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NUR2303 - Science in nursing 3

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Phillip Brook-Carter (Gippsland & Mildura) & Dr Wayne Sturrock (Peninsula)


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Mildura First semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula Summer semester A 2007 (Day)


The unit aims to continue the study of anatomy and physiology undertaken in first year by examining the urinary system, fluids and electrolytes, the digestive system, and the involvement of nerves and hormones in each. The study of microbiology commenced in first year is extended to examine the immune response to infection and immune disorders. In each body system normal functioning will be compared to a selected number of disease states. At this level, a greater emphasis is placed on pathophysiology by the use of case study scenarios.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. relate the structure and function of the nervous and endocrine systems to the body's responses to internal and external stimuli;
  2. relate the general anatomy of the urinary system to its function;
  3. demonstrate an appreciation and awareness of the major disorders of the urinary system across the lifespan;
  4. consolidate and apply an understanding of chemical principles, and of the circulatory, respiratory and urinary systems, to an understanding of the regulation of body fluids;
  5. relate the general anatomy of the digestive system to its function;
  6. demonstrate an appreciation and awareness of the major disorders of the digestive system across the lifespan;
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the inflammatory response to microbial invasion;
  8. relate the functioning of the immune system to its ability to overcome infection;
  9. explain how inappropriate functioning of the immune system leads to immune disorders;
  10. discuss the effects of immunodeficiency, especially as it relates to the compromised patient;
  11. develop skills in the observation, presentation and critical evaluation of first-hand data; and
  12. apply theoretical concepts to clinical situations to develop a framework for scientific understanding of nursing practice.


Laboratory work (3 class exercises): 30%
Quizzes (4 on-line): 10%
Written Examination (2 hours): 60%

Contact hours

6 hours per week (lecture, tutorial, laboratory)


NUR1301, NUR1302