Science for Nursing and Midwifery
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2013
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.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of biochemical, anatomical and physiological concepts relevant to the health sciences.
2. The ability to apply knowledge and skills to solve clinical problems.
3. Research skills relevant to clinical investigations.
4. The ability to work individually and in groups to complete problem solving case studies
1. Mathematics – measurement, SI units, rates and ratios
2. Chemistry – atoms, molecules and biochemistry
4. Gases and fluids - concentration, osmosis and diffusion
5. Electricity, magnetism and medical equipment.
6. Radiation in diagnosis and treatment.
7. Medical microbiology
8. Disease and pathology
9. Organic chemistry - biological roles and drug action
10. The cellular basis of life.
11. Levels of cellular organisation.
12. Cardiovascular system
13. Respiratory system
14. Digestive system
15. Urinary system
16. Skeletal system
17. Control and regulation of body function; endocrine systems
18. Nervous System organisation and function
19. Microorganisms, disease and infection control; immune system
Modes of Delivery
Problem Based Learning
Lecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks