Nursing Science 3

Subject NURS90052 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours lectures.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


A pass in the following subjects prior to enrolment:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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 think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Snezana Kusljic


Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Alan Gilbert Building, Level 7, 161 Barry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 4171
F: +61 3 8344 4188

Subject Overview:

This subject will assist students to expand and deepen their knowledge in the area of pathophysiology related to cancer and other conditions that alter skin, the nervous system, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, musculo-skeletal, genitourinary and reproductive systems by exploring complex diseases which have multi system involvement. The complications of polypharmacy will be explored.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • discuss the pathophysiology of complex diseases of the skin, the nervous system, including special senses, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, musculo-skeletal, genitourinary and reproductive systems;
  • discuss the potential drug interactions for groups of medications commonly used in patients with these conditions;
  • demonstrate knowledge using appropriate scientific language.
  1. 2,000-word case study 40% - Due week 6
  2. Three-hour written examination 60% - Exam week

Students must achieve an aggregate of 50% and pass the written examination to pass the subject

Prescribed Texts:

McCance, K. & Huether, S. (2010). Pathophysiology: The biological basis for disease in adults and children (6th ed). St. Louis: Mosby.

Bullock, S. & Manias, E. (2011).Fundamentals of pharmacology (6th ed.). Australia: Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education.

Patton, K. & Thibodeau. G. (2013). Anatomy and physiology (8th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby.

Stedman’s medical dictionary for the health professions and nursing. Australian and New Zealand Edition (5th ed.). (2005). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Recommended Texts:

Rang, H., Dale, M., Ritter, J. et al. (2012). Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology (7th ed.). Churchill: Livingstone

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 communicate knowledge through classroom and web.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Nursing Science

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