Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 1

    Unit code: RBM2101 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2 (applicable for HBMA, HBNB students ONLY)
    HNB1204 - Foundations of Nursing and Midwifery 2 (applicable for HBMA students ONLY)
    HNB1205 - Foundations in Nursing 2 (applicable for HBNB students ONLY)
    HNB1206 - Professional Practice 1 (applicable for HBNB students ONLY)
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    The aim of this unit is to present major concepts and principles of pathophysiology, illustrating their relationship to a range of common/important acute and chronic illnesses. This unit supports the topics in concurrent nursing units by: providing a scientific basis for understanding disease processes such as cellular injury, inflammation, infection, and shock; by elucidating the underlying mechanisms which result in clinical manifestations; and by presenting the rationale for therapeutic interventions. In particular, students will be introduced to pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacological interventions related to the pathophysiology studied. Microbiology will also be discussed with reference to the growth and physiology of micro-organisms, their pathogenic potential, infection control and antibiotic treatment. In this unit, major disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous systems will be examined, as well as fluid and electrolyte imbalances, acid/base imbalances and shock. The pathophysiological principles underlying disorders of major body systems and subsystems will also be discussed.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Describe the fundamentals of microbiology and the importance of infection control and its relevance in the work of health professionals;
    2. Describe the major pathophysiological concepts, processes, progression, and complications of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, nervous, acid base and fluid and electrolyte diseases/conditions;
    3. Identify the environmental influences, which contribute to various pathophysiological processes, and relate these to disease prevention as well as pathogenesis;
    4. Discuss the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as they apply to specific drugs or drug classifications;
    5. Discuss medication administration and nursing management of the client receiving medications including legal and ethical issues.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Two (2) Tests (30 minutes each)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 30%
    Pharmacology Case study
    Assessment type: Creative Works
    Grade: 50%
    Written Assessment Case study x 2

    Required reading

    Fundamentals of applied pathophysiology: An essential guide for nursing and healthcare students
    Peate, I. (2017).| Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons
    McKenna's Pharmacology for Nursing and Health Professionals
    McKenna, L. & Lim, A.G (2014)| Sydney, NSW: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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