Science for Nursing and Midwifery 1

Course code EPHLTH170Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

This course will introduce students to basic mathematics, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology of the human body relevant to studies in the health sciences. Through the use of relevant examples, these theoretical concepts will be applied to a clinical setting. Topics will cover a range of processes that are important to the maintenance of life and some of the medical methods used to measure and understand these. This course is particularly valuable to students wishing to study nursing or midwifery.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Use their knowledge, skills and understanding of key scientific concepts relevant to the health sciences to explain basic health related problems.
2. Conduct research relevant to understanding the science behind clinical investigations.
3. Make accurate measurements and calculations in a nursing context.
4. Work effectively, both individually and in groups, to solve problems.
5. Communicate their scientific knowledge in both oral and written formats using conventions appropriate for the health sciences.
Content1. Homeostasis
2. The Cellular basis of life
3. Levels of cellular organisation
4. Introduction to biological chemistry (atoms, molecules, biological compounds, bonding, chemical reactions)
5. Mathematics - measurement, SI units, rates and ratios
6. Concentration, osmosis and diffusion.
7. Digestive System
8. Urinary System
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNIL
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassExamination: Class (10%)
Students will demonstrate a sound knowledge of the scientific concepts and numeracy skills required for the health sciences.
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch assignment (20%)
The students will demonstrate skills in researching and using relevant technology to investigate a particular health issue. This will involve expressing scientific ideas in a logical and coherent fashion.
Examination: FormalFinal examination (50%)
Students will demonstrate a sound knowledge of the scientific concepts and numeracy skills required for the health sciences.
Presentations - GroupGroupwork Presentation (5%)
Students will be required to work in a group to present a powerpoint presentation that displays their communication skills and their understanding of the disruption of cellular organisation in a disease process.
Quiz - On-lineQuizzes Online (15%)
Successful completion of these quizzes will demonstrate a sound knowledge of the key concepts and a mastery of numeracy skills.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPHLTH170