This unit (RBM2202) 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.

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RBM2101 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 1

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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two (2) tests (30 minutes each) 20%
Case Study Pathophysiology Case Study (1 hour) 30%
Case Study Written Case Study 1 hour each, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (hurdle), (total 2 hours) 50%
Students must attain an aggregate score of 50% for the Pharmacology case study (Hurdle) in order to pass this unit. The pharmacology hurdle tests critical knowledge essential for safe practice.

Required reading

Fundamentals of applied pathophysiology: An essential guide for nursing and healthcare students 3rd ed.
Peate, I. (2017)
Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons

McKenna's Pharmacology for nursing and health professionals 2nd ed.
McKenna, L. & Lim, A.G (2014)
Sydney, NSW: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

RECOMMENDED TEXT: McCance, K.L. & Huether, S.E. (2019) Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children 8th ed. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.

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