BIOH12008 - Human Pathophysiology
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit develops an understanding of disease and dysfunction from an anatomical and physiological perspective, with emphasis on integrating knowledge of tissues and organ systems into a holistic framework of body function and dysfunction. It will provide the student with a strong theoretical perspective on the mechanisms of normal and altered functioning of human cells, organs and organ systems. Using a comprehensive study guide with reference to additional readings, unit content is presented in a way that fosters a critical and conceptual foundation emphasising the integration of organ systems and their functioning within the body. Particular emphasis is placed on the widespread effects upon other systems following dysfunction of a particular organ or system of the human body and the ability to discuss specific disorders in relation to general concepts of dysfunction.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:-

BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 OR BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology OR BIOL11100 Functional Biology; OR ALLH11005 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 1 AND ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the likely consequences and symptoms of specific diseases.
  2. Apply functional information about the interdependence of human body symptoms to explain the consequences of disease.
  3. Explain the mechanisms of physiological dysfunction that cause altered cell growth and differentiation.
  4. Explain the major causes, symptoms and consequences of dysfunction of the cardiovascular, reproductive, nervous, skeletal, respiratory, integumentary, endocrine, renal, digestive and sensory systems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Examination  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication    
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence  
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

There are no prescribed textbooks

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Pathophysiology. The biologic basis for disease in adults and children.
Author/s: McCance, K.L., Huether, S.E., Brashers, V.L. and N.S. Rote Year: 2014
Edition: 7th Publisher: Elsevier
City: St Louis State: Missouri
Country: USA
Gould's Pathophysiology for the Health Professions
Author/s: VanMeter, K.C., Hubert, R.J. Year: 2014
Edition: 5th Publisher: Saunders
City: St. Luis State: Missouri
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

The textbooks are listed as 'supplementary' which means they are optional: you do not have to have a copy. A textbook is not essential for this unit (which has a comprehensive study guide), but is nevertheless a very useful resource.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorOlivia Daniels (o.daniels@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Neoplasia

Study guide topic 1

Disease Awareness Pamphlet online selection site opens Monday 21:00 AEST (closes on Week 4, Monday 21:00 AEST)
Week 2 17-07-2017

Dysfunction of the Circulatory System

Study guide topic 2


Week 3 24-07-2017

Dysfunction of the Heart

Study guide topic 3


Week 4 31-07-2017

Dysfunction of the Respiratory System

Study guide topic 4

Disease Awareness Pamphlet online submission site opens Monday 21:00 AEST (closes on Week 9, Monday 21:00 AEST)

Week 5 07-08-2017

Dysfunction of the Renal System

Study guide topic 5


Vacation Week 14-08-2017


Week 6 21-08-2017

Dysfunction of the Nervous System

Study guide topic 6


Week 7 28-08-2017

Dysfunction of the Digestive System

Study guide topic 7


Week 8 04-09-2017

Dysfunction of the Endocrine System

Study guide topic 8


Week 9 11-09-2017 Disorders of the Skeletal System

Study guide topic 9


Disease Awareness Pamphlet Due Monday (11 Sep 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017 Disorders of the Skin

Study guide topic 10


Week 11 25-09-2017 Disorders of the Reproductive System

Study guide topic 11


Week 12 02-10-2017

Disorders of Vision and Hearing
Revision and examination technique

Study guide topic 12


Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017


1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Disease Awareness Pamphlet
Task Description

Rationale

In the clinical context, health professionals are expected to have in-depth knowledge and understanding of pathophysiology processes and their interrelationship. Population demographics demonstrate increased ageing and concomitant complex morbidities in healthcare. Students must be able to respond accurately to the clinical questions posed in the workplace. This assessment requires you to construct links between pathophysiology, clinical symptoms, diagnosis and treatment which reflect the level of understanding you will be required to articulate clinically.
All health professionals have a significant clinical role in disease awareness. You must be able to give qualified evidence based advice, within your scope of practice, which serves to educate the patient and close gaps in health care.

Task

For this assessment, you must choose one clinical model on the BIOH12008 Moodle site under Clinical Model Selection for Disease Awareness Pamphlet. Your selection is final, you will not be able to change it. The available clinical models are from your study guide. Each clinical model can only be selected by a limited number of students so the sooner you choose your clinical model, the more choices of clinical models you will have. First come has first choice. If you do not select a clinical model by the selection due date, your unit coordinator will allocate you the clinical model.

You are required to research, design and submit a Disease Awareness Pamphlet about your selected clinical model, based on interviews conducted with randomly selected members of the public that have no healthcare backgrounds and research using the supplementary textbooks. For example, based on your interviews, any shortfalls you identify in public awareness about the disease can be one of the focus points in your pamphlet in addition to the pathophysiology of the disease, clinical symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. You will also be required to submit a written summary of your interviews and rationale for your pamphlet design.

You will find more details of the Disease Awareness Pamphlet assessment task on the BIOH12008 Moodle site. This additional information includes the interview questions on the selected clinical model, Disease Awareness Pamphlet development instructions, the submission template and the marking rubric for the assessment.

With your permission, the best pamphlets will be circulated for distribution to clinical sites for continuing professional development of staff and clinical use with patients as appropriate.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (11-Sep-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Clinical Model selection for Disease Awareness Pamphlet: Week 4, Monday 21:00 AEST; Disease Awareness Pamphlet and interview summaries online submission: Week 9, Monday, 21:00 AEST.
Return Date to Students Week 12 Monday (02-Oct-2017)
Marks are released on Week 12 Monday, 21:00 AEST.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The Disease Awareness Pamphlet assessment task is 40% of the total unit marks.

Your submission will be assessed according to a detailed marking rubric with two sections:
1. Your Disease Awareness Pamphlet will be assessed according to accuracy, content, presentation (illustrations, text coherence, pop-out effects), language (spelling, grammar, appropriateness for target audience), format, referencing and similarity.
2. Your interview summary and rationale for pamphlet design will be assessed according to the level and quality of integration of the interviews and feedback and the level and quality of your reflection and justification.

There is a minimum requirement of 45% for each, the Disease Awareness Pamphlet and your interview summary and rationale.


The marking rubric is available on the BIOH12008 Moodle site.

Please note that all late assessments will be penalised 5 % per day unless an application for an extension has been granted before the due date. All application extensions must be applied for using the extension request system on Moodle. Assessments that have been submitted more than 20 days late will not be marked unless an extension request has been granted.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 45%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

The submitted interview summaries must be doc/docx format and the Disease Awareness Pamphlet must be pdf format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the likely consequences and symptoms of specific diseases.

2. Apply functional information about the interdependence of human body symptoms to explain the consequences of disease.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Apply functional information about the interdependence of human body symptoms to explain the consequences of disease.

3. Explain the mechanisms of physiological dysfunction that cause altered cell growth and differentiation.

4. Explain the major causes, symptoms and consequences of dysfunction of the cardiovascular, reproductive, nervous, skeletal, respiratory, integumentary, endocrine, renal, digestive and sensory systems.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking


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