NURSING 2008 - Biology of Human Disease II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Biology of Human Disease II identifies the most significant pathological illness states facing the Australian population. The use of clinical cases encourages students to relate scientific principles to the medical and nursing interventions. The course provides a systematic approach to the description of pathological changes of gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous and reproductive 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 2008
    Course Biology of Human Disease II
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites NURSING 1005
    Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only
    Course Description Biology of Human Disease II identifies the most significant pathological illness states facing the Australian population. The use of clinical cases encourages students to relate scientific principles to the medical and nursing interventions. The course provides a systematic approach to the description of pathological changes of gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous and reproductive 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: Bonnie Williams

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kent Algate, PhD 
    Phone: +61 8 8313 36322
    Location: Helen Mayo North Building, 241

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kencana (Anak) Dharmapatni
    Phone: +61 8 8313 5986
    Location: Helen Mayo North Building, 612a

    Course Coordinator email:

    School Office

    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 Explain the physiological processes, interactions and controls to maintain homeostasis in the specific areas of; neurological, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and reproductive pathologies.
    4 Discuss the clinical manifestations and nursing management of selected disease processes and health problems.
    5 Work in teams to apply theur knowledge to investigate clinical scenarios and discuss pathophysiology concepts.
    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)
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Bullock, S Hales, M, Second Edition. (2018). Principles of Pathophysiology. Frenchs Forest, NSW. Pearson. 

    Recommended Resources
    Norris, T. Tenth Edition (2018). Porth’s “Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States," South Holland, Netherlands, LWW.
    Online Learning
    Online resources will be provided throughout the course in lectures and tutorials.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Biology of Human Disease II topics are covered in lectures (face-face and online) and tutorials. The general format is that of one 50-minute face-face lecture, online lectures and one 50-minute large-group tutorial session per week.

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

    The workload for this course has the suggested hours of:
    • 1x 50-minutes face-face lecture per week
    • 1x 50-minute tutorial per week
    • Online lectures
    In addition to the contact hours above, some weeks will require interaction with online lectures or attendance at 2x 50-minute face-face lectures. Preparation during non-contact hours (4-5 hours/week) is also needed for tutorials, assignments and group tasks.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Module/Lecture Series:

    Module 1: Bone and Joint
    - Fracture Healing
    - Rheumatoid Arthritis 
    - Osteoporosis/Osteoarthritis

    Module 2: Respiratory/Lung Disease
    - Asthma
    - Emphysema/Bronchitis
    - Pneumonia/Tuberculosis 

    Module 3: Neurological disorders I
    - Meningitis
    - Alzheimer's Disease
    - Stroke/Traumatic Head Injury

    Module 4: Neurological disorders II
    - Multiple Sclerosis
    - Parkinson's Disease
    - Motor Neuron Disease/Spinal Cord Injury 

    Module 5: Sexual and Reproductive Pathology
    - Bacterial sexually transmitted infection
    - Viral sexually transmitted infection
    - Female/Male Reproductive pathology 

    Module 6: Liver and GIT disease
    - Cirrhosis/Hepatitis
    - Appendicitis/Peritonitis
    - Colorectal Cancer & Bowel disease

    Specific Course Requirements
    The student needs to have passed Biology of Nursing Practice (Nursing 1005) or equivalent courses on normal anatomy and physiology
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    SGDE groups consisting of 5-6 students provide experience working in a team, which is an essential skill for both academic and professional development. These activities are also intended to encourage in-depth learning; a major univeristy graduate attribute. Through this activity, studets will interact with their peers and tutors in completing a group task over the semester.
  • 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
    Online Formative Quiz Formative 0%
    Online Concept Check Quiz (x2) Summative 15% (7.5% each)
    SGDE Group Project Summative 20%
    Mid-Semester Exam Summative 20%
    Active Tutorial Participation Summative 10%
    End of Semester Exam Summative 35%
    Modified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates:

    Online Delivery for mid-semester and end-semester exam
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Details of assessment items will be found in the Study Guide, on MyUni and will be further discussed in class.

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Mini-Tests x3
    Assessment type: 1x formative, 2x summative
    Weighting: mini-test#1 = 0%; min-test#2 = 5%; mini-test#3 = 5% (15% total)
    Description: Three short assessments using 10 MCQs to test work done in previous weeks.

    Assessment 2: Mid-Semester Test
    Assessment type: summative
    Weighting: 20%
    Description: This test will examine lecture material front he first half of this semester. It will contain short answer questions and MCQs.

    Assessment 3: Group Clinical Scenario Assignment
    Assessment type: summative
    Weighting: 20%
    Description: This assignment will examine the ability of a group of 6 to work together and produce a group oral presentation outlining the Pathophysiology of a common clinical condition. All group members will receive the same mark.

    Assessment 4: End of Semester Exam
    Assessment type: summative
    Weighting: 50%
    Description: This 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 MCQs. This time allocated will be 130mins (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.
    Unless otherwise indicated all assignments are to be submitted through MyUni. 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
    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.

    Feedback from students indicated in 2018 course eSELT has demonstrated some good aspects of the course such as: sufficient but not overwhelming information, online quizzes, combine face to face and online lectures and flipped classroom style. Some concerns indicated by students were: a short semester, need more routine and simplified tutorials and need to ascertain that quiz questions are covered in the lecture handouts. Some changes will be made this year to accommodate student's feedback. From 2019 the course is delivered for 7 weeks. Tutorial questions will be modified to fit into each session. Quiz questions will be more closely associated with lecture handouts.
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  • Policies & Guidelines
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