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Stress Response and Health Breakdown
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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.

Stress Response and Health Breakdown
Unit of study code 277
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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. (c2018). Human anatomy and physiology (11th ed. Global ed.). Pearson Education. 9781292261034
Co-ordinated by Maria Baric 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: Homeostasis and the stress response a) review aspects of cellular structure, function and metabolism related to optimal physiologic function Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 3, 7
Theme 2: The plasma membrane and cell metabolism b) discuss the role of homeostasis in maintaining health and its impact on health breakdown Assessment 2: Short answer essay (1,500 words) 30% 4
Theme 3: Ventilation and respiration – mechanics of breathing c) integrate advanced physiological principles related to assessment, findings and clinical management of people with respiratory and haemodynamic disorders Assessment 3a & 3b: Quiz (30 questions) 10% 10
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: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 9
Theme 5: Acid-base balance and ABG analysis 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

Stress Response and Health Breakdown (277) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.