Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 2

    Unit code: RBM2202 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    RBM2101 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 1
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit furthers student's understanding of pathophysiological principles and disease processes introduced in RBM2101 Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 1. It supports components in the other nursing units. Topics will include neoplasia, disorders of the endocrine, musculoskeletal and haematological systems and the gastrointestinal tract and the quality use of medicines. Disorders of the reproductive tract including infertility will be presented. Genetic disorders and their modes of inheritance will also be examined. Students will further develop their knowledge of pharmacology in clients with diabetes mellitus, cancer, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions and related co-morbidities.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Describe the major pathophysiological concepts, processes, progression and complications of endocrine, musculoskeletal, haematological, gastrointestinal, neoplastic, genetic and reproductive diseases/conditions;
    2. Identify the environmental influences, which contribute to various pathophysiological processes, and relate these to disease prevention as well as pathogenesis;
    3. Discuss the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as they apply to specific drugs or drug classifications;
    4. Discuss medication administration and nursing management of the client receiving medications including legal and ethical issues.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 50%
    Written Case Study 1 hour each, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (hurdle), (total 2 hours)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Two (2) tests (30 minutes each)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 30%
    Pathophysiology Case Study (1 hour)

    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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