University of Technology Sydney

91529 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

6cp; 3.5hpw: 1.5hpw (lecture, online), 2hpw (tutorial, face-to-face)
Requisite(s): ( 91528 Health and Homeostasis OR (91562 Health and Homeostasis 1 AND 91561 Health and Homeostasis 2))
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
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This subject provides an introduction to the science and medicine of diabetes, asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], cardiovascular disease, stroke and dementia (a convenient grouping of major diseases that confront an ageing population). The subject explores fundamental pathophysiology of these body systems and the pharmacology of drugs used in the treatment and management of disease. Throughout the subject, there is an integrated focus on body systems contrasting normal and abnormal and how disease states may be managed therapeutically. The subject concentrates on common major diseases of these body systems which facilitates a comprehensive study of the pathophysiology encountered in these disease states, as well as cementing an understanding of the normal physiology in these body systems including the process of ageing. This is complemented by the study of the treatment and management of these diseases.

After completing this subject, students should be able to recognise the classical symptoms and inquire critically for necessary information from the patient in order to make initial diagnosis and order the relevant laboratory tests to further confirm the diagnosis, as well as provide treatment strategies and nursing care to ameliorate or reverse the disease condition in an ethical and legal manner.

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