Science for Nursing and Midwifery

Course code EPHLTH370Units 20English 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 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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
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.
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, 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.
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%)
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 - GroupGroup 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 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 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EPHLTH370