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NUR3305 - Concepts of pathophysiology

3 points, SCA Band 0, 0.063 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Alan Howgrave-Grahan(Gippsland & Mildura); Dr Ralph Arwas (Peninsula)


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


The unit will review the functions of the cardiovascular system, and examine the pathophysiological processes in hypertension and myocardial infarction; survey the normal functions of the brain and special senses, and examine the pathophysiology of cerebrovascular accident, motor impairment and sensory impairment; survey the cellular origins of malignant disease and the pathophysiology of its progress; review normal respiratory function and examine the effects of infectious disease on the respiratory system; and examine the microbiology and pathophysiology of sepsis, septic shock and coagulation disorders.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the brain and special sense organs;
  2. show a familiarity with major disorders of the nervous system, and the effects of injuries to it;
  3. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system;
  4. show a familiarity with the pathophysiological processes in hypertension and in myocardial infarction;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the genetic and cellular origins of cancer;
  6. describe the progress of common cancers at the tissue and whole body levels;
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of infections of the respiratory system;
  8. demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiological processes which lead to septic shock;
  9. identify the signs and symptoms of septic shock, and demonstrate an understanding of its management;
  10. develop skills in the observation, presentation and critical evaluation of clinical data; and
  11. apply theoretical concepts to clinical situations to develop a framework for scientific understanding of nursing practice.


Tutorial work (1 oral report): 20%
1 written common group task: 30%
Written examination (1 hour): 50%

Contact hours

36 contact hours and 42 hours of private study


NUR1301, NUR1302, NUR2303, NUR2304


Must be enrolled in course code 0412, 0413, 0727, 1249 or 3558