BIOH12008 - Human Pathophysiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit develops an understanding of disease and dysfunction from an anatomical and physiological perspective, with emphasis on integrating knowledge of tissues and organ systems into a holistic framework of body function and dysfunction. It will provide you with a strong theoretical perspective on the mechanisms of normal and altered functioning of human cells, organs and organ systems. Unit content is presented in a way that fosters a critical and conceptual foundation emphasising the integration of organ systems and their functioning within the body. Particular emphasis is placed on the widespread effects upon other systems following dysfunction of a particular organ or system of the human body and the ability to discuss specific disorders in relation to general concepts of dysfunction.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:-

BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 AND BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2; OR BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology; OR ALLH11005 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 1 AND ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
2. Portfolio 50%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37% response rate.

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.

Source: Moodle forums and student emails.
Feedback
Students were unclear regarding what they were tasked to do for the Disease Awareness Pamphlet assessment.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the task instructions for the Disease Awareness Pamphlet be simplified. A step-by-step video tutorial guide explaining the task instructions will be available to students. The guide will also include the most common FAQs gathered since the assessment was introduced.
Action Taken
A step-by-step video tutorial guide was created which explains each step of the assignment task. In addition the guide addressed the common FAQs. From the last iteration further assignment support is being made available through the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) specifically for students in this unit. Collaboration between the ALC and Unit Coordinator in providing this support has been positive and is ongoing.
Source: "Have your say" student feedback.
Feedback
Some students felt that the unit is very content heavy, while others enjoyed coverage of the content.
Recommendation
Provide more information to students regarding the relevance of the content to their context. This has been implemented for subsequent offerings by the inclusion of short weekly "Nurse Perspectives" videos by School of Nursing faculty, as the majority of students enrolled are studying CQ23 Bachelor of Nursing. This content is optional and non-assessable.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" student feedback.
Feedback
Some students felt unclear on the objectives of the disease awareness pamphlet, while others enjoyed developing the pamphlet and felt it added to their learning.
Recommendation
Continue to provide students with information regarding the assignment through provision of a recorded assignment guide. This is further supported by ongoing workshops conducted by the Academic Learning Centre to specifically support students in understanding the requirements of the assignment in this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" student feedback.
Feedback
Some students felt the online quizzes were beneficial for their learning.
Recommendation
Maintain the online quizzes and develop further questions. Support students in navigating the step-wise conditional access.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" student feedback
Feedback
Some students commented that they enjoyed the mini-lecture format of delivery.
Recommendation
Maintain the current format of lecture delivery.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the likely consequences and symptoms of specific diseases.
  2. Apply functional information about the interdependence of human body symptoms to explain the consequences of disease.
  3. Explain the mechanisms of physiological dysfunction that cause altered cell growth and differentiation.
  4. Explain the major causes, symptoms and consequences of dysfunction of the cardiovascular, reproductive, nervous, skeletal, respiratory, integumentary, endocrine, renal, digestive and sensory systems.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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2 - Portfolio
3 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)