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N210 Syllabus

    Introduction to Pathophysiology
    Spring 2004

    Instructor: Dr. Margaret Hansen

    Office: Cowell 305
    Phone: (415) 422-2017

    Class Meetings:
    Lecture: Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. ­ 4:05 p.m., Cowell 325

    Office Hours:
    Mondays: 3:45 p.m. ­ 5:30 p.m.
    Wednesdays: 4:15 p.m. ­ 5:30 p.m.
    Personal appointment

    Required Texts:
    McKance, K.L. & Huether, S.E. (2002). Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children. St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby.

    Recommended Texts:
    Corbett, J. (2004). Laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures with nursing diagnoses. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Health.

    University of San Francisco
    School of Nursing

    (3 units)

    Course Description
    This theory course presents information on specific interruptions in normal function of the major human physiological systems. It includes clinical manifestations of specific diseases and general principles guiding medical and nursing interventions for these diseases. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding of the disease process and the pathological commonalties among these processes.

    Course Prerequisites
    Successful completion of Biology 114 and 115 or their equivalents.

    Course Objectives
    At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

    1. Apply principles of critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and nursing interventions to client care situations in which there is a physiologic alteration.

    2. Contrast selected physiologic alterations with the normal body system functions across the lifespan.

    3. Apply principles from the basic sciences as a foundation to the pathophysiological dysfunction of the human body systems.

    4. Explain the interrelationships of pathophysiological changes within the body and the clinical implications of these changes.

    5. Use the steps of the nursing process to manage individuals exhibiting alterations in various body systems.

    6. Predict general medical and nursing interventions used for treatments of selected alterations in physiological function.

    7. Demonstrate a commitment to role development as evidenced by exhibiting accountability, responsibility, and reliability to self, peers and the class milieu.

    Teaching and Learning Strategies
    ³Ownership of learning requires a commitment from all students² (Jonassen, Peck & Wilson, 2001).

    Important elements of the Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1978) are incorporated in the design and instruction of this course. The adult learner is capable of: creating their own learning goals; sharing life experiences and knowledge with their peers and professor; demonstrating autonomy and self-directed learning; and enjoy applying their learning to work-related responsibilities (Lieb, 2003). The professor strives to provide a learning environment that allows for the learner to exhibit such capabilities. The course activities are designed to incorporate technological developments, collaborative/group learning, and active/constructivist methods of learning. The professor believes continued student and teacher scholarship is fundamental for learning and teaching.

    Some of the class learning activities will include: lecture format; review and discussion of medical-surgical case studies; structured group learning activities; use of advanced organizers (concept maps) to assist with learning; demonstration of clinical nursing skills; and review of NCLEX-style test questions.

    The faculty believes that students have a major responsibility for learning. Faculty facilitates the professional growth of students by encouraging independent thought and action. Essential to the achievement of this goal is the interaction and cooperation between faculty and student. A quest for knowledge is the major vehicle by which an individual proceeds toward self-actualization. The faculty's expectation is that students will take an active part in their learning and will be responsible for all previous learning. Students will be involved in the planning and direction of their educational experience.

    Course Attendance Policy
    Students are expected to attend classroom and laboratory exercises. Absences may affect the final grade or eligibility to sit for the final examination. Furthermore, students are expected to attend every class meeting unless they are ill or there is a crisis in their family. Prolonged illness or a pattern of frequent absences can jeopardize your grade in the course. Consistently attending class will be an effective use of your time, since the exams may include topics discussed in class that do not appear in the textbook. Make-up exams are available to students who experience emergency situations within the academic semester. Make-up exams are offered on the last day of class. Notification by the student, prior to the exam, is necessary in order to take a make-up exam.

    "When representing the University of San Francisco in intercollegiate competition (e.g., athletics, debate), students shall be excused from classes on the hours or days such competition takes them away from classes. However, such students shall be responsible for advising their professors regarding anticipated absences and for arranging to complete course work for classes, laboratories, and/or examinations missed." (USF General Catalog 2003-2005)

    Students are expected to arrive on time for class meetings. Tardiness is unacceptable, as it demonstrates lack of respect for the professor and/or guest lecturers, is disruptive, and negatively impacts the quality of the learning environment. Cell phones and pagers are disruptive and are to be turned off during the class meeting.

    Student-Faculty Communication
    It is the learnerıs responsibility to contact the professor in advance if
    • you are ill and canıt come to class.
    • you have an emergency situation and canıt take an exam.
    • you have been granted alternative testing conditions by the Learning Center in Academic Support Services (Campion, C-1).

    Students are advised to communicate directly with the faculty (e.g. in person) to ensure effective communication and minimize misinterpretations. You may communicate with the professor

    • immediately following class meetings.
    • via telephone contact or voice mail at 415-422-2017.
    • via e-mail: (Monday ­ Thursday; 9am-5pm).
    • during scheduled office hours or by appointment (Cowell 305).

    The professor may contact students by

    • in-class announcements; electronic postings via electronic course site.
    • notes posted on the professorıs office door (Cowell 305).
    • e-mail/ telephone call to the address/number provided by individual students.
    • placing sealed written notices in individual studentıs mail folders in the nursing student lounge (Cowell, street level).

    Student Responsibilities
    1. Students are expected to review and utilize knowledge and experiences from the required pre-requisite courses and concurrent courses. The faculty's expectation is that students will take an active part in their learning and will be responsible for all previous learning.
    2. Students are responsible for lecture content and assigned activities. Assigned readings are selected to extend and clarify lecture content and the faculty expects that students will complete assigned readings.

    Students are given several opportunities to anonymously evaluate the course and the faculty. Evaluation of the course will include judgments about the course objectives, the relevance and organization of the course content and the evaluation methods. Evaluation of the faculty includes judgments about their effectiveness as facilitators of learning and their ability to use appropriate teaching strategies. These evaluations will be conducted at the completion of the course.

    Additional Instructor Comments:
    I strongly recommend forming a study group with at least one of your classmates to review concepts presented in lecture. This collaboration is to help you learn the material.

    If you are unable to understand a specific concept, ask me to clarify in class, visit me during my office hours, or promptly ask your study group members.

    If you determine that you require more assistance with your learning, then please take advantage of the free tutoring available at the Learning Center in Cowell 227. Their phone number is: 415-422-6713.

    Coursework and Grading
    1. The exam schedule is specified in the class schedule on the Internet ( and the School of Nursing final exam schedule. Online quizzes only are offered as enrichment/supplemental activities.
    2. Examinations are based on lecture content and assigned readings. Exams are scheduled based on the amount of content covered rather than a specified time interval.
    3. The earned grade for the course is based on:

    Group Work: Case Study Posts 15%
    Online Course Activities 10%
    Midterm 1 & 2 40%
    Cumulative Final exam 35%

    Total 100%

    Note: Make-up exams are only available to students who experience emergency situations within the academic semester. Make-up exams are offered on the last day of class. ³Every successful excuse is a missed opportunity² Tarthang Tulku (Professor at Cal State Berkeley).

    4. Group Work:
      1. Choose a classmate as a partner.
      2. Following every fourth lecture write a case study pertaining to a previously discussed class topic.
      3. Write two multiple-choice questions and two short-answer questions that are relevant to your original case study.
      4. Post this case study and your questions on the N210 online forum and invite your partner to read the case study and answer your questions as a ³reply.² A heading on the forum, such as ³post your case studies and questions/answers here,² will be provided for organizational purposes.
      5. Your ³reply² should include answers to the four questions posed by your partner.
      6. Unacceptable case studies and/or questions constitute lack of valid information, plagiarized or ghost written. Whereas an excellent case study is one that demonstrates clear signs of independent thinking and an attempt to try out new ideas.
      7. Group work is due the class period following every 4th lecture. It is your responsibility to check the ³N210 forum² for group work due dates.
      6 A percentage score will be assigned a letter grade according to the following scale:

    A+ 100%
    A 92-99%
    A- 90-91%
    B+ 88-89%
    B 82-87%
    B- 80-81%
    C+ 78-79%
    C 72-77%
    C- 70-71%
    D+ 68-69%
    D 62-67%
    D- 60-61%
    F 59 and below

    5. A grade of C or higher is required to pass the course. Students earning below a C must repeat the course with a grade of B or better.

    6. Students earning a grade lower than a C on any assignment should arrange for a conference with the instructor.

    7. Students are required to conform to the "Academic Honesty" policies as outlined in the University Catalog.

    USFconnect and E-mail
    Students in this class must have a USFconnect account. Your username and password/PIN will have already been mailed to you at your home address. If you have misplaced it, go to Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk in Harney 222 to obtain the information. You must do this as soon as possible.

    E-mail - you should have received information about your USF e-mail account (which can be accessed through USFconnect). If you prefer to use a different e-mail address, be sure to forward your USF e-mail to your preferred account. Just go to For computer-related questions, go to­services.html or contact the Help Desk, HR 222, x6668,

    Academic Honesty Policy
    Truth seeking is one of the factors that dispose a person towards critical thinking. Honesty and truthfulness are essential to our professional practice. Consequently, the faculty expects absolute integrity from all students in this course. Any evidence of dishonesty with regards to an examination, written or online assignment will result in course failure for the student(s) involved, and this behavior will be reported to the Dean of the School of Nursing.

    Students with Disabilities
    Faculty in the School of Nursing are interested in making sure you receive a quality education. If you need a reasonable accommodation as a result of a disability, please arrange to contact the instructor during the first two weeks of the semester; confidentiality will be maintained. For additional information on requesting accommodation, refer to the FOGCUTTER Student Handbook, or contact Disability Related Services at ext. 2613 or Services for Students with Learning Disabilities at x6876.

    School of Nursing Program Disclaimer
    The University of San Francisco School of Nursing reserves the right to add, amend or cancel any of its programs, regulations, rules, policies, and procedures, in whole or in part, at such time as it may choose and for any reason. None shall be construed as, operate as, or have the effect of an abridgment or limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the University of San Francisco School of Nursing.

    Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of the information in this Publication. Students are advised, however, that such information is subject to change without notice, and that they should consult with the Dean of the School of Nursing for current information. Information in this Publication does not constitute a contract between the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and a student or an applicant for admission.