Pathophysiologic Processes for Advanced Pratice

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 5043  Section Number: X11

Fall 2013

Location: Online

Days & Times:

Exams will be on Wednesday with the exception of the final exam.

Course Attachments


The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults & Childre  ISBN: 9780323065849

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 the module as well as to classmate postings. Students are expected to actively participate in each 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.


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. Exams will be open for 12 hours (8am-8pm, closing on the posted date). Examinations must be proctored. Students are responsible for securing proctor sites and submitting the appropriate and complete documentation.


Course Calendar





Central Concepts:

Cellular Biology


McCance & Huether, Chapters 1-5



Central Concepts:

Immune Dysfunction


McCance & Huether, Chapters 6-13

Quiz 1 9/25/13



Exam 1 9/25/13


Alterations in Organs & Systems:

Neurologic Dysfunction

Endocrine Dysfunction

Reproductive Dysfunction

McCance & Huether, Chapters, 14-24   

Quiz 2 10/9/13



Exam 2 10/16/13


Alterations in Organs & Systems:

Hematologic Dysfunction

Cardiovascular Pathology

Pulmonary Pathology

 McCance & Huether, Chapters 25-34


Quiz 3 10/30/13



Exam 3: 11/6/13


Alterations in Organs & Systems:

Renal Pathology

Digestive Pathology

Musculoskeletal Pathology

Altered Integumentum

 McCance & Huether, Chapters 35-43

Quiz 4 11/26/13




Exam 4: 12/9/13



Grading Standards



Total % of final grade






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 D2L.

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.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.