SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB723442
Module Leader Steven Morrison
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

-108 This module will extend the underpinning pathophysiological knowledge required by individuals wishing to advance their practice. It adopts a systems approach utilising: 1. General physiological principles 2. The physiology and pathophysiology of selected body systems including those of direct relevance to the student's sphere of practice 3. Current approaches to treatment of important pathophysiological conditions, e.g. cardiac failure, diabetes 4. Discussion of treatment options including those currently under development .


Current issues in applied pathophysiology and therapeutics in the following areas: Cell structure and function; neoplasia; current approaches to treatment of malignant disorders Homeostasis in health and disease Cardiovascular system; myocardial infarction; cardiac failure; current approaches to treatment Diabetes Nervous system; vascular problems; problems caused by trauma; dementia; depression; current approaches to treatment Renal system; acute kidney injury; chronic renal dysfunction; current approaches to treatment Respiratory system; asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders Pathophysiology of ageing, impact of comorbidities and complexity of management due to advanced age and/or frailty Student requests based on their clinical interests will be used to finalise the timetable

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module the student should be able to:1. Apply advanced professional knowledge and understanding of the principles of homeostatic mechanisms to clinical practice.2. Develop advanced knowledge of the normal functioning and pathophysiology of selected human body systems relative to the field of practice.3. Apply knowledge in analysing the relationship between normal physiological processes and disease states in clinical practice.4. Critique clinical interventions that could be used to address the issues raised by the assessment of patients or clients.5. Critique current research and analyse their own and others' practice in relation to the scientific basis of current therapeutic approaches.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

-108 The module will be delivered either online via GCULearn or face-to-face. Students may elect to study the module either online or face-to-face, but may not transfer between the two. The main activities to be carried out by students are directed and independent study to develop knowledge and skills relating to the module syllabus. The teaching and learning strategies to be employed include lectures/video lectures, podcasts, narrated presentations, seminars/online a/synchronous discussion and tutorials/online self-directed study to engage the students in the key concepts which will then be developed through guided activities and directed learning.

Indicative Reading

-108-440 Brashers, V.L. (2006) Clinical applications of pathophysiology. An evidence-based approach. (3 rd edition). USA: Elsevier. Courneya, C-A, and Parker, M.J. (2011) Cardiovascular physiology. A clinical approach. London: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Grossman, S.C. and Porth, C.M. (2014) Porth's pathophysiology. Concepts of altered health states. (9 th edition) London: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. McCance, K.L. and Huether, S.E. (Editors) (2006) Pathophysiology. The biologic basis for disease in adults and children. (5 th edition) USA: Elsevier. Rhoades, R.A. and Bell, D.R. (2009) Medical physiology. Principles for clinical medicine. (3 rd edition). London: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. URLs <> -108-360 <> <> <> <> -108 <>

Transferrable Skills

Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms. Work effectively with others. Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FDL) 89.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 25.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (FDL) 25.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 25.00
Tutorials (FDL) 12.00
Lectures (FDL) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 89.00
Independent Learning (FT) 89.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% Case Study 3000 words