NS0514 - Bio-Science Applied to Adult Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

Nurses in all fields require an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and physical and mental health problems across the age spectrum. These are considered an essential basis for safe and effective practice. This module will enable you to apply biosciences to understand the determinants of health- social, psychological, behavioural, environmental and genetic factors and how they impact on health at a physical and psychological level. You will develop an understanding of the functioning of the body at different levels (cell, tissue, organ, system) and how this knowledge will assist you in delivering safe, holistic, compassionate nursing care.

How will I learn on this module?

Within the module, you will learn through a variety of teaching styles. Key concepts within the module will be introduced through face to face lectures and electronic learning format. Further exploration of key concepts will occur within personal tutor groups to allow for debate and discussion. You will also be utilising interactive and practical workshops to develop clinical skills and application of theory. There is an expectation that you will engage in self-directed study and independent learning

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported throughout the module by the academic staff attached to the module. Within your personal tutor groups, you will receive assessment support in the form of a seminar. Support will also be given in the form of interactive discussions during lectures, seminars and practicals. In addition to this the e-Learning platform will contain all relevant information relating to the module and discussion boards where questions and queries can be posted. Student support services can be accessed within the library. Skills Plus is online resource available via the library homepage that has a variety of study skills resources useful resource that can support your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Apply knowledge of pathophysiological processes to explain risk factors pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and management of disease.
• Explore fundamental concepts and principles in relation to the pathological processes (mechanisms) of disease.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will be able to integrate your knowledge of pathophysiological processes to your clinical decision making to inform assessment and management of patients/clients across the age spectrum.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• As part of the multi-disciplinary team integrate your knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological processes to provide information to patients about their condition/disease to promote understanding to enable patient engagement in decision making about their care and treatment.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
• Peer review relating to patient assessment (final seminar)
• Vignette given in introductory lecture for students to prepare presentation in final seminar

Summative assessment
• Choice of vignettes and application of a clinical decision making model to analyse patient assessment and management
• All MLO’s will be addressed within the assessment criteria.





Module abstract

This module will enable you to demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge of biosciences seeking to explain the altered physiological processes or mechanisms which lead to the abnormal functioning of organs and result in the development and progression of a disease. Pathophysiology focuses on the abnormal functioning of diseased organs resulting from causes of disease/illness. This can include the acute and long-term progression and functional changes associated with, or resulting from disease and injury. Knowledge of pathophysiology enables students to understand aetiology and clinical manifestations and this understanding will inform the care for patients. Nurses also have professional responsibilities for monitoring safety and effectiveness of treatments and providing advice and explanations for patients and carers.

Course info

UCAS Code B700

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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