12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
M2006 or M3007
Students must submit a domestic and international (where required) police check, working with children check, immunisation compliance forms and evidence of serology to pass the unit and be allocated a clinical placement.
The cost associated with these requirements are at the students expense.
This unit builds uponand introduces students to the pathophysiological changes that can impact human health and the working of the human body across the lifespan.
Students will be expected to use their knowledge of the structure and function of the healthy body to study the pathophysiological and psychosocial changes associated with various body systems. The safe pharmacological management of patients with conditions and illnesses associated with these systems is a key focus of this unit.
The unit provides students with the opportunity to question the evidence for fundamental nursing interventions and demonstrate a systematic and holistic approach to assessment and interpretation of findings.
In a preclinical simulated environment, students will practice patient assessment related to the conditions and illnesses of designated body systems, safe parenteral injection of medications, management of fluids and electrolytes (including IV), venepuncture, IDC insertion and management, wound management, stoma care and pressure injury surveillance.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Describe the normal structure and function of body systems as they affect health across the lifespan, including how the lymphoid system responds to microbes and infection;
- Identify the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and the nursing/midwifery practice considerations related to associated musculoskeletal conditions.
- Outline the normal structure and function of the endocrine system and the associated nursing/midwifery practice considerations in the management of related disease processes;
- Outline the normal structure and function of the digestive system, metabolism and associated nursing/midwifery practice considerations related to minor gastrointestinal conditions;
- Describe the normal structure and function of the urinary system and fluid balance, electrolyte balance and the nursing/midwifery practice considerations involving urinary tract conditions;
- Identify the components of the reproductive system and their functions;
- Plan and implement fundamental nursing care to meet the needs of patients with common and important illnesses including renal, gastrointestinal and endocrine conditions;
- Demonstrate safe, evidenced based clinical practice integrating theoretical principles and procedural skills;
- Demonstrate safe, evidenced based principles of medication management related to patient safety.
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 3 hours and 10 minutes.
- Open Notes Final Examination (3 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)
- Medication Calculation exam (30 minutes) (5%) (Hurdle)
- Clinical Skills Assessment (Safe Administration of Medication) (30 minutes) (10%) (Hurdle)
- Moodle based learning activities (10%)
- Musculoskeletal Anatomy Test (40 minutes) (15%)
- Clinical Placement (20%) (Hurdle)
Students are required to attend all schedules workshops, clinical learning environment sessions, tutorials and practical classes unless documentary evidence (such as a medical certificate or statutory declaration) is provided.
Minimum attendance to pass the unit is 80%.
Clinical placement (80 Hours) (100% attendance).
- 10 hours of teacher facilitated study per week, including 4 hours of lectures
- 1 hour of nursing workshops
- 1 hour of on-campus clinical learning environment time
- 2 hours of bioscience tutorials
- 2 hours of bioscience practicals (fortnight).
- 12 hours of student directed private study per week
See also Unit timetable information
Off-campus attendance requirements
Students are required to attend all scheduled workshops, clinical learning environment sessions, tutorials and practical classes unless documentary evidence (such as a medical certificate or statutory declaration) is provided.
Minimum attendance to pass the unit is 80%. Students are required to attend 80 hours of Clinical Placement to pass the unit (100% attendance).