NUR5704 - Pathophysiology for advanced paediatric clinical nursing - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Chanika Ilangakoon


Ms Chanika Ilangakoon

Not offered in 2019


Must be enrolled in course code M6006 or M6031.




Understanding the core paediatric pathophysiology is essential to caring for unwell children.

This unit focuses on pathophysiological concepts that will allow nurses to accurately assess and care for paediatric patients.

The theoretical knowledge gained from this unit can assist with the implementation of nursing interventions and planning care in the clinical environment.


Upon successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the anatomy and physiology of adults and children
  2. Describe embryonic development of major body systems and identify the physiological changes involved in transition to extrauterine life
  3. Describe the aetiology, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations of a range of diseases/conditions observed in children and neonates
  4. Analyse principles of nursing management of sick children and neonates
  5. Analyse the genetic and hereditary influences on child health


Students must be working a minimum of 3 days/week in a clinical environment.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Secure online quizzes x 3 throughout semester (30%)
  • Written Assignment (2000-2500 words) (35%)
  • End of semester Written Examination (2 hours) (35%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, online.

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Nursing and midwifery

Clinical nursing