Unit description

Explores nursing responses to changes in health status. This is the fourth in a series of four units. This unit employs case-based learning through which students will build upon and apply knowledge and skills related to health care transitions. Practice in nursing laboratory sessions and simulated rehearsal prepares students for professional experience placement.

Unit content

  • Principles of adaptation and change
  • Development across the lifespan
  • The concept of family
  • Introduction to maternity and newborn care
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for maternal and newborn clients
  • Introduction to paediatrics
  • Common childhood illnesses
  • Acute illness in childhood
  • Paediatric pharmacotherapeutics
  • Introduction to women's health
  • Introduction to men's health
  • Transitions in the elderly
  • Introduction to oncology
  • Pharmacotherapeutics in oncology
  • Remission and recovery

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

Session 2

  • Farrell, M & Dempsey, J (eds), 2013, Smeltzer and Bare's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, 3rd edn, LWW.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours
Laboratory session 2 hours (Wks 1,2,4,5,6,8,9)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours
Laboratory session 3 hours (Wk 3)
Quizzes (x 3)60%
Written Assessment40%
Skill StationSR

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


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