NURSING 2005 - Biology of Human Disease I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

Biology of Human Disease I identifies some of the most significant pathologies challenging the health of the Australian population. The use of clinical cases encourages students to relate scientific principles to medical and nursing interventions. The course provides a systematic approach to the description of pathological changes of haematological, integumentary, cardiovascular, renal and endocrine systems. The base of knowledge provided by this course will encourage students to adopt an attitude to incorporating scientific concepts throughout their nursing career.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 2005
    Course Biology of Human Disease I
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only
    Course Description Biology of Human Disease I identifies some of the most significant pathologies challenging the health of the Australian population. The use of clinical cases encourages students to relate scientific principles to medical and nursing interventions. The course provides a systematic approach to the description of pathological changes of haematological, integumentary, cardiovascular, renal and endocrine systems. The base of knowledge provided by this course will encourage students to adopt an attitude to incorporating scientific concepts throughout their nursing career.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Frances Corrigan

    Course Coordinator: Dr Renee Turner
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3114
    Location: The University of Adelaide Centre for Neuroscience Research, North Terrace

    Course Coordinator: Dr Frances Corrigan
    Phone: +61 8 8313 4150
    Location: Room S524, Medical School South

    Course Co-ordinator email: bhd@adelaide.edu.au

    School Office
    Email: medical.sciences@adelaide.edu.au; nursing@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Apply the principles of normal anatomy and physiology of human body systems to the pathophysiological processes of common health problems.
    2 Analyse some of the ways in which human adaptive and compensatory physiological mechanisms are affected by specific pathological conditions.
    3 Identify the impact of pathophysiological processes across the lifespan.
    4 Explain the physiological processes, interactions, and controls to maintain homeostasis in the specific areas of neoplasia and immunological disorders.
    5 Explain the physiological processes, interactions, and controls to maintain homeostasis in the specific areas of cardiovascular disease.
    6 Explain the physiological processes, interactions, and controls to maintain homeostasis in the specific areas of endocrine and blood disorders.
    7 Explain the physiological processes, interactions, and controls to maintain homeostasis in the specific areas of skin disorders.
    8 Explain the physiological processes, interactions, and controls to maintain homeostasis in the specific areas of renal disorders
    9 Discuss the clinical manifestations and nursing management of selected disease processes and health problems.
    10 Discuss the nurse’s role and responsibility for assessment of individual’s experiencing health problems that result in pathophysiological alterations.
    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)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Bullock, S Hales, M 2013 Principles of Pathophysiology, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, NSW
    Recommended Resources
    Porth’s Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States”. 8th/9th Ed, LWW.
    Online Learning
    Online resources will be provided throughout the course in lectures and tutorials.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face to face lectures – Face to face lectures offer synchronous learning opportunities and enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology. The content for this course is supported by numerous online resources and the recommended textbook.
    This course utilises the audio and video capture of lecture content as an aid to revision.

    Large Group Tutorials-  Incoporate interactive activities to revise content covered in the previous week.
    Workload

    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:
    • 2 x 1 hour lecture / week
    • 1 x 2 hour tutorial / week

    Non-contact hours for assessment and tutorial preparation will be 8 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Series:
    1. Introduction to the immune system
    2. Cellular adaptation and cell death
    3. Acute inflammation
    4. Chronic Inflammation
    5. Introduction to clotting disorders
    6. Disorders of white blood cells
    7. Neoplasia
    8. Skin: pressure ulcers, burns and skin cancer
    9. Introduction to cardiovascular system: revision of heart and blood vessel structure and function
    10. Cardiovascular 1: thrombosis, embolism, atheroscerlosis and aneurysms
    11. Cardiovascular 2:Hypertension: primary, secondary, malignant
    12. Cardiovascular 3: Ischaemic heart disease
    13. Cardiovascular 4: Shock
    14. Cardiovascular 5:Heart Failure
    15. Cardiovascular 6: Valvular Heart Disease
    16. Anaemia
    17. Endocrine: Introduction to hypo/hyperthyroidism
    18. Diabetes 1: Pathogenesis
    19. Diabetes 2: Complications
    20. Renal 1: Acute and chronic renal failure
    21. Renal 2: Glomerulonephritis, UTI
    22. Renal 3: Acid/base disorders

    Tutorial series:
    1. Introduction to Pathophysiology course and nursing assessment
    2. Introduction to the immune system; Cellular adaptation and cell death
    3. Acute and chronic inflammation
    4. Clotting and white blood cell disorders
    5. Neoplasia and common skin conditions
    6. Atherosclerosis
    7. Hypertnesion and ischaemic heart disease
    8. Shock; Mid-semester test feedback
    9. Heart failure and valvular heart disease
    10. Anaeamia and introduction to endocrine
    11. Diabetes
    12. Renal 1-2
    13: Renal: acid/base; Exam revision
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    A SGDE for 2nd year students will be within the course Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing III.
  • 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


    Item No. Item Weighting
    1 Practice Test Paper Formative (0%)
    2 MCQ Test #1 5%
    3. MCQ Test #2 5%
    4. Mid Semester Test 15%
    5. Tutorial Worksheets 5%
    6. Tutorial Participation 10%
    7.
    8.
    Group Clinical Scenario Assignment
    End of Semester Exam
    20%
    40%
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Practice Test Paper
    Due date:Thursday 24th March 2016 (Week 4)
    Weighting:0% (Formative)
    Description: Practice short answer questions. This assessment will be handed up at the start of the tutorial session. We will then work through the answers.

     
    Assessment 2: Mini Tests 1 & 2
    Due date:Thursday 7th April (Week 6) and 26th May 2016 (Week 11)
    Weighting:10% (5% each)
    Description:10 MCQs to test work done in the previous weeks. Mini-Test 1: Week 1-4 content only. Mini-Test 2: Week 7-9 content only

    Assessment 3: Mid-Semester Test
    Due date: Thursday 28th April 2016 (Week 7)
    Weighting:15%
    Description: This test will examine lecture material from the first half of this semester (weeks 1-6 content only). It will contain: 20x
    multiple choice questions and 4x short answer questions (comprising 20 marks), for a total of 40 marks.
     
    Assessment 4: Group clinical scenario assignment
    Due date: Thursday 2nd June (Week 12)
    Weighting: 20% (comprised of 12% course-co-ordinator mark, 5% peer mark and 3% for asking questions of an assigned group)
    Description: This assignment will examine the ability of a group of 5 to work together and produce an oral presentation based around questions relating to a specific clinical scenario.

    Assessment 5: tutorial worksheets and tutorial participation
    Due date:During the tutorial sessions each week from weeks 1-12
    Weighting: 15%- this consists of tutorial worksheets 0.5% each (total 5%) and tutorial participation and exercises 1% each (total 10%)
    Description: Students will be awarded 0.5% each week for submitting a complete tutorial worksheet at the start of the tutorial session. Students will be awarded a further 1% each week for participating in the tutorial session and being involved in the completion of tutorial exercises and activities. Students will be able to earn marks for submitting tutorial papers and participating in
    tutorials for a maximum of 10 tutorial sessions. This means that students are able to not attend a maximum of 2 sessions without appropriate documentation.

    Assessment 6: End of Semester Exam
    Due date: On a day between 18/06/15-02/07/16.  Exact date and time to be specified: www.adelaide.edu.au/governance/principal_dates
    Weighting:40%
    Description: The written examination is aimed at ascertaining each student’s grasp of the principles and core course content presented during this module and will be held in the university’s official examination period. It will contain short answer questions and multiple choice questions. The time allocated will be 110 mins (including reading time), but many students should be able to complete it in less than this; the additional time is provided to enable planning and review of answers.  Note that a range of questions  will be used, which will require students to provide information, apply information in defined settings, and/or integrate
    knowledge derived from a variety of sources in the formulation of an answer.   The exam will contain: both MCQ and short answer questions.
     
    FINAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    In order to pass Biology of Human Disease I, students are required to have completed all components of the assessment (i.e. MCQ tests, mid-semester examination, group clinical scenario assignment and the end of semester written theory examination). Students must achieve a grade of at least 40% in the end of semester theory examination, and achieve an overall grade of at least 50% for the course.  Students must have also attended at least 10 of the 12 tutorials.  Absence at more than 2 of the 12 tutorials will require the provision of appropriate paperwork documenting medical and/or compassionate reasons for non-attendance at the
    relevant session. Students failing to meet these requirements may either fail outright or be required to sit supplementary examinations.

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

    Extensions are generally awarded for no more than 10 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances.
    To apply for an Assessment Extension, a student must submit an application for extension form prior to the assessment deadline. You will find this on the School of Nursing Website or use the link provided here.

    See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/
    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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