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Undergraduate Course: Nursing Care and Decision Making (for visiting students) (NUST08018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityPart-year visiting students only
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will build on the concepts of communicating with adults who are in vulnerable situations building on foundation knowledge. 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 course fulfils the requirements of the subject level exchange with La Trobe University.
Course description This course will be taught over a six-week period, followed by a five-week period in practice placement. The following content is covered, as applied to nursing care:
Continence, sexual health, neurodegenerative conditions, dementia, MS, Parkinson's, endocrine and diabetes
Related nursing care
Revision week (student led)
Mandatory skills CPR / Fire Safety / Manual Handling

The development of skills to ensure safe, effective, compassionate and respectful communication when dealing with people.

An introduction to team working through the student-mentorship relationship and learning through working with an experienced and competent practitioner

Each system will address the principles of normal biology, physiology and anatomy and introduce some basic principles of disease process and nursing priorities building where appropriate on knowledge acquired in year 1.

This course contributes to 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. The foundations of knowledge about the physical workings of the human body are further developed in this course. Students are taught the physiological norms and then explore some deviation in these systems and how these might affect the individual and significant others.

The course involves teaching in simulated situations in the clinical skills facility, and practice placement with a qualified mentor to support learning and provide assessment of competence in practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only available to Nursing exchange students. Other visiting students can request it via the CAHSS Visiting Student Office (by emailing, but it is unlikely those requests will be approved.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  4
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 1.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 159 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam 40%; Coursework 60%

Feedback Formative feedback will be given on Quizzes, Multiple Choice Tests and Class discussion sessions.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have an awareness of biological mechanisms in relation to health building upon previous anatomical and physical principles from year 1
  2. Be knowledgeable about the social determinants of health impacting on the individual, family and community concept of good physical health
  3. Understand the nutritional requirements in health and disease with specific reference to patients undergoing surgery
  4. Identify the important role which health and social care practitioners have in promoting individual, family and community enablement in maintaining their own health and wellbeing
  5. Further develop nursing reflective skills
Reading List
Brooker C Nicoll M (2011) Nursing Practice (4th ed) Churchill Livingstone Elsevier Edinburgh
Brooker C Waugh A (2013) (2nd ed) Foundations of Nursing Practice: Fundamentals of Holistic Care Mosby Edinburgh
Waugh A, Grant A (2014) Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness. 12th Ed. Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier. Edinburgh
Drake RL et al (2010) Gray's Anatomy for Students. 2nd Ed. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Philadelphia.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to problem solve both individually and as part of a team/small group.
Students have the opportunity to develop their enquiry skills
Through practice based learning students develop the ability to work as part of a team with others from a variety of disciplines
KeywordsNursing,anatomy and physiology,nursing decision,nursing care
Course organiserMs Maggie Carson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3928
Course secretaryMiss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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