NURSING 2006 - Chronic Disease and Disability

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course provides a comprehensive examination of the core aspects of chronic illness and management in Australia. With reference to national priorities in chronic illness the course will prepare students to deliver nursing care and especially education for a variety of chronic health conditions. Factors affecting chronic illness and types of chronic illness will be considered within the nursing and the wider multidisciplinary support services. The emphasis on the emerging burden of chronic disease will enable students to consider the likely impact of chronic illness into 2020 and beyond.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 2006
    Course Chronic Disease and Disability
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Online, lecture week 1 only
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only
    Assessment Online quizzes, fact sheet, poster presentation, poster exhibition
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr David Foley

    Course Coordinator: Dr David Foley
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6285
    Location: Level 4, Adelaide Nursing School, AHMS

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595

    Course Timetable

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

    WK   TOPIC
    1 Chronic Health: Demography, Prevalence & Isolation
    2 Chronic Disease: Prevention Across the Continuum
    3 Living with Cardiovascular Disease - Risk Factors & Nursing
    4 Cancer & Lung Cancer – Risk Factors & Nursing
    5 Lifestyle Changes & Diabetes - Risk Factors & Nursing
    6 Living with COPD & Asthma
    Mid-Semester Break
    7 Arthritis & Osteoporosis - Risk Factors & Nursing
    8 Neurodegenerative Disorders
    9 Living with Kidney Disease
    10 Disability: Trends & Prevalence, Visual & Auditory Disturbance
    11 Disability: Physical
    12 Disability: Intellectual
    13 No teaching
    Swot Week
    Exam Weeks
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Recognise and examine the impact of chronic health conditions on the Australian health care system based on current trends, predictions and statistics.
    2 Recognise the important aspects of nursing assessment for a person with a chronic health disorder
    3 Construct nursing care plans and teaching strategies for educating and enhancing care for people with diverse chronic and life-limiting illness.
    4 Design and present a poster suitable for presentation at a conference
    5 Investigate and outline consequences of chronic health issues and disability across the lifespan and the role the nurse has in the provision of care.
    6 Construct chronic disease information tables to compare and outline the impact of chronic illness
    7 Identify opportunities to enhance the care of patients/clients with disabilities through the involvement of other health professionals
    8 Investigate and define the role of spirituality in response to chronic health and disability
    9 Recognise & examine legislation and the impact of chronic health on the family, next of kin and the wider community.
    10 Relate and connect the pathophysiology of chronic diseases to lifestyle changes
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1 & 4-7
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2-5, 8, 10
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 5, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    8, 9
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3, 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Chang, E & Johnson, A 2017, Living with Chronic Illness & Disability: Principles for nursing practice, 3rd edition, Elsevier, Chatswood.
    Online Learning
    The online delivery mode of the course offers flexibility and enables students to study at their own pace. However, due to the asynchronous nature of the course, it is highly recommended that students are actively participating in course material on a weekly basis so as not to fall behind in coursework.
    Online materials are also supplemeted by 6 face to face lectures

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Online lectures through MyUni: The content for this course has been reviewed and adapted from existing teaching material for the care of people with chronic health issues and disability. 

    Face to Face Lectures: The content of these six lectures will use a case based methodology


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload for this course has suggested hours of:
    • 9 x 1 hour lectures
    • Online activities of 2 hours per week

    Learning Activities Summary


    Chronic Health: Demography, Prevalence & Isolation

    Chronic Disease: Prevention Across the Continuum

    Living with Cardiovascular Disease - Risk Factors & Nursing

    Cancer & Lung Cancer – Risk Factors & Nursing

    Lifestyle Changes & Diabetes - Risk Factors & Nursing

    Living with COPD & Asthma

    Arthritis & Osteoporosis - Risk Factors & Nursing

    Neurodegenerative Disorders

    Living with Kidney Disease

    Disability: Trends & Prevalence, Visual & Auditory Disturbance

    Disability: Physical

    Disability: Intellectual

    Exam Weeks



    Tutorial content will reflect the weekly lectures series. Students will be advised of the tutorial time and lecture focus at the start of semester.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Due to the online nature of the course, in order for students to participate in online content:
    • Audio input/output from your computer/device
    • Speaker & microphone on computer/device

  • 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
    Online Quiz Formative N/A  2, 5-6
    Online Quizzes Summative 20% 2, 5-6
    Fact Sheet-Living with Chronic Disease Summative 30% 1-3, 6, 10
    Poster & Exhibition Summative 50% 1-4, 7-9
    Assessment Detail
    ASSESSMENT 1: Formative Online Quiz

    Students will be required to complete an online quiz that will test their knowledge of the content from the first few weeks. The first quiz is a formative assessment piece which is compulsory, it is expected students will complete the quiz to a satisfactory standard.

    ASSESSMENT 2: Summative Online Quizzes

    Associated with each online session will be a quiz that exist concurrenlty with online content, then after each face to face case based presentation there will be a second quiz. In total there will be 5 online pre-quizzes and 5 online post case quizzes.

    ASSESSMENT 3: Fact Sheet

    Fact Sheet – Chronic disease: students will create a patient information fact sheet that outlines the lifestyle implications of living with a chronic disease

    ASSESSMENT 4: Poster & Exhibition

    Poster: Students will present a poster using the marking and style guide provided. The topic will come from one of the disease states presented during the course. The poster will need to be constructed to a specific size and style suitable for a conference style poster exhibition.

    Poster exhibition: A poster exhibition will be held enabling students to present and discuss their poster. The presentation will be compulsory and held towards the end of the semester.
    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.

    To apply for an Assessment Extension, a student must submit an application for extension form prior to the assessment deadline. 

    See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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.

    Student feedback suggested that some online content contained too much detail. In response there will be a reduction in online content.
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