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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:-

BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

OR

ALLH11005 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 1 OR BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 OR BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1

AND

ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2 OR BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 OR BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

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Term 3 - 2020 Profile
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Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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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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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: "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
In the introduction section on Moodle there is a short video titled 'Introducing Nursing Perspectives' for the students to watch. A resource has been created within each weekly topic which contains a label with Nurse Perspectives information. At each weekly label there is a link to a video which was recorded by a staff member from nursing discussing the relevance of that week's content to nursing. Students are informed that this information is pre-recorded, optional and non-assessable.
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
A disease awareness pamphlet tutorial guide has been created, updated and recorded each term for the students to watch to aid in their understanding of the assessment task. The Academic Learning Centre (ALC) has a companion Moodle page to assist students with their assessment task. Detailed information regarding the ALC site and the workshops available are provided to the students in the Introduction and the Disease Awareness Pamphlet Assessment sections of the Moodle page. The ALC conducts four specific workshops relating to various aspects of the assessment task. They also provide some drop in sessions for the students.
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
Weekly terminology and revision quizzes, and the progress quizzes have been maintained, with continued development of the question bank. The step-wise conditional access has been removed. Further online quizzes have been created to assist students with their revision and exam preparation.
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
The short lecture format has been retained.
Source: "Have your say" student feedback.
Feedback
Pre-recorded lectures, a concept review tutorial, and a Q&A tutorial supported student learning.
Recommendation
The use of short pre-recorded lectures and weekly concept review and Q&A tutorials will be maintained and updated as required for unit enhancement each term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" student feedback.
Feedback
Students requested more information regarding the types of exam questions, particularly the extended answer questions.
Recommendation
An exam preparation video and quizzes will be placed in the exam information section on Moodle. A Zoom session will be conducted each term where students can ask questions about the exam.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have you say" student feedback. Self-reflection
Feedback
The disease awareness pamphlet is complex and time consuming to complete.
Recommendation
The structure of the disease awareness pamphlet assessment will be simplified.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" student feedback.
Feedback
Information from the Academic Literacy Skills companion Moodle site is helpful and informative.
Recommendation
We will request that the Academic Literacy Skills companion Moodle site be continued in future terms.
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)