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Undergraduate Course: Mind and Body: Life Sciences and Nursing Care 2 (NUST08023)

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) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course includes clinical teaching and clinical assessment components and is not open to students outside of the BN and MN programmes.

This course sits within year 2 of the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours (Adult) programme and builds on knowledge gained in Understanding the person: Life sciences and nursing care 1. This course aims to develop knowledge in the biological sciences and their application to the person in the context of nursing and healthcare. Using a framework of the life course from conception to death normal development and ageing will be considered alongside disease and degenerative processes. The nurse's role in caring for the person with an acute or long-term condition will be explored and related to the relevant anatomy, physiology, psychology and pathology. The principles of pharmacology and pharmacological management will be introduced.
Course description Outline content
This course will follow the stages of the life course:
a) Conception to birth
b) Childhood
c) Adolescence
d) Young adult
e) Older adult (fit)
f) Older adult (frail)
g) Death and dying
Through these stages normal development and aging of the body will be related to pathologies namely:
a) Developmental disorders
b) Infectious disease and immunisation
c) Trauma
d) Non communicable diseases
i) Cardiovascular
ii) Respiratory
iii) Neurodegenerative
iv) Autoimmune
v) Oncological
vi) Musculoskeletal
e) Frailty

Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management will be introduced related to the above stages and pathologies. This will include:
a) Pharmacokinetics
b) Pharmacodynamics
c) Common drugs and medicines
d) Lifestyle

3) Student learning experience
The course will adopt a student centered learning approach with a mix of inputs. These will range from lectures including flipped lectures, clinical case examples, arts based approaches including body art, practical clinical skills sessions, practical anatomy workbooks, class discussions and tutorials. Students will demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes through the December and May exams and the February course paper. As nursing is based on good bio-psycho-social understanding of the individual it is important that at this fundamental level a breadth of knowledge is assessed as well as giving the opportunity for students to demonstrate their depth of knowledge. This knowledge will underpin and inform practice. Practical skills will be assessed on the placements and contribute to progression on the programme, but not the academic mark for this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  60
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 40, Online Activities 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Revision Session Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 256 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course has 3 assessment components:

1. December exam: 30% of the course assessment.
2. Semester 1 course paper, 1000 - 1500 words, 20% of the course assessment.
3. May exam: 50% of course assessment.

Students must achieve a pass for the course overall and can compensate between components.
Feedback Semester 1 example questions will be given out for the students select and draft an answer, these will be discussed, and peer marked in week 7 tutorials.
Semester 2 example exam questions will be given out for the students to draft answer one, these will be discussed, and peer marked in week 7 tutorials.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Online Exam - MCQ2:15
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply a knowledge of physiological and anatomical systems to the development and aging of the human body
  2. Discuss the principles of pharmacological and non-pharmacological management in the nursing care of adult patients to promote good physical and mental health
  3. Discuss how basic disease principles might affect the development and aging of the human body
  4. Discuss the role which health and social care practitioners have in promoting good physical and mental health
  5. Understand the important role which health and social care practitioners have in promoting individual, family and community health through maintaining their own health and wellbeing
Reading List
P Marshall, B Gallacher , J Jolly, S Rinomhota (2016) Anatomy and Physiology in Healthcare, Scion publishing
JE Hall, A Guyton (2016) Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology, 13th Ed Elsevier
RL Drake, W Vogl, AWM Mitchell (2015) Gray's anatomy for students, Churchill Livingstone / Elsevier
H Rang, J Ritter, R Flower, G Henderson, J Ritter, G Henderson. (2016). Rang and Dale's pharmacology. 8th ed., Edinburgh, Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone.
C Herrington. (2014). Muir's textbook of pathology. 15th ed., CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will stimulate students' curiosity for learning in the biosciences. It will enable students to apply that learning to practice and make a positive difference through reflection on its application. It will develop skills in communicating up to date bioscience concepts to patients in a clear and understandable way.
KeywordsBioscience,pathology,pharmacology,clinical nursing skills
Course organiserMiss Lissette Aviles
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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