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Complexities of Health and Illness Across the Lifespan 1 (NUR231)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1N-internal
MANDURAH: S1N-internal
Description This unit is the first of three that uses a systems-based approach to introduce students to health and illness in the human mind and body across the lifespan. The anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems will be further examined in relation to disease and alterations in homeostasis. The assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacological management of related disorders, along with pain and mental illness will be examined to provide students a theoretical base to apply nursing practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding across the lifespan of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the assessment, diagnosis and pharmacological management of disorders of the respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems.
3. Apply knowledge of the basic mechanisms of fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance in maintaining the body's homeostasis.
4. Discuss the various theories related to pain, individual's response, and the holistic approach to pain management.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of mental illness, related pharmacological management and associated legislation.
Timetabled Learning Activities Facilitated teaching and learning sessions will be available during the semester.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is designed for study online, with students able to complete the Online Learning Topics (OLTs) at their own pace. Each OLT is a discreet learning topic and they may be completed in any order during the semester.
Other Learning Experiences Lectures: A range of pre-recorded teaching sessions will be available for all OLTs through the web unit on the learning management system (LMS). Online teaching and learning resources will be available through the web unit on the LMS.
Assessment The assessment components of this unit include online topic quizzes, a reflective essayand a final examination. Assessments are designed to consolidate online self-directed learning, and to assist students in linking pathophysiological and pharmacological theory to practice. Assessments will allow students to evaluate and demonstrate their understanding of theoretical material to achieve unit learning outcomes. Students will receive detailed feedback on the Written Assignment.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Nursing; completion of all Year 1 Nursing units.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR256 may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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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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