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Concepts in Pathophysiology (10201.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nursing


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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

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