NURS 3203 – X1: PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC PROCESSES
Spring 2012 : WEB CT
FACULTY: Betty Bowles, RNC, MSN (397-4048) Office: Bridwell Hall 323
Course Description: This course is a study of the pathophysiologic concepts associated with illness and disease.
The organizing framework of the course is a body-systems approach. We will examine the more common
alterations in physiologic function that affect selected body systems. The format for examining each altered state
involves defining the altered state, explaining etiology and pathogenesis, and describing associated clinical
Prerequisites: BIOL 1134 & 1234 (Anatomy and Physiology), BIOL 3004 (Microbiology), and CHEM (3 hours).
Credit Hours: 3
Learning Tools: Required readings; study guides; crossword puzzles; online quizzes, examinations, collaborative
Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the etiology, pathogenesis, and possible outcomes of selected pathophysiologic processes.
2. Describe relationships between identified risk factors and the development of pathophysiologic processes.
3. Describe specific compensatory mechanisms used by the human body in response to pathophysiologic
4. Identify the diagnostic tests used to detect and differentiate selected pathophysiologic processes.
AACN Essentials: For information regarding the AACN Essentials refer to the BSN Handbook.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the etiology, pathogenesis, and possible outcomes of selected pathophysiologic
A 1, 2 IV-A1,
2. Describe relationships between identified risk factors and the development of
3. Describe specific compensatory mechanisms used by the human body in response to
4. Identify the diagnostic tests used to detect and differentiate selected pathophysiologic
A 1, 2 IV-A1
Gould, B. & Dyer, R. (2011). Pathophysiology for the Health Professions (4th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders.
Recommended Reference Material: A medical dictionary.
Chapter Online Quizzes 20%
Exam 1 20%
Exam 2 20%
Exam 3 20%
Exam 4 20%
Note: The average on the 4 on-campus exam scores must be 74% or above in order to pass
the course. The online chapter quizzes will NOT factor in to this 74% average.
(Note: nursing students must achieve a grade of C or better in order to progress in the nursing program.)
Attendance Policy: This is a Web-based course. Students are expected to come to campus for orientation on the
first scheduled class day, and for exams. (See attached schedule.) Students will complete lessons on Web CT and
take weekly on-line quizzes over EACH chapter. There is a week-by-week “schedule” recommended for keeping up
with the assignments in preparation for scheduled on-campus exams.
For additional information, please review attendance policy in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.
Reading Guides: There are Reading Guides for each chapter. This will assist you in preparation for the on-line
Chapter Quizzes: There will be an on-line quiz over EACH chapter. It is expected that students will use available
resources for these quizzes. Work slowly and carefully on the on-line quizzes. Do not progress to the next question
until you are sure you have saved the previous answer. Unsaved questions are counted as wrong. The on-line
quizzes will count 20% of the grade. Quizzes will close each week on Mondays at 11:55 pm. Please budget your
time and work ahead to allow for emergencies because online quizzes may NOT be made up for any reason. See
the course calendar for a schedule of readings and quizzes.
Exams: Students are required to come to campus for exams. These exams each count 20% of the course
grade. Students may NOT use learning resources or study guides during these exams. Anyone arriving late for a
test, will NOT be granted additional time to complete the test because collaborative testing will begin one hour after
the beginning of the exam. Note: The average on the 4 on-campus exam scores must be 74% or above in order
to pass the course.
Collaborative Testing: After each exam, students will collaboratively re-take the exam in groups. Any group
scoring greater than 90% as a group will get 3 points added to each individual grade and any group scoring 80-89%
will get 2 points added to each individual grade. Besides having the opportunity to raise your grade, you will also
get experience in group process by reviewing the exam together and receive immediate feedback on the test
questions. Collaborative testing will only be done at regularly scheduled test times (not for make-up exams).
Missed exam(s): Students are expected to take exams on the day they are scheduled. If you cannot take the exam
on the scheduled day, please notify course instructor before the scheduled exam to arrange an exam make-up.
Make-up exams will be administered during the scheduled final exam period on May 9, 2012
1. Turn all cell phones and pagers OFF and leave them in the back of the room.
2. Leave everything EXCEPT a #2 pencil, Student ID card, and scantron in the back of the room.
3. No food or drink allowed.
4. Complete the scantron sheet with LAST NAME ONLY. If another student in the class has the same last
name, include your first initial. Put your name on the test paper.
5. Read the test instructions, sign the honor code LEGIBLY, and remove that sheet to use as a cover sheet.
6. Keep your test paper and answer sheet ON THE DESK and COVERED at all times. DO NOT write
answers in the margin. If I can see your answers, I will assume you are sharing answers with others and
will collect your test paper.
7. If you have a question about a test item, please write your question on the back of the scantron. These
questions will be reviewed before the test is graded.
8. When you are finished, turn in your testing materials in the back of the room and quietly leave the room.
Do not congregate outside the classroom as this is a noisy distraction to those still taking the exam.
9. You will be assigned collaborative testing groups after the exam.
10. The purpose of collaborative testing is to learn negotiation and compromise skills and to get immediate
feedback on the test. Remember that each individual in the group gets the same bonus points, so be
sure everyone is included in the discussion.
9. Each group should choose a recorder who will record on the scantron sheet the LAST NAMES of each
group member who is present (in alphabetical order), and the answers selected by the group.
10. You will have 20 minutes to complete the test. When time is called, you must promptly submit your test
paper and Scantron.
11. I will post a note in the Announcements telling which groups get the bonus points (so remember your
12. I will NOT discuss the answers until the item analysis is completed.
13. See the Grade book on WebCT to get your exam grade. The grade posted in the WebCT grade book
INCLUDES the addition of the collaborative testing bonus points.
Crossword Puzzles: There is a crossword puzzle for each chapter. These are optional, but highly recommended
for drill in terminology and definitions. These terms will appear on quizzes and tests.
Medical Terminology: You will be given several prefixes and/or suffixes and their meanings each week. These
will be included on each exam.
Communication / Discussion Board/ E-mail / Announcements: Use of the Discussion Board is encouraged. If
you need help finding answers on study guides ask your classmates to help you. Please do NOT use the Discussion
Board for personal communications or discussions not related to this course. All announcements regarding the
course or tests will be done on the Announcements on WebCT, so you are encouraged to check these
Questions about tests or grades should be directed to the instructor via Web CT e-mail. Some of your e-mails
may be answered via Discussion Board if the answer pertains to everyone. Please use the WebCT e-mail rather than
the phone to contact me for three reasons: 1) I have a hearing impairment that makes telephone communication
difficult; 2) with WebCT e-mail I have a record of all communications; and 3) I can retrieve and answer the e-mails
from off campus if I am out of the office.
If you want to communicate with one class member please use the WebCT e-mail rather than the Discussion Board.
Responses on the Discussion Board intended for one or only a few class members should use the “reply privately”
option so everyone else doesn’t have to read these conversations. For example, if you request help in finding an
answer, and you want to thank a classmate for a response, please “reply privately” so the whole class doesn’t have
to open and read those non-significant communications. The entire class will appreciate your consideration in this
Technical issues should be discussed with Crystal Boyle in Extended Education at firstname.lastname@example.org. These
issues should NOT be posted on the discussion board.
Netiquette - Please refer to a resource regarding online “netiquette.” Two that I recommend are at
http://www.onlinenetiquette.com or http://www.albion.com/netiquette/book .
Code of Conduct
MSU Code of Conduct - Academic Dishonesty
(From the MSU Student Handbook, p. 77)
Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or
unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the
individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the
Dean of Students office.
a. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests,
or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers,
preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of
tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff.
b. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published
or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged
use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic
c. The term “collusion” means collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit if that
collaboration is not authorized by the faculty member in charge.
Student Honor Creed
(From the MSU Student Handbook, p.5)
“As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so.”
As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We
also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students
themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity
and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.
Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming
our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers
accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.
We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized
material in examinations, or to present, as one’s own, work or ideas which are not entirely one’s own. We recognize
that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge
that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally
rests within each individual student.
We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps
taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student
body by violating the spirit of this creed.
Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.
NURS 3203 adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a
breach in academic integrity. A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her
examinations will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.
Many components of NURS 3203 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.
Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online WebCT course
resources, Internet sites, faculty and peers when meeting the objectives of the course. This interactive collegial
learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.
The on campus examinations in NURS 3203 must represent efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT
to be shared or copied from other students, notes or other sources. When students submit their exams for grading,
they are attesting that they abided by this rule.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular
situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification. If students are
guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the examination. Cases may also be referred to
the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.
By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created
by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the
right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational
Americans with Disabilities Act: Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's
disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and
employment of individuals in programs and activities. MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids
to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic/employment
requirements. For assistance, call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515. It is the student's responsibility to declare any
disabilities. After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual
instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required. Please see the instructor outside of
class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations.
Note: The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus as necessary.
See the class schedule on the next page.
Class Schedule—Spring 2012
Orientation **On Campus** BH 108, 5:30 pm
1. Introduction to Pathophysiology
2. Inflammation and Healing
Online quizzes close Monday, January 23 at 11:55 pm.
3. Immunity and Abnormal Responses
Online quizzes close Monday, January 30 at 11:55 pm.
6. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base
Online quizzes close Monday, February 6 at 11:55 pm.
Test 1 over Chapters 1-6. ** ON CAMPUS** BH 108 5:30 pm
A scantron will be provided.
7. Congenital and Genetic Disorders
8. Diseases Associated with Adolescence
9. The Relationship Between Pregnancy and Disease
10. Aging and Disease Processes
Online quizzes close Monday, February 13 at 11:55 pm
11. Effects of Immobility
12. The Influence of Stress
14. Substance Abuse
15. Environmental Hazards
Online quizzes close Monday, February 20 at 11:55.
16. Introduction to Basic Pharmacology and Selected Therapies
17. Blood & Lymphatic Disorders
Online quizzes close Monday, February 27 at 11:55 pm.
18. Cardiovascular Disorders
Online quizzes close Monday, March 5 at 11:55 pm.
Test 2 over Chapters 7-18. ** ON CAMPUS** BH 108 5:30 pm
Bring three (3) red ParScore scantrons.
19. Respiratory Disorders
Online quizzes close Monday, March 19 at 11:55 pm.
Spring Break. Enjoy!
The last day to withdraw with a “W”.
Withdrawals after this date will receive a grade of “F”.
20. Digestive System Disorders
Online quiz closes Monday, March 26 at 11:55 pm
21. Urinary System Disorders
Online quiz closes Monday, April 2 at 11:55 pm.
22. Acute Neurologic Disorders
Online quizzes close Monday, April 9 at 11:55 pm.
Test 3 over Chapters 19-22. ** ON CAMPUS** BH 108 5:30 pm
23. Chronic Neurologic Disorders
24. Disorders of the Eye and Ear
Online quizzes close Monday, April 16 at 11:55 pm.
25. Endocrine Disorders
26. Musculoskeletal Disorders
Online quizzes close Monday, April 23 at 11:55 pm.
27. Skin Disorders
28. Reproductive System Disorders
Online quizzes close Monday, April 30 at 11:55 pm.
Test 4 over Chapters 23-28. **ON CAMPUS** BH 108 at 5:30 pm
All missed exams (for those who have notified the instructor of an absence in
advance) will be made up at a time arranged with the instructor.
Make-up exams will be a different version than the original exam.