Science for Nursing and Midwifery

Description

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 case studies and practical examples, these concepts will be applied to a clinical setting.

Topics will cover a range of processes essential to life, clinical methods of measurement and diagnosis, major body systems and control mechanisms. The relationships between anatomy (structure), physiology (functioning) and biochemistry (molecular interactions) of the human body will be explored. This course is particularly valuable to students wishing to study nursing or midwifery.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Use their knowledge, skills and understanding of key scientific concepts and biochemical, anatomical and physiological concepts to explain health conditions relevant to nursing.

2. Make accurate measurements and calculations relevant to a nursing context.

3. Conduct research relevant to understanding the science behind clinical investigations.

4. Work effectively, both individually and in groups, to solve problems.

Content

  1. 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, rate and ratios".
  6. Concentration, osmosis and diffusion.
  7. Digestive System.
  8. Urinary System.
  9. Cardiovascular System.
  10. Organic Chemistry - biological roles and drug action.
  11. Medical Radiation.
  12. Respiratory System.
  13. Nervous System and regulation of body function.
  14. Endocrine System.
  15. Immune System.
  16. Microorganisms, disease and infection control.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Presentation: Medical Conditions Group Presentation

In Term Test: Mid-semester Class Test

Written Assignment: Research Assignment

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks