Nursing Science 2

Subject 514-756 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours lectures
Total Time Commitment:

In addition to the subject contact hours, students are expected to devote approximately 6 hours a week to this subject


514753 Nursing Science 1

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


School of Nursing and Social Work
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3053 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9400
F: +61 3 9347 4375

Subject Overview:

This subject builds on the knowledge gained in Nursing Science 1. Students will expand their knowledge of pathophysiology of common disorders across the life-span. Cancer and other conditions that alter skin, the nervous system including special senses, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, musculo-skeletal and genitourinary and reproductive systems will be examined. Students will add to their knowledge of drugs by examining the physiological action of selected subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous and enteral medications.


At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • identify and discuss in detail the pathophysiology of common disorders that effect skin, the nervous system including special senses, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, musculo-skeletal, genitourinary and reproductive systems;
  • identify the occurrence of common pathological processes across the lifespan;
  • discuss the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of select subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous and enteral medications.
  1. 2,000-word case study (40%) - Due week 6
  2. 3-hour written examination (60%) - At end of semester

Students must achieve an aggregate of 50% and pass the 3-hour written examination to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Bullock, S., Manias, E., & Galbraith, A. (2007). Fundamentals of pharmacology (5 th ed.). Australia: Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education.

McCance, K., & Huether, S. (2006). Pathophysiology: The biological basis for disease in adults and children (5 th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby. Stedman’s medical dictionary for the health professions and nursing. Australian and New Zealand Edition (5 th ed.). (2005). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Thibodeau, G., & Patton, K. (2006). Anatomy and Physiology (6 th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
  • the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
  • critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • an openness to new ideas;
  • planning and time management skills;
  • the ability to work effectively in a team;
  • the ability to communicate knowledge through classroom and web-based discussions and written material.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Nursing Science

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