Science for Nursing and Midwifery 1


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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.


  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, rates and ratios
  6. Concentration, osmosis and diffusion.
  7. Digestive System
  8. Urinary System

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Presentation: Group Presentation

In Term Test: Mid-semester Class Test

Written Assignment: Research Assignment

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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