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NURS12160 Acute Alterations in Health
Acute Alterations in Health
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General Information


Australians are living longer. Traditionally health care has been focused on acute illness. The number of people living with chronic disease is growing. This is an important intersection as many chronic illnesses begin as an acute alteration or can cause an acute alteration in health. Australia's National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs) are diseases and conditions given focused attention by government because they significantly contribute to the burden of illness and injury in the Australian community. In this unit, you will identify the NHPAs and explore their link to lifestyle factors such as obesity, insufficient physical activity, tobacco smoking, and alcohol use and their impact on acute health conditions. You will consider the nursing process required to support people with acute conditions or deterioration of people. You will examine factors to assist you in the early recognition of sepsis and determine the nursing role in each phase of the perioperative period. This unit provides the theoretical underpinning for NURS12161 Professional Experience Practice 2 and should be completed with or before NURS12161.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: NURS11170 Professional Experience Placement 1 or NURS11161 Clinical Nursing Practice 1 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

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This information will be available on Monday 9 January 2023
Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student experience data


The teaching style offered combined with the structure of the unit did not work well me.


This unit uses the flipped classroom approach. This will remain however content specific material will be delivered, in small lessons, with guided and self-directed learning material, to prepare students for online learning sessions. Prerecorded power point presentations are a new addition. The Moodle layout and presentation of learning materials is simplified using more headings to categorise learning material. The e-reading list has been reduced. A one-page quick look guide summarises the weekly learning content to meet the learning objectives. Students can use this as a checklist each week to review and revise their learning.

Feedback from Student experience data


This unit would benefit from a better layout on Moodle and having recorded lectures - not only online sessions but mini lectures as well.


The Moodle tiles format will remain. The learning content is reorganised into lessons and interactive content. Checklists are provided for students to mark off learning content when completed. Prerecorded presentations have been included.

Feedback from Student experience data


I gained a lot from the assessment focus zooms where we set out small achievable goals


The drop in sessions for the written assessment will remain however more of them will be offered each week.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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Academic Integrity Statement

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