NURSING 2008 - Biology of Human Disease II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
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, nervous and reproductive systems. The base knowledge provided by this course will encourage students to adopt an attitude to incorporating scientific concepts throughout their nursing career.
Course Coordinator: Bonnie WilliamsCourse 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
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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)
1-4 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
1-4 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
1-5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-5 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
4-5 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
Required ResourcesCourse information will be provided on MyUni. Students are expected to engage frequently and deeply with this material. Course notes for each lecture session will be provided and will serve as a reference for taking notes.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended course readings and links to relevant websites may be posted by lecturers on the MyUni course pages.
Bullock S, Hales M. Principles of pathophysiology . Second edition. Melbourne, VIC: Pearson Australia; 2019.
The above textbook is available as an Ebook via The University of Adelaide Library.
Both the 2013 and 2019 publication are suitable resources to support the content delivered within NURSING 2005.
Online LearningThe online delivery of lectures in this 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 course work.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesNURSING 2008 topics are covered through weekly online lectures. Concepts will be reinforced and expanded upon during weekly tutorials throughout the semester. Online revision quizzes spaced throughout the semester are designed to promote regular revision of the material covered in the lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students are reminded that the overall predicted workload for a full-time student (taking 4 x 3-unit courses per semester) is an average of 48-hours per week. This includes contact and non-contact hours and includes general study and time to complete assignments. As NURSING 2008 is a 3-unit course then it is expected that you spend approximately 12 hours per week studying this course. This includes 48 hours of online and face-to-face teaching contact across the semester (lectures, tutorials), along with additional preparation for assessment tasks, tutorials and examinations.
Learning Activities SummaryAn up-to-date timetable of course activities can be downloaded from MyUni.
The course is organised in lecture series framed around different organ systems. Lecture series may vary from year to year, but past organ systems included gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, nervous and reproductive systems. Lectures are supported by weekly tutorials and concept check summative quizzes.
Specific Course RequirementsThe student needs to have passed Biology of Nursing Practice (Nursing 1005) or equivalent courses on normal anatomy and physiology
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGDE 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.
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 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%
Assessment Related RequirementsDetails of assessment items will be found on the MyUni course pages and will be further discussed in class.
Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Online Concept Check Quizzes
Weighting: Quiz #1 = 0%; Quiz #2 = 7.5%; Quiz #3 = 7.5% (15% total)
Description: Three short assessments using 15 MCQs to test work done in previous weeks.
Assessment 2: SGDE Group Project
Description: This assignment will examine the ability of students to work in a team to conduct high quality research on a topic related to the pathophysiology of human disease. This assignment provides an assessment of student’s ability to present health information to scientific audiences in a clear, concise and scientific way.
Assessment 3: Mid-Semester Exam
Description: This test will examine lecture material through MCQs and SAQs from the first half of the semester. 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.
Assessment 4: Active Tutorial Participation
Description: Students will be awarded 10% for participating in tutorial sessions throughout the semester and being involved in the completion of tutorial exercises and activities.
Assessment 5: End of Semester Exam
Description: The end of semester examination is aimed at ascertaining each student’s grasp of the principles and core course content presented during this course and will be held in the University’s official examination period. It will contain multiple choice and short answer questions that 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 time allocated will be 110 minutes (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.
SubmissionUnless 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.
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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.
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 (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.
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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