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Undergraduate Course: Nursing Life Sciences (NUST08014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe course will be taught over two ten week semesters and will provide the students with introduction to biological science as applied to nursing and healthcare. In semester one attention will be given to introducing biological principles and homeostasis to form the basis of an understanding of body function.

The human body is then examined system by system. Attention is given to how these systems work, normal anatomy and physiology, associated pathophysiology and the relationship to clinical nursing practice.

This course will introduce the concepts of communicating with adults who are in vulnerable situations. The concept of the nurse's role in caring for the patient with a compromised homeostasis is explored in depth from the basis of developing a sound knowledge of the physiological norms and recognising when these are compromised and the physical, anatomical and psychological effect that this has upon the individual. This conforms with meeting the first level progression point of the NMC 2010 Standards for pre-registration adult nursing education. The course will also utilise e-learning and some lab based forum.

Course description The course will include:
* Systems of Life
* Cells
* Biochemistry
* Microbiology
* Cardiovascular
* Homeostasis
* Respiratory
* Digestive / GI tract
* Introduction to nutrition
* Liver / Pancreas / Gallbladder
* Renal
* Infection and immunity
* Skin
* First Aid
* CPR / Fire Safety / Manual Handling
* Related nursing care
* Revision weeks
* The development of skills to ensure safe, effective, compassionate and respectful communication when dealing with people.
* An introduction to teamwork through the student-mentorship relationship and learning through working with an experienced and competent practitioner.

The foundations of knowledge about the physical workings of the human body are introduced and laid down in this course. Students are introduced to the physiological norms and then explore some deviations in these systems and how these might affect the individual and significant others. This course is a base layer of the spiral curriculum looking at the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the relation that this has on holistically nursing a patient with such disturbances.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Available to Nursing students only
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 40, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Placement Study Abroad Hours 310, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% short answer exam semester 1, 20% course paper and 60% exam semester 2.
Feedback Formative feedback is given on mock exam papers in semester 1 & 2.

Summative feedback is given on the course paper (via Learn) and the exam papers as detailed above.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the biological physiological and anatomical principles of the human body
  2. Be knowledgeable about the social determinants of health impacting on the individual, family and community concept of good physical health
  3. Be aware of the basic disease principles which might affect the human body
  4. Understand the role which health and social care practitioners have in promoting good physical health
  5. dentify the important role which health and social care practitioners have in promoting individual, family and community enablement in maintaining their own health and wellbeing
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jennifer Tocher
Tel: (0131 6)51 1991
Course secretaryMiss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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