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, EN & Hoehn, K 2016, Human anatomy and physiology, 10th edn, Pearson, Boston. Global edition
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
Type of assessment

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


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Homeostasis and the stress response a) analyse the contributing influences on and the role of homeostasis in health and health breakdown Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 3, 7
Theme 2: The plasma membrane and cell metabolism b) critically evaluate the short and long term impact of the stress response on multiple body systems Assessment 2: Short answer essay (1,500 words) 30% 4
Theme 3: Ventilation and respiration – mechanics of breathing c) discuss the potential implications of commonly used pharmacology on the patient experiencing the stress response and identify considerations for assessment Assessment 3a & 3b: Quiz (30 questions) 10% 10
Theme 4: Haemodynamic stability d) rationalise and apply advanced physiological principles to the interpretation of patient assessment findings and patient management Assessment 4: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 9
Theme 5: Acid-base balance and ABG analysis e) identify types of pain and acknowledge the relationship between chronic and acute pain and the stress response.
Theme 6: Immunology concepts

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

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.