Full Title:Natural Sciences for Nursing / Midwifery Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:NURS N8Z12
 
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce students to the normal structure and function of the human body and the principles of microbiology, biochemistry and nutrition. This will provide the nursing/midwifery student with the necessary background knowledge for clinical nursing/midwifery practice. The module is presented in three units of study as follows: Unit 1: Introduction to the gross structure and function of each organ system of the human body. Unit 2: Microbiology for Nurses/Midwives. Unit 3: Biochemistry and Applied Nutrition for Nurses/Midwives.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify and describe the gross anatomy and relate the structure of each organ system of the human body to its functions.
  2. Identify organisms that cause disease and relate the body's natural immune mechanisms to the pathological process of inflammation.
  3. Describe the function of the major biomolecules and summarise the principle steps in their metabolism.
  4. Describe the sources and significance to health of the major macro and micronutrients.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Unit 1 Introduction to the gross structure and function of each organ system of the human body
Organisation and interrelationships between all the organ systems of the human body. Anatomical terminology. The structure and functional characteristics of the human cells and tissues. The distribution, movement and regulation of body fluids. The principles of the process of homeostasis and feedback. The normal structure and function of each organ system of the human body: Nervous system, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Gastrointestinal system, Endocrine system, Renal and urinary system, Integumentary system, Reproductive system, Musculoskeletal system.
Unit 2 Microbiology for Nurses/Midwives
The principles of immunity and the pathological process of inflammation. The study of organisms (bacteria, viruses and fungi) that cause infectious disease with particular attention given to infectious diseases associated with the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal systems. Explore national and international guidelines in relation to infection control and prevention. Methods of cleaning, disinfecting and sterilising.
Unit 3 Biochemistry and Applied Nutrition for Nurses/Midwives
Chemistry of life – elements, atoms, ions electrolytes, free radicals, molecules, chemical bonds, acid, bases, pH. Types of nutrients, components of the balanced diet, dietary recommendations, satiety and factors affecting foods that are eaten by man. Biomolecules – structure, dietary sources, function and metabolism of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates,(including fibre) nucleic acids, vitamins and minerals. Energy and weight control. Non nutrients/nutrients and health and disease. Explore national and international guidelines in relation to nutrition and prevention of nutritional deficiencies. Assessment of the patient/client’s nutritional status e.g. MUST Screening Tool.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Unit 3 - this must be passed independently. 3,4 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam Unit 1 and 2 End of semester final examination. This must be passed independently. 1,2 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat continuous assessment and a formal examination. Both elements must be passed independently in order to pass the module.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Unit 1 This module is normally delivered over 10 weeks. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Online Contact web learning. This module is normally delivered over 10 weeks. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecture Unit 2 This module is normally delivered over 10 weeks. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecture Unit 3 This module is normally delivered over 10 weeks. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial MUST Screening tool. This module is normally delivered over 10 weeks. 2.00 Once per semester 0.13
Directed Reading This module is normally delivered over 10 weeks. 10.00 Once per semester 0.67
Independent Study This module is normally delivered over 10 weeks. 43.00 Once per semester 2.87
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.67
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.13
This course has no Part Time workload.
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Gibney, M., Lanham-New, S., Cassidy, A. and Vorster, H. 2012, Introduction to Human Nutrition, 2nd Ed., Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 978-1-1183-5577-0]
  • Saladin, K. S. 2012, Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 6th Ed., McGraw Hill New York [ISBN: 0073378259]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Hames, D. and Hooper, N. 2011, Instant notes in Biochemistry, 4th Ed., Taylor and Francis [ISBN: 978 0- 203- 808-32-0]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NGNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing 1 Mandatory
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 1 Mandatory
nocode13 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 1 Mandatory
nocode24 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Midwifery) Exit Award 1 Mandatory
nocode14 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 1 Mandatory
nocode20 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Intellectual Disability Nursing Exit Award) 1 Mandatory
nocode25 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Midwifery) Exit Award 1 Mandatory