Pathophysiologic Processes for Advanced Pratice

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 5043  Spring 2012

Location: Online

Course Attachments

Syllabus  Nurs5043SyllabusS12.pdf


The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults & Childre
McCance, K.L. & Huether, S. (2010). The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults & Children. Saint Louis: C.V. Mosby. Note; Student must have user guide and access code to access course material.
  ISBN: 9780323065849

athophysiology Online for Understanding Pathophysi
McCance, K.L. & Huether, S. (2010). Pathophysiology Online for Understanding Pathophysiology (6th Ed.)
  ISBN: 9781437700251

MSU Faculty Member
Anne-Marie Williamson   
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Course Objectives

Course Objectives: Participants in this course will have the opportunity to:



AACN Essentials

NONPF Guidelines


1. Discuss alterations in body system functions in individuals across the life span.


I. A. 1


2. Interpret manifestations of selected pathophysiological and psychopathological processes and compensatory changes in maintaining homeostasis.

VIII-1,  IX-2

I.14, I.15-17, II.1


3. Analyze relationships between known or suspected risk factors and pathophysiological and psychopathological processes.

VII-1, IX-3

I. 1-6, I.8, I.12-14


4. Explore the interrelationship between pathophysiological and psychopathological function across the life span.


I.9, I.12, I.18, I.24


5. Correlate clinical signs, symptoms, and diagnostic test results with pathology.


I.9, I.12, I.14



Course Expectations

Discussion Board Assignment: Class participation is an important expectation of this course. Students are expected to offer comments, questions, and replies to the discussion question that have been posed for each module as well as to classmate postings. Students are expected to actively participate in each module's discussion throughout the semester. The faculty role is as an observer and facilitator.

I will be reading all messages and I will participate in the discussion infrequently. Students may work ahead on the discussion boards but posting on past week's boards will not allow for stimulating discussions with your classmates. Initial posting is required by Thursdays at 5pm. Discussion closes on Sunday at 10pm.


Discussion Board Evaluation Sheet-Criteria & Explanation




Focused on topic


Clear indication that the response is motivated by the particular reading and that the writer explores the implications of the reading related to clinical practice.

Organization of ideas/thoughts

There is a sense in the response that ideas lead to each other and that there are connections being made.

Critical thinking evident in responses

The response is just not a summary but an attempt by the writer to push toward a particular personal meaning/understanding of the content.

Correlations of contributions to assigned readings

The response refers consistently to the reading and to particular ideas and situations within the reading as well as professional experiences that have made an impression.

Thoughtfulness in interactions

Evidence of graduate level thinking.

Listening to others

The response illustrates that the writer has been paying attention to those who have interesting and provocative things to say.


Few grammar or sentence mechanics errors—none that interfere with the meaning the writer wants to convey.

Use of other resources/citations

The response makes connections to information, writers and other texts the writer has read or seen.

Scores0, 1 or 2 points for each criterion. Rating Scale: 2-outstanding, 1-acceptable, 0- unacceptable


Case Study: The purpose of the case study is to assist students in thinking critically about and applying the content within the unit. Criteria for evaluation of the case study are below


Criteria for Evaluation of Case Study

Directions: Students are to develop a case study based on the course unit of their choice. The case study is not to exceed five (5) pages, exclusive of cover page and bibliography. Treatment is NOT a focus of this paper. The purpose is to help the student make connections between normal and abnormal physiology and the symptoms (physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual) that reflect the underlying disease. Format by APA 6th edition.



Possible Points

Student Points

1. Detailed Patient Presentation



2. Clear exposition of expected normal anatomy and physiology



3. Clear exposition of aberrations from normal in the pathophysiology



4. Direct connection between normal and abnormal physiology



5. Direct connection between underlying pathophysiology and symptoms



6. Written in standard American English Grammar and punctuation



7. Text and attached bibliography are in correct APA format



8. Selected references include professional current peer reviewed literature






Examinations are to be wholly the student’s own work.

Examinations: Examinations are time limited, primarily multiple-choice and short answer. The exams may be entered only once. There are five exams. Exams will be open for 16 hours (6am-10pm, closing on the posted date). Examinations must be proctored. Students are responsible for securing proctor sites and submitting the appropriate and complete documentation.

Grading Standards



Assessment Measure

Course Grade

Discussion board


Case study








Note: An overall course grade of at least 80% must be achieved to progress in the Master of Science in Nursing Program. See the Graduate Catalog.



Letter Grade

Numerical Grade


90 - 100


80 – 89


74 – 79


70 – 73


< 70


Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Timeliness of Work: I expect that your work will be turned in on time. Points will be deducted for late work.  All work will be submitted via WebCT/Blackboard.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

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.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Other Policies

Academic Honesty:  The MSN Program expects the highest level of academic integrity of Master’s students. Academic honesty involves the submission of work that is wholly the student’s own work, unless group work has been authorized.  In addition, academic honesty involves the citation of other authors’ works according the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual. Plagiarism in any aspect of the course requirements results in no credit for that activity.

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, authenticity, and educational purposes.”

Americans with Disabilities Act:

The following is the ADA/504 statement that the faculty approved on May 9, 1995:

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, TDD.

Please see the instructor outside of class to make arrangements involving special accommodations.

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.

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