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Undergraduate Course: Pathophysiology and nursing care: Life Sciences and Nursing Care 3 (NUST10054)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course includes clinical teaching and clinical assessment components and is not open to students outside of the BN and MN programmes.

The aim of this course, at SCQF 10, is to enhance understanding of the pathophysiology and nursing care of patients diagnosed with particular acute disease conditions and associated lived realties. This course builds on the previous Life Sciences content and skills alongside practice experiences. Key to this course is the co-construction of the content with the students. By drawing on their past learning and knowledge and skills acquisition they will be meaningful contributors to the planning and/or approval processes. With appropriate support, students will be able to apply and integrate their content knowledge of the pathophysiological processes in health deviation acquired in years 1and 2, and experiential knowledge from practice placements, and become equipped to deepen their understanding and critical appraisal of care to meet the desired and shared learning outcomes.
Course description The aim of this course, at SCQF 10, is to enhance understanding of the pathophysiology, treatment and nursing care, and care experiences, of patients diagnosed with particular acute disease conditions. The content includes pathophysiology, aetiology, epidemiology, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, pharmacology and related patient care. Critically, students gain an understanding of complex clinical situations, the dependence of patients in vulnerable situations and the autonomy of patients whenever possible. The course focuses on identified pathological changes, investigations, therapeutic interventions and the care patients require in order to manage their illness and emphasises the importance of working in partnership with patients and their families in the delivery of holistic care. This co-constructed course is designed, therefore, to foster an assimilation of this material into an existing cognitive framework, drawing on a sound knowledge of life sciences, nursing care and decision making from the earlier courses in the programme. Learning will be part lectures, part student-led seminars appropriate for students at Honours level learning and relate to the learning outcomes and how these will be assessed.
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:  62
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 'Seen' examination 100%
Numeracy Test
The NMC requires students to undertake and pass a numeracy test achieving a 100% score. The test will be undertaken as part of this course within a specially scheduled class time.
Feedback A self assessed and group feedback session on a MCQ. As a group, students will use their individual self assessments to collectively and collaboratively develop ideal learning from this exercise. A midcourse evaluation will support the course co- construction ideals
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. an ability to critically discuss how the normal physiology can be altered in acute disease
  2. a detailed, evidence based knowledge of the diagnostic and treatment interventions and the nurse's role in supporting the patient through such interventions
  3. an appreciation the psychosocial and emotional implications of physical illness for the patient and family and offer insightful interpretations and solutions to help them cope with illness.
  4. the ability to practise a person-centred, compassionate approach in assessment, implementation and evaluation of care and therapeutic effects of prescribed treatments.
  5. a standard of practice that demonstrates both an analytical and intuitive approach to the care of patients/clients and families in the clinical context.
Reading List
Brooker C Nicol M (eds) (2011) Alexander┬┐s Nursing Practice (4th ed) Churchill Livingstone Elsevier Edinburgh (5th edition in press)

Garden OJ JLR parks RW (2017) Principles and Practice of Surgery (7th ed) Elsevier Edinburgh

National Institute for health and Care Excellence (2018) Acutely ill patients in hospital: an overview

Nielsen A. Stragnell S Jester p (2007) Guide for Reflection Using the Clinical Judgment Model Journal of Nursing Education 46 (11) 513-516
Ralston SH Penman ID Strachan MWJ Hobson RP (2018) Davidson┬┐s Principles and Practice of Medicine (23rd ed) Elsevier Edinburgh
Shor I (1992) Empowering Education The University of Chicage Press Ltd London

Smith P (2012) The Emotional Labour of Nursing Revisited: can nurses still care? 2nd edition, Palgrave MacMillan

Weimer M (2002). Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice Jossey-Bass San Francisco CA
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Curiosity for learning that makes a positive difference
Through engaging with a real patient care problems
Through seeing how their studies actually apply to the reality of patient experiences and nursing care
Through engagement with the content and its reality in practice, they will develop the capacity and empowerment to plan their own learning and demonstrate
creative problem solving and research
critical and reflective thinking
effective, compassionate and person centred care delivery
KeywordsPathophysiology,Nursing care,clinical decision making,critical thinking,person-centred care
Course organiserProf Tonks Fawcett
Tel: (0131 6)50 3883
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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