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NUR2304 - Science in nursing 4

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 Second semester 2007 (Day)
Mildura Second semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


The unit aims to continue the study of anatomy and physiology by examining nutrition and metabolism, the reproductive system, embryonic and foetal development and human genetics. 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. demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which nutrients are broken down to yield energy and of how levels of nutrients in the blood are regulated;
  2. relate the regulation of blood levels of nutrients to energy balance;
  3. relate the general anatomy of the male and female reproductive systems to their functions across the life span;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the processes of gametogenesis and fertilisation;
  5. demonstrate an appreciation of the processes of embryonic development and the maternal adaptations to pregnancy;
  6. demonstrate an appreciation of the development of the foetal circulatory and respiratory systems;
  7. demonstrate an awareness and an appreciation of the major disorders of pregnancy and development;
  8. use human examples to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of Mendelian genetics, including the nature and significance of genetic disease;
  9. develop skills in the observation, presentation and critical evaluation of first-hand data; and
  10. 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


NUR1301, NUR1302