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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
Module Code NS5065P
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Siobhan Rothwell
Semester 2: Siobhan Rothwell
Autumn: Siobhan Rothwell
Module TeachersPatricia Johnson
Siobhan Rothwell
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module examines advanced physiology and the pathophysiological disruptions of normal body functioning in a variety of conditions across the lifespan. Students will explore screening, risk factors and pathophysiology and epidemiology underlying acute and chronic health problems. We will look at disease states from cellular level and their associated clinical manifestations . Students will study the epidemiology of disease and the determinats of health. It is intended to describe the pathophysiological variations in diverse populations and diagnostic evaluation methods, which will aid in the selection of rational therapies fro optimum health outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise abnormal clinical manifestations of common disease states across the lifespan.
2. Explore risk factors and screening recommendations as per best practice guidelines.
3. Describe the aetiology and underlying pathophysiological mechanisms involved with diseases at the systemic and cellular level.
4. Discuss abnormal biological processes of selected common conditions in diverse populations.
5. Explain factors that influence disease states in population health and the global incidence and prevalence of diseases.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Face to face interaction will facilitate the learning process
Tutorial20Students will be guided through concept mapping but will have an opportunity to vote on revisiting pathophysiological concepts not clearly understood
Independent Study194Students will develop concept maps and read, rewrite / study their notes / online material independently, or work in groups to review classroom material.
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Epidemiology, Incidence and Prevalence of Disease States

Altered Cellular Proliferation and Differentiation

Genetics and Development Disorders

Hematologic System

Altered Perfusion / EKG Analysis

Altered Ventilation and Diffusion / Arterial Blood Gas Analysis

Altered Neuronal Transmission / Altered Somatic and Special sensory Function

Fluid and Electrolytes

Acid Base Balance

Altered Digestive System

Altered Endocrine System

Altered Hormonal and Metabolic Regulation

Altered Renal and Urologic Systems

Altered Integumentary System

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activitySynchronous and asynchronous online learning and engagement with pre-determined module tasks including on-line activities.30%n/a
Group assignmentStudents will work in groups to complete and present concept maps of assigned disease states30%n/a
Loop QuizFinal MCQ to assess module content40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • McCance, K.L. & Huether, S.E.: 2014, Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children, 7th Edition, Mosby / Elsevier, St. Louis, 978-032306584
  • Porth, C.M.: 2014, Essentials of Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States., 4th Edition, Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins., Philadelphia, 978-158255724
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MNAPMSc in Nursing: Advanced Practice

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