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HECS5003M Pathophysiology

15 creditsClass Size: 25

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Paul Marshall

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 1 background in normal systems physiology;
Appropriate registered professional;
Graduate or equivalent.

This module is not approved as an Elective


- To understand the aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and treatment implications of common disorders of human function.
- To describe disruptions at the cellular, tissue, organ and organism level which lead to selected pathophysiological processes.
- To analyse significance and relevance of a variety of theoretical approaches to pathophysiological processes.
- To correlate selected physical findings and clinical manifestations of disease with underlying pathophysiology.

Learning outcomes
During this module the student will learn:
1. The pathogenesis, pathophysiology and treatment approaches related to a range of common disorders such as cardiac, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and immunological disorders.
2. The mechanisms for and processes associated with inflammation and tissue damage.
3. The mechanisms involved in the development of a range of cancers and the interplay between genetic factors and environment.

Skills outcomes
To develop the knowledge to discuss the altered physiology that underpins selected diseases and conditions and the rationale for contemporary approaches to treatment.

To develop skills in critically reviewing the literature to select key theories that contribute to understanding the pathogenesis of a selected condition.

To develop skills in critically analysing the significance of current literature that forms the basis for current guidelines and contemporary approaches to treatment of the chosen condition.


The module provides an overview of pathophysiological processes common to many diseases which affect humans. Major pathophysiological concepts are explored using a physiological systems approach. Theories relating aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations are used to study common disease processes, supported by reference to selected disease models and case studies. Concepts from basic systems physiology provide the foundation for exploring human dysfunction. This module provides the scientific basis for assessment of wellness status, and scientific rationale for interventions that promote, maintain and restore wellness. It is recognised that many students taking the module may not, for a significant period of time, have considered in detail some aspects covered by the module. For this reason each aspect of pathophysiology is preceded by an opportunity to revisit the relevant basic systems physiology. This module is divided into a number of units which recognise the clinical areas in which Direct Care nurses function, and the pathophysiology they are likely to encounter.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning201.0020.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

A minimum of 120 hours for private study are allocated within this module. These hours are to be used for directed reading, preparation for the lectures, examination preparation and literature search activities appropriate for the assignment preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored through group tutorials to help prepare for the assessment and the MCQ examination. Students are encouraged to organise individual tutorials with the module leader for additional support and guidance. An on-line MCQ formative test is provided which, on completion, provides feedback on the marks and answers.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:22:17


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