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Concepts in Pathophysiology (10201.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nursing


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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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  • Semester 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (193547) - View
  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (188472) - View

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An understanding of pathophysiology of the human body is essential for all health practitioners. Using a conceptual framework and a case study approach, students will examine systemic physiological processes and associated alterations across the life span. Key concepts covered in this unit will relate to: ventilation/perfusion, pressure, inflammation, immunology, haemostasis, acid-base and fluid imbalance.

On completion of this unit students will demonstrate: knowledge and understanding of the processes underlying common alterations to health, and apply and articulate this knowledge to the analysis of specific body systems; through critical thinking.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Define specific pathophysiological concepts;

2. Apply pathophysiological concepts to body systems;

3. Discuss manifestations associated with altered health states across the life span; and

4. Apply the fundamental pathophysiological concepts to diverse clinical situations.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

150 hours over the enrolment period, consisting of online podcast/lectures and tutorials.


10298 Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology OR
9042 Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses OR
9808 Regional Anatomy and Physiology OR
6529 Systemic Anatomy and Physiology



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

9053 Alterations in Health 2

Equivalent Units


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