OnlineStudy Period 2Study Period 2

Unit description

Develops specialist knowledge and skills to provide optimal care for clients with acute, chronic and complex presentation of diabetes. Students develop in-depth knowledge specific to the aetiology and pathophysiology of diabetes and a thorough understanding of the causes of acute and chronic complications of diabetes. Students will demonstrate knowledge showing the impact and relationship with other comorbidities together with an understanding of landmark clinical trials and research in the field of diabetes.

Unit content

  • Diabetes prevalence globally and nationally
  • Carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism
  • Pathophysiology and aetiology of diabetes
  • Diagnostic criteria and classification of diabetes
  • Hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemic states
  • Chronic complications of diabetes

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Tutorial online 3 hrs (Across the session)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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