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Applied Pathophysiology (NURS90076)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90076
Summer Term - Online
Term 3 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides a foundation for understanding the pathologic basis of disease across the lifespan.

It equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to explain assessment data and prioritise patient care in a specialty area of practice based on scientific principles.

Core pathophysiological concepts covered will include: cellular responses to stress; adaptation, injury and death; acute and chronic inflammation; tissue renewal and repair; infection; neoplasia; haemodynamic, genetic and immune system disorders and genetic predisposition to disease.

Using a case study based approach, learners will be provided with opportunities to apply their knowledge
in one or more of the following specialty areas of nursing practice.

  • Paediatrics
  • Paediatric Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Care
  • Rural Critical Care
  • Oncology and Palliative Care
  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Renal

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to: 

  • Describe the influence of heredity, environment and age on core pathophysiological concepts and consider implications for assessment and planning patient care;
  • Understand the origins of deviations in normal physiological parameters and discuss the evidence regarding their effect on patient outcomes;
  • Correctly interpret and understand physiological data in the context of pathophysiology and identify implications for monitoring health status and delivering evidence-based nursing interventions;
  • Analyse how different pathophysiological processes evolve with disease progression and contribute to clinical complexity; and
  • Apply core pathophysiological concepts to understand assessment data and prioritise care.

Generic skills

  • A capacity to develop problem-solving and analytical skills;
  • A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in verbal and written modes of communication;
  • A capacity to translate new knowledge learned to nursing practice; and
  • An ability to critically evaluate research and implement evidence-based finding to inform nursing practice.

Last updated: 21 September 2019