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Biological Basis for Practice

Institution code: 

One semester.


The module is designed to enable participants from a range of clinical practice areas to update and expand their knowledge of the anatomy and physiology which underpins their practice. Although practitioners undertaking this course may come from a range of clinical areas much of the underlying knowledge required is similar; the uniqueness comes from the application of learning to practice. The student will be given the opportunity to undertake in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology that underpins nursing observations, assessment and interventions for the acutely ill patient.

Dates of Attendance:







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Course modules

What will I study?

Critical evaluation of research, reflection and a holistic approach to care will be threaded throughout the module.

Cellular organisation within the adult focusing on the micro-organisation such as the mitochondria, RNA and DNA.

Histology in relation to the adult including tissue and skin with pathophysiology.

The integumentary system of the adult including structure and function at cellular and systemic level incorporating the accessory skin structure, muscles and glands.

The skeletal system with particular attention to structure and function and the significance to adult patient care and management.

Cardiovascular physiology including interpretation of cardiovascular assessment and interventions.

Respiratory system consisting of the neural and mechanical control of breathing with applied physiology to the mechanics of ventilation.

Renal function and the urinary system.

The endocrine system/hormone activity.

Fluid balance and imbalance and the alteration of distribution of body fluids e.g. Oedema and acid base balance.

The brain, central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system with regard to the function and status of the adult patient.

Gastrointestinal physiology including accessory glands, small and large intestine.

The immune response and current trends in microbiology e.g. MRSA.

Pain physiology and assessment of the adult patient response – inclusive of physiology and psychological aspects.

The stress response in the adult focusing on the manifestations and consequences with strategies for compensating for physiological changes.

How will I be assessed?

A written assignment in which the student is required to critically analyse the physiological assessment of an individual they have cared for demonstrating the knowledge and skills acquired from the module content.

Word limit: 4000

Weighting: 100%

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