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Advanced Applied Pathophysiology (in Clinical Practice)
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This unit of study aims to expand the student’s undergraduate understanding of applied clinical physiology to that of an advanced level. This is achieved through the linking of complex theoretical concepts to clinical practice by utilisation of diverse clinical case scenarios. The students are required to analyse, rationalise and evaluate normal versus abnormal physiology and validate patient management in light of findings. This unit of study provides a strong foundational platform for students wishing to explore specialist areas of nursing.

Advanced Applied Pathophysiology (in Clinical Practice)
Unit of study code 344
Availability Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

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*The single unit of study would not be offered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing from January 2023 onwards

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Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed text Marieb, E. N., & Hoehn, K. (c2023). Human anatomy and physiology (12th ed. Global ed.). Pearson Education. 9781292442259
Co-ordinated by Ross Pancho MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
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Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


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(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Cell metabolism and principles of homeostasis a) review aspects of cellular structure, function and metabolism related to optimal physiologic function Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 3, 7
Theme 2: Respiration and ventilation b) discuss the role of homeostasis in maintaining health and its impact on health breakdown Assessment 2: Essay 30% 5
Theme 3: Acid – base balance and ABGs c) integrate advanced physiological principles related to assessment, findings and clinical management of people with respiratory and haemodynamic disorders Assessment 3: Case analysis 50% 9
Theme 4: Haemodynamic stability d) critically evaluate the neuro-endocrine impact of stress responses on multiple body systems as it progresses from acute to chronic phase Assessment 4: Quiz 10% 10
Theme 5: Stress response in health and illness e) analyse the physiology of pain as a stressor and the related pain pathways involved in acute and chronic pain perception
Theme 6: Immunology concepts f) explain the principles of pharmaco-therapy used in managing common respiratory, cardiovascular and neuro- endocrine disorders

Advanced Applied Pathophysiology (in Clinical Practice) (344) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price2024 Member price (10% discount)2024 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,196.00$2,440.00$2,310.00$2,565.00
Tier 2$2,506.50$2,785.00$2,630.00$2,925.00
Tier 3$2,947.50$3,275.00$3,095.00$3,440.00
Tier 4$3,523.50$3,915.00$3,700.00$4,110.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.