House Bill 2504

Summer II 2012 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1311-34 - Nursing Pathophysiology

Faculty Information
SemesterSummer II 2012
InstructorSmith, Wilma Kathryn
Phone(409) 984-6374
Allied Health
Chair:Margaret Gongre
Phone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9-3pm
Building:Allied Health (AH)
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Course Information
Course Number70129
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 The student must have completed BIOL 2401 (143) and BIOL 2401 (144) Human Anatomy and Physiology.
Required Textbooks Huether, S. E., & McCance, K. L., (2012). Understanding Pathophysiology (5th ed.)

You do not need the Access Code. St. Louis: Mosby. Textbook

ISBN: 978-0-323-07891-7; Study Guide ISBN: 978-0-323-08489-5.


Readings and resources will be assigned throughout the modules. Some of these resources will be available through Gate’s Memorial Library’s electronic reserves. Others will be Internet resources available through links in the course. Textbooks are required and can be purchased from the Lamar Port Arthur Online Bookstore ( or from most online book retailers.

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance time online and course success
Course Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of Final Grade Graded Course Components        Point Value        Percentage of Final Grade

Discussion Board Participation        5 @ 100 Points (500 Pnts Total)        25%

Module Exams        3 @ 100 Points (300 Points Total)        50%

Final Exam        1 @ 100 Points        25%

TOTAL        900 Points Total        100%

Final Exam Date October 11, 2012 - 9:00 AM
Major Assignments Unit I:

Discussion Board 1 Posting

Unit Exam I - June 07, 2012 from 0800-2100

(Chapters 3, 5, 6, 7, 18, 20, & 21)

Unit II:

Discussion Board 2 Posting

Unit Exam II - June 21, 2012 from 0800-2100

(Chapters 23, 24, 26, & 27)

Unit III:

Discussion Board 3 Posting

Unit Exam III - July 05, 2012 from 0800-2100

(Chapters 14, 15,16, 32, 37, & 38)

Unit IV:

Discussion Board 4 Posting

Discussion Board 5 Posting

Final Exam - July 19, 2012 from 0800-2100 be monitored by ProctorU

(Chapters 29, 30, 34, 35, 39, 40)

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Unit I:

Discussion Board 1 Posting

Unit Exam I - June 07, 2012 from 0800-2100

(Chapters 3, 5, 6, 7, 18, 20, & 21)

Unit II:

Discussion Board 2 Posting

Unit Exam II - June 21, 2012 from 0800-2100

(Chapters 23, 24, 26, & 27)

Unit III:

Discussion Board 3 Posting

Unit Exam III - July 05, 2012 from 0800-2100

(Chapters 14, 15,16, 32, 37, & 38)

Unit IV:

Discussion Board 4 Posting

Discussion Board 5 Posting

Final Exam - July 19, 2012 from 0800-2100 be monitored by ProctorU

(Chapters 29, 30, 34, 35, 39, 40)

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 The Upward Mobility Nursing Program provides educational experiences that offer opportunities for the student to:

1.        Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards for the professional nurse.

2.        Use a systematic problem-solving process to provide safe, individualized, evidence-based nursing care and coordinate care for a limited number of patients who have complex needs with predictable or unpredictable outcomes in various health care settings.

3.        Adopt an approach to nursing practice that promotes safety for patients, significant others, self, and members of the healthcare team.

4.        Collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide optimum, evidence-based, and safe care to patients.

Course Student Learning Outcomes Upon completion of RNSG 1311, the student will have the opportunity to:

•        Determine physiological responses that occur with alterations in heath.

•        Analyze the relationship of a person’s adaptive mechanisms to alterations in body systems.

•        Explain the outcomes as a result of adaptive mechanism failure.

•        Discuss pathophysiology principles for assessed deviations from wellness.

•        Determine the etiology and manifestations of pathophysiological events that occur during illness.

Assess a given hypothetical situation to predict an individual’s adaptive response to a changing heath event.

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.

    Grades of incomplete are NOT automatically given when there are missing assignments at the end of the course. A student must discuss with the faculty of record for the course the reasons that an incomplete grade is being requested. This discussion must occur as soon as the student recognizes that a problem exists.

    Faculty members are not obligated to grant the use of an incomplete grade. When an incomplete grade is NOT granted, students will receive a grade of zero, "0", for all missing work. The course average will then be calculated according to the method outlined in the syllabus. If an incomplete is granted, the student must satisfactorily complete ALL work by the deadlines set by the instructor. A grade of zero, "0" will be recorded for all work not completed by the given deadlines. The course average will then be calculated according to the method outlined in the syllabus.

    Exams: Students will complete 3 Unit Exams and a Final Exam during the course. Each unit exam will cover the material from Modules covered in the course. The three unit exams are each worth 100 points or 50% of your final grade. The due dates for completion of the exams are listed in the module. Exams may consist of multiple choice, true/false, and/or multiple answers. No essay questions are included. Each exam contains 50 to 70 items depending on the exam and you have 60 to 100 minutes to complete it. Exam questions may be viewed only once. Once you leave an exam question, you may not return to it. Exams in this course are administered through the LSC-PA Testing site. Question items in the exams are may be randomly selected so no two students have the same exam. Each exam item is of equal weight, so no student has an easier or more difficult exam to take. There are no exam retakes available.

    The Final exam will be monitored by ProctorU. Information regarding registration for ProctorU monitoring will be given inside the course.

    Individual Discussion Postings: Discussion among and between classmates is a major component of this course. At several points in this course, you will be asked to respond to a prompt from the instructor. Additionally, you are required to post thoughtful and scholarly replies to other student postings for each prompt. Your original post and your replies should be written in a professional manner, consist of complete sentences, and must be properly referenced according to the APA style. The average of your Discussion Board grades will count for 25% of your course grade.

Additional Information I am best reached by email. I will try to address all emails within one buissness day .
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.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  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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