Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery

Course code HUBS1406Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

This course provides an introduction to the anatomical, biochemical and physiological bases of health and illness. It provides an integrated approach to understanding body function, and, where possible, places the learning in the context of the nursing and midwifery professions, in order to reinforce the relevance and importance of this underpinning knowledge to the nursing and midwifery students future study and career. The course material is structured around the National Health Priority areas of Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Asthma, Obesity, Cancer Control, Mental Health, Arthritis & Musculoskeletal conditions and Injury Prevention & Control.

This course cannot be counted as credit for HUBS1401 Human Bioscience.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course, students should have a basic knowledge and understanding of:

1. The basic characteristics of atoms, molecules and ions.
2. Organic & inorganic compounds: their importance in physiological function.
3. Chemical reactions, reversible reactions and the role of enzymes as catalysts.
4. Acids and bases and how these are buffered physiologically.
5. The function and life cycle of a generalised human cell, and the processes, which, when disordered, result in cancer.
6. The specialisation of cells into the major tissue types, and how those specialisations underlie the various functions of tissues and organs.
7. The composition and functions of blood.
8. The response of tissue to injury: the processes of inflammation, pain and healing.
9. The basic plan of the musculoskeletal system and the movements and forces which predispose to common injuries within the system.
10. The basic plan and principles by which endocrine and nervous systems operate to control and coordinate physiological function, and how their failure can lead to disease.
11. The principle of homeostasis and how it is achieved.
12. The processes of reproduction and development.
13. The body's defences, including a basic understanding of how these defences operate against bacteria, viruses and other classes of microorganisms, and the bodys own damaged or abnormal cells.The basis of immunisation and the use of antivenins.
14. The respiratory system and its roles in ventilation, gas exchange, and acid-base balance.
15. Cardiovascular function, control of blood pressure and the relationship between the respiratory, cardiovascular and renal systems sufficient to understand how failure in one system can lead to chronic disease affecting multiple systems.
16. The processes of digestion and metabolism, the major nutrients and the maintenance of energy balance. The role of the nervous and endocrine systems in the control of appetite.
17. The process of excretion. The roles of the renal system, including blood volume control and acid -base balance in addition to excretion.
18. The central and peripheral nervous systems. Autonomic and somatic, sensory and motor function.
19. The major brain areas and neurotransmitters involved in the control of movement, emotions and memory.
ContentThis course covers the basic bioscience underpinning nursing and midwifery practice, and will cover all the body systems at an introductory level. The content is organised around the themes of the National Health priority areas: Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Asthma, Obesity, Cancer Control, Mental Health, Arthritis & Musculoskeletal conditions and Injury Prevention & Control, and will include the anatomy and physiology required to provide a basic understanding of these areas and their management in nursing and midwifery.
Replacing Course(s)HUBS1401 Human Bioscience 10 unit in Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery programs from 2011
TransitionBachelor of Nursing students only, who have not successfully completed HUBS1401 Human Bioscience by the end of 2010, will undertake HUBS1406 Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery from 2011 onwards.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBasic chemistry and biology.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalFormal written
Course Learning Objectives: 1-19

Students must achieve a passing grade in the formal written examination and must gain a passing grade overall to be able to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course.
Quiz - On-lineHeld during semester.
Course Learning Objectives: 1-19
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing (NPQ) #10706 or Bachelor of Nursing #11725 or the Bachelor of Midwifery #12200.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HUBS1406