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Undergraduate Course: Mind and Body: Life Sciences and Nursing Care 2 (Visiting Students) (NUST08027)

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 is for visiting students who join the year 2 BN cohort as part of an exchange with University of La Trobe in Australia. They remain with the cohort for one semester so this course reflects the first semester content of the larger 40 credit course NUST08023.

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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents come onto this course with a background in physiology and life science from their home university which equates to the Understanding the Person (Year 1) provision here at UoE. - LaTrobe Exchange students ONLY.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  3
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Online Exam - MCQ2:15
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,pathophysiology,pharmacology,clinical nursing skills
Course organiserMiss Lissette Aviles
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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