The prescribed texts are integral to the course and may be
    purchased from all or some of the following outlets:


    Ramsay – Medical books and more

    Encompass Bookshop

    Online Learning
    This 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 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 1 hour tutorial / week (sign up to one of 4 tutorial groups)

    In addition it is expected that students will spend an additional 6 hours per week for assessment and tutorial preparation.

    Biology for Nursing Practice topics are covered in lectures and tutorials. The general format taken for the semester is three 50 minute face-face/lecture sessions and one 50 minute tutorial each week. There may be some variation of this format and venues throughout the
    semester. Please ensure that you consult the course timetable and check MyUni for announcements of any last-minute changes

    All classes start at 10 minutes after the hour, and end on the hour.

    Sessions / Lectures

    Each topic will be delivered through a series of face-face sessions / lectures as listed in this course outline.


    Tutorials will be conducted in addition to lectures. Please note that in 2016 attendance at tutorials is not compulsory. However, we know that tutorial attendance correlates with an improved performance in the course. We urge all students to attend the tutorials in order to keep on track of the course content throughout the semester.

    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

    Lecture series

    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.       Skin

    6.       Skeletal system 1: bones and the skeleton

    7.     Skeletal system 2: bone growth and remodeling

    8.     Circulatory  system 1: blood

    9.     Circulatory system 2: heart

    10.   Circulatory system 3: conduction system

    11.     Circulatory system 4: blood vessels

    12.     Circulatory system 5 : haemodynamics and homeostasis

    13.     Respiratory system 1: anatomy

    14.     Respiratory system 2: mechanism of ventilation

    15.   Digestive system 1: Wall plan of the intestines 

    16.     Digestive system 2: stomach, small and large intestines

    17.     Digestive system 3: structure and function of accessory organs

    18.     Reproduction 1: male reproductive system

    19.     Reproduction 2: female reproductive system

    20.     Reproduction 3: contraception

     21.      Immune System

    22.     Urinary system 1: anatomy

    23.     Urinary system 2: urine formation

    24.     Nervous system 1: neurons and supporting cells and basic brain structure

    25.      Nervous system 2: brain structure and function

    26.     Nervous system 3: action potentials and neuronal transmission

    27.     Nervous system 4: neurotransmission

    28.     Nervous system 5: special sensors

    29.     Endocrine system 1: hormones and actions

    30.     Endocrine system 2: organs

    Tutorial series (4 students groups, 1 hr per week)

             1. Introduction to Human Biology and Anatomy

    2.  Cells/Tissues

    3.  Skeletal system

    4. Cardiovascular

    5. Respiratory System

    6. Digestive system/Gastrointestinal tract

    7. Reproductive system

    8. Urinary system

    9. Nervous

    10. Endocrine system

    Interactive Discussion Board

    Available for all student questions and tutor answers. Online links

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The SGDE for 1st year students is addressed in Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing I
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Formative Test 1 Formative N/A 1-5
    Test 1 Summative 10% 1-5
    Test 2 Summative 10% 1-5
    Test 3 Summative 10% 1-5
    Individual Essay Summative 20% 8-10
    End of semester exam Summative 50% 1-10
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: formative TEST
    Date:     Tues 15th March 2016

    Weighting:           0%  (Formative)
    Description:       Practise test using sheets formatted as per exam. 

    Assessment 2: TESTs 1, 2 & 3

    Date:     Tues 5th April March 2016; Tues 10th May 2016; Monday 6th June 2016
    Weighting:          30% (10% each)

    Description:       20-30 MCQs/Matching/Ordering questions to test work undertaken in previous weeks.

     Test 1: Tues 5th April Week 1-5 content only
     Test 2: Tues 10th May Week 6-8 content only
     Test 3: Mon 6th June week 9-11 content only

    Attendance at the tests is compulsory.  If you miss a test for legitimate reasons (ie medical grounds) there WILL NOT be any opportunity
    to re-sit the test.  However, it will mean that your next text will be worth 20%. 
    If you fail to sit the test and do not have any medical documentation then you will receive 0 for the missed test.

    Marking Guide: These MCQ sheets will be scanned and marked by computer. Your grade will be provided to you upon completion of the assignment via grade centre.

    Assessment 3: Individual Essay
    Description:  This will assess students’ abilities to research and undertake high quality research on a topic related to Biology for Nursing Practice. The underlying rationale behind this assessment task is to enable you to present health information to the wider public in a clear, concise and focused message instructions

    How to sign up to a group?

    Each class member will be asked to sign up to an essay topic via the My Uni web pageTo join an essay, select Groups from the list on the left hand side of the Biology for Nursing Practice My Uni site, then select “view signup sheet to join a group” and then read the list of essay topics from 1-10.
    When 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. Please do not ask to change topics through the semester as the answer will be NO.
    The essay is worth 20% of the final grade for Biology for Nursing Practice.  Students have most of semester to research and collate their material and write the essay. It is therefore expected that the reviews will be of a high standard.

    Essay Format and Instructions

    • The maximum length for the essay is 1000 words not including images and referencing.
    • Please use Calibri Size 12 font and use double spacing throughout your essay.
    • Essays should be named as follows
    •   Surname_Essay_Topic_1_2016 and submitted through Turn-it-in.
    •   Please ensure that you use appropriate and correct use of references. If in doubt please check. As a general rule basic websites such
    • as are not good references for university essays
    •  Do not use footnotes

    Marking Guide:

    Each essay will be marked by an experienced academic according to the following marking guide. When writing your essay please make sure that you carefully check this guide to ensure your essay meets the criteria.

    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. You may need to point out a range of possible pathologies, causes, factorsidentify in the introduction but then highlight which of these you will be focussing on in the body of the essay.

    Anatomical Basis and Function (/60): This will give the reader an 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 mustinclude a complete list of all resources used in your essay.  Please reference each major point in the
    reference list; ideally these will include peer-review articles listed onPubmed/Google Scholar. Referencing style is to be Author/Date.

    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. Please also ensure that you follow the instructions regarding font and line spacing

    Assessment 4: End of Semester Examination
    Due Date:             During the official University Examination Period.
    Please refer to the specific note about exam attendance on the next page
    Weighting:           50%

     Description:       The end of semester written examination is aimed at determining student understanding of the principles and core coursematerial that has been presented during the semester. The exam will be entirely multiple choice questions and
    will consist of 150 individual questions. The time allocated will be 190 minutes (which includes reading time) but many students should be able to complete the exam in less than this. The additional time is provided to enable students to carefully check their answers. Ensure the answer sheet is filled in correctly as the answers will be scanned and read by a computer.

    Attendance at examinations

    The end of semester examinations, including the replacement/additional assessments will be held during the official University Examinations Period. Please log on to the Examinations web page and make a careful note of these dates now.

    Absences (except on certified medical or compassionate grounds) from examinations will mean that you record a FAIL

    Length: 3 hours.

    Essay Submission
    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni.
    TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted.

    The due date identified in this guide.
    Please note that your essay will be marked as late by Turnitin even if it is only 1 minute past the due time. Late penalties will apply (please see section on Late Submission of Work)
    Instructions for assignment submission are available under
    Tutorials at

    Each essay must include an Assignment Coversheet. The assignment should be submitted as one file, with the coversheet being the first page.
    A word version and rich text format of the Assignment Coversheet
    is available to download at The Plagiarism Statement must be signed and dated for the assessment to be marked (signature is not required for electronic submission).
    More information on avoiding plagiarism is available at

    Contact the MyUni helpdesk on +61 8 8313 3335 or email for assistance with assignment submission.

    Important note: copies of assignments should always be kept as proof of submission.
    Course Grading

    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 ( 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 School of Nursing Style and Referencing Guide. A PDF of this document is available through MyUni.
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