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Health Across the Lifespan 1 (NUR112)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1N-internal
MANDURAH: S1N-internal
Description This unit draws on theoretical perspectives of lifespan development from conception through to senescence. Taking a broad approach to lifespan development the biophysical, cognitive, psychosocial, moral and spiritual, and environmental perspectives will be explored. Introducing evidence based principles students will investigate the determinants of health that contribute to individual, family and community wellbeing across the lifespan. Topics relating to the national health priorities across the lifespan, including intellectual and physical disability will be introduced to provide a conceptual grounding.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Discuss the principles and definitions related to growth and development and understand the multiple factors that influence them across the lifespan.
2. Describe the theories related to life span growth and development and discuss the development areas of physical, motor, psychosocial and activities of daily living, pertinent to age, gender and culture.
3. Understand the importance of integrating the best available evidence of health promoting health education into practice.
4. Describe the principles of promoting health through health education across the lifespan.
5. Discuss the factors of nutrition, activity and exercise, hygiene and safety related to growth and development across the lifespan.
6. Discuss and demonstrate the development of a range of nursing knowledge and skills in order to assist clients in a range of health care settings to meet their nutrition, activity and exercise, hygiene and safety needs.
7. Develop an understanding of the national health priority areas across the lifespan.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit incorporates structured timetabled learning in the form of interactive lectures and timetabled semi-structured learning in the form of tutorials and clinical laboratory sessions. Tutorial and clinical laboratory learning activities are designed to facilitate critical thinking, reflection and reflexivity, peer collaboration and interaction, and simulated learning. The unit also includes blended learning strategies reflected in self-directed learning activities and online interactive tools. The unit is divided into twelve weekly modules, each providing a short overview of the topic, learning outcomes, tutorial activities, and direction to reading and other online resources.
Other Learning Experiences Lecture: 1 hour per week, prerecorded and available via ECHO through the web unit on the learning management system.
Assessment The assessment components of this unit include an online quiz, descriptive essay and a closed book Final Examination. Assessment in this unit is used to provide opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, analysis, evaluation skills, critical reflection, and application of theoretical concepts and research evidence to practice. The online quiz is designed to assess the students' knowledge base early on in the semester to allow feedback and the provision of teaching and learning strategies if required. The descriptive essay is designed to provide opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts and research evidence to practice, while developing written communication skills. The exam will consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions, and assess student learning from throughout the semester.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Nursing
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR100 Introduction to Nursing Practice may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2015: 'Health Across the Lifespan'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Nursing (BNurs) [New in 2016]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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