House Bill 2504

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1311-01 - Nursing Pathophysiology

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2011
InstructorLonglet, Nancy Joann
Phone(409) 984-6324
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Phone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:MWF 8-9, M 10-12, W 10-11, TTh 9:15-10:45, Virt Off M9-10pm (email anytime)
Building:Educational Annex (EDUC)
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Course Information
Course Number90402
Course Description Basic principles of pathophysiology emphasizing nursing application. Topics include principles of homeostasis related to body systems. Factors that contribute to altered physiological functioning of each body system and interrelationships among selected pathophysiological processes are explored. The implications for nursing practice of common physiological alterations and pathophysiological processes throughout the lifespan are examined.
Course Prerequisites Successful completion of Bio 2401 & 2402 (Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2) with a minimum grade of a "C".
Required Textbooks Huether, S.E. & McCance, K.L. (2008) Understanding Pathophysiology (4th ed) St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc. ISBN 978-0-323-04990-0
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Class will meet from 8am until 9:15am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attendance may be taken at the beginning of each class. Students with excessive absences and/or tardiness may be dropped from the class. Missing a terminology quiz will result in a grade of "0" for that quiz.
Course Grading Scale A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 75-79, D = 60-74, F = 59 and below
Determination of Final Grade There will be 6 terminology quizzes. The terminology quiz grades will be averaged together and this average will count as one exam grade. There will be 6 exams during the semester.

The course grade will be calculated by adding the 6 exam grades, and the terminology quiz average, and dividing the total by 7.

***A final course grade of 75% or greater is required to pass this course.***
Final Exam Date December 8, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments Summary of Exam Availability

Exam #        Begins                Ends

1        8am Sat 9/10        11:55pm Mon 9/12

2        8am Sat 10/1        11:55pm Mon 10/3

3        8am Sat 10/22        11:55pm Mon 10/24

4        8am Sat 11/5        11:55pm Mon 11/7

5        8am Thurs 11/17        11:55pm Sun 11/20

Final        8am Thurs 12/8        11:55pm Sat 12/10

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates RNSG 1311

Fall, 2011

Preview of Coming Attractions

An outline of the lecture dates, topics to be covered, quiz & exam dates is given below. Please note that this outline is subject to change throughout the semester as the need arises, i.e., we may spend more or less time of a particular topic as need dictates. You will be given advanced notice if the dates for any of the exams are changed. Being in class to learn of these changes in the schedule is YOUR responsibility.

With the exception of Exam #5 & the Final, exams will be available between 8:00am Saturday until 11:55 pm on Monday on the dates scheduled.

Day                  Date                         Feature Presentation

        T        8/23        Introduction, procedures, Chapter 7

        R        8/25         Ch 7 Hypersensitivities, Infection, and Immune Deficiencies

        T        8/30        Ch 7 Hypersensitivities, Infection, and Immune Deficiencies

        R         9/21        Ch 9, 10, & 11 Cancer

        T         9/6        Ch 9, 10, & 11 Cancer, & Terminology Quiz List #1

        R         9/8        Ch 9, 10, & 11 Cancer

Sat-M        9/10-9/12        Exam 1 Available over Ch 7, 9, 10, & 11

        T        9/13        Ch 15, 16 Alterations of the Nervous System

        R        9/15        Ch 15, 16 Alterations of the Nervous System

        T        9/20        Ch 15, 16 Alterations of the Nervous System

        R        9/22        Ch 18 Alterations of the Endocrine System

        T        9/27        Ch 18 Alterations of the Endocrine System, & Terminology Quiz List#2

        R        9/29        Ch 18 Alterations of the Endocrine System

Sat-M        10/1-10/3        Exam 2 Available over Ch 15, 16, 18

        T        10/4        Ch 20 & 21 Alterations of Hematologic Function

        R        10/6        Ch 20 & 21 Alterations of Hematologic Function

        T         10/11        Ch 20 & 21 Alterations of Hematologic Function

        R        10/13        Ch 23 & 24 Alterations of Cardiovascular Function

        T         10/18        Ch 23 & 24 Alterations of CV Function, & Terminology Quiz List#3

        R        10/20         Ch 23 & 24 Alterations of Cardiovascular Function

Sat-M        10/22-10/24        Exam 3 Available over Ch 20, 21, 23, & 24

        T        10/25        Ch 26 & 27 Alterations of Pulmonary Function

        R        10/27        Ch 26 & 27 Alterations of Pulmonary Function

        T        11/1        Ch 29 Alterations in Renal Function

        R        11/3        Ch 29 Alterations in Renal Function, & Terminology Quiz List#4

Sat-M        11/5-11/7        Exam 4 Available over Ch 26, 27, & 29

        T        11/8        Ch 34 Alterations of Digestive Function

        R        11/10         Ch 34 Alterations of Digestive Function

        T        11/15        Ch 34 Alterations of Digestive Function, Terminology Quiz List #5

R-Sun        11/17-11/20        Exam 5 Available over Ch 34 ***Note- Exam is NOT on Sun & Mon***

        T        11/22        Ch 37 & 38 Alterations of Musculoskeletal Function

        R        11/24        Thanksgiving Holiday (Dallas Cowboys vs Miami Dolphins @ 3:15)

        T        11/29        Ch 37 & 38 Alterations of Musculoskeletal Function

        R        12/1        Ch 37 & 38 Alterations of Musculoskeletal Function

        T         12/6        Ch 37 & 38, Terminology Quiz #6

R-Sat        12/8-12/10        Final Exam available from 8am Thursday, 12/8 until 11:55pm

                Saturday, 12/10

This tentative outline is being provided so that you will be able to read material prior to coming to lecture. Reading the material and looking up any words you don’t know BEFORE the lecture will be immensely beneficial in your learning process.

Terminology Quizzes will be short and given during the last 10 min of class. There are no make ups for Terminology Quizzes! If you miss class on the date of a terminology quiz, you will receive a grade of “0” (zero) for that quiz. The terminology quizzes will be matching—10 words with about 20 definitions to choose from. The average of your terminology quizzes will count as one exam grade when figuring your course average.

Unless announced otherwise, All Exams will be given online. Exams will consist of multiple choice and multiple answer questions. Some of terms from the terminology list, can (and probably will be) included on the exams.

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 2. Uses a systematic problem-solving process to provide individualized, evidence-based nursing care and coordinate care for a limited number of patients who have complex needs in various health care settings.
Course Student Learning Outcomes 1.        Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology, manifestations, and treatments of alterations occurring in hypersensitivities, infections, immune system disorders, and cancer. (2)

2.        Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology, manifestations, and treatments of CNS disorders, degenerative disorders, cerebrovascular disorders, NMJ disorders, CNS malformations, and endocrine disorders. (2)

3.        Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology, manifestations, and treatments of blood cell disorders, vascular diseases, hypertension, disorders of the heart wall & valves, dysrhythmias, heart failure, and shock. (2)

4.        Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology, manifestations, and treatments of pulmonary diseases, pulmonary infections, pulmonary vascular disease, urinary tract obstructions & infections, renal disorders, and renal failure. (2)

5.        Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology, manifestations, and treatments of GI dysfunction, disorders of GI motility, malabsorption, inflammatory disorders, nutritional disorders, and disorders of the liver, gall bladder, and pancreas. (2)

6.        Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology, manifestations, and treatments of metabolic & infectious bone disorders, arthritis, muscular dysfunctions, fibromyalgia, metabolic & inflammatory muscle diseases, toxic myopathies, and musculoskeletal trauma. (2)

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    Terminology Quizzes

            Understanding the terminology used in the medical field is crucial to your success. Knowing the definitions to these terms will be extremely valuable tools which will enable you to understand the material being discussed. Thus, for each section we cover, you will be given a list of terms that you will need to know the definitions for. There will be a short quiz given over these terms about 1 week before the exam for that section. This quiz will be given during the last 10 minutes of class. There will be NO MAKEUPS on terminology quizzes. There will be a total of 6 quizzes. THE QUIZ GRADES WILL BE AVERAGED TOGETHER AND WILL COUNT AS ONE EXAM GRADE.


            All exams in this course will be given online (with the possible exception of the final-see below). The exams will be available for you to take on the dates indicated on the lecture outline, (usually from 8am Saturday until 11:55pm Monday). You need to enter these dates into your phone calendar or other device to remind you when they are. Since you have 3 days in which to take an exam, THERE SHOULD BE NO REASON FOR YOU TO MISS AN EXAM!!!!! NO EXAM GRADES WILL BE DROPPED. There will be 5 exams plus the final exam during the semester. (6 total) Each exam will consists of between 50 & 70 points. You will be given a grade based on the percentage of questions you answered correctly. ((#right / total possible) x 100) = % score.

    Your course grade will be determined by adding your 6 exam grades and your terminology quiz average together and dividing that number by 7.

            The final exam is MANDATORY, and will most likely given online. The college sets a schedule for the final exam. If this final is given online, there will be an “availability window” when it will be taken that will extend beyond the time set by the official finals schedule. Currently, the availability window is scheduled to be 8am Thursday, Dec 8th, through 11:55pm Saturday, Dec 10th. Exams will consist of multiple choice, and multiple answer questions. The review questions can be used as a guide as to what you need to know. However, there may be more material on the exams depending on what is covered in lecture. (see below for more info regarding the review questions). A grade of “C” which corresponds to a lecture average of 75% is required to “pass” the course. (See Grading Scale on page 2 of the syllabus.)

    You should plan to spend time studying for this class EVERY DAY. Pathophysiology pretty much begins where A&P stopped. In A&P you learned about how the body works and is put together. In Patho, we will take that knowledge one step further and learn about what happens in the body during disease states and/or trauma. Thus, if it has been a while since you have taken A&P, or if you really don’t understand the basic A&P associated with a particular topic, I highly recommend that you review the A&P stuff prior to trying to learn the Pathophysiology stuff. If you wait until 2-3 days before an exam to begin to study and/or answer the review questions, I can pretty much assure you that you will do poorly on the exam. YOU NEED TO SPEND TIME EVERYDAY studying for this course. The more times you review the material, the better you will know it and thus your chances of doing well on an exam will be greatly improved.
  • Do NOT procrastinate!!!!!

  • Exams & Make-ups Exams:

    As stated above, exams for this course will be electronically given over the internet. The date that each exam will be available to you is listed on the course outline, as well as below the actual exam in WebCT. They will be available on the dates specified on the outline, between the hours of 8am Saturday until 11:55pm Monday, with the exception on Exam #5 which is scheduled to be given on a Thursday through Monday. Once you begin an exam, you will have approximately 50-53 min to complete it for a 50 question exam. This should give you MORE than enough time to fit this into your schedule on the date that they are available. THESE CANNONT BE RESCHEDULED, AND NO MAKE UPS FOR INDIVIDUAL EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN! If you miss an exam without a VALID AND PRE-APPROVED reason, you will receive a grade of zero for that exam. If you do not wish to keep the zero, then you will have to take a comprehensive make up exam at the end of the semester. If you have an emergency that prevents you from taking an exam, YOU MUST CONTACT ME WITHIN 12 HOURS OF THE END OF THE EXAM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE MAKE UP. If you miss an exam, and do not contact me for several days, you will not be allowed to take the makeup.

  • DO NOT confuse this policy with having the option of “dropping” an exam grade. If you miss an exam without making prior arrangements or without a valid AND approved reason you will receive a grade of zero (0) for that exam. It will be very hard to pass the course with a zero (0) on an exam.

  • If there is a problem with exam scheduling, you should contact me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Valid excuses include unavoidable medical and family EMERGENCIES.
  • Doctors appointments are NOT emergencies!
  • Written proof from a physician will be required for medical and family emergencies in order to be considered. Poor preparation, not having enough time to prepare, conflict with work schedules or other exams are NOT valid excuses for missing an exam. You are being given sufficient time to plan for and arrange your schedule on the availability dates of exams. Whether or not an excuse is valid is at the sole discretion of the instructor. Students will only be allowed to miss one (1) exam with a valid excuse and thus take the comprehensive make-up. After that, a grade of zero (0) will be entered for all exams you missed.

    Attendance and Tardiness:

    The classrooms we will be using are somewhat small. (What real estate people would call “cozy”) Thus, entering lecture late is a disruption to the entire class. Thus, if you are routinely and/or excessively tardy, you may be asked to drop the course, or an instructor initiated drop may be conducted. Changes in lecture schedule, changes in exam dates, etc will be announced at the beginning of the lecture. It is your responsibility to find out about any information and/or announcements that you miss. If you arrive late to a terminology quiz, you will not be given extra time to complete the quiz.

    I make it a policy to always hold lecture. If a situation develops that prevents me from holding lecture, I will notify the class via e-mail the class ASAP USING YOUR LSCPA e-mail address. Thus, if this class is the only reason that you are driving to campus, you might want to check you LSCPA e-mail about 30-45 min before the scheduled start of the lecture. Again, you must check your LSCPA e-mail.

    Use of electronic devices (i.e. cell phones and more) during normal class hours IS a distraction to students around you, AND is VERY OBVIOUS to me. Use of cell phones during class will NOT be tolerated.
Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights 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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

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  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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