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NS5113 - Pathophysiological Processes in Midwifery

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

Pathophysiology is the study of the physiological effects of disease and the way(s) in which the body adapts to those changes. In this subject we will specifically focus on those aspects which are of concern to a midwife i.e. pathophysiological aspects of the reproductive tract, pregnancy and the neonatal period. The subject looks at issues of fertility and assisted reproduction techniques, abnormalities that affect pregnancy and how pre-existing disorders may be affected by pregnancy. We will discuss infections (and the immune system) maternal imbalances, structural abnormalities, various risk factors in pregnancy, and the pathophysiology of the fetus, labour and the neonate.

Learning Outcomes

  • pathophysiological processes affecting fertilisation, pregnancy, labour and the puerperium;
  • current technologies used to assess maternal/fetal state;
  • pathophysiological processes of the fetus/newborn.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: NS5112


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Dr Lea Budden.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

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