Pathophysiology II


  2. A. Course Title: Pathophysiology II
    B. Course Number: NU 103A - 30404
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M 1:00:00 PM - 4:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Swinney, Heather
    G. Office: McLean Hall (MC) 124
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2532
    J. Office Hours: Schedule will be posted on office door. Can contact through canvas to schedule an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): BI 224A Anatomy and Physiology II, NU 103 Pathophysiology I
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MC136

    This course is a continuation of Pathophysiology I and focuses on the basic understanding of pathophysiology associated with professional health care practice for nursing students. Diseases and conditions of greatest incidence, prevalence, and importance are studied across the lifespan. Course content is presented using a conceptual learning model. The relationships between body systems, organs, tissues, cells, and the underlying concepts associated with human pathophysiology are discussed. Normal structure and function of the cells, pathophysiological mechanisms, and iatrogenic injury to the cells of specific c body systems are examined. Risk factors and clinical findings of specific diseases are discussed. Cultural, ethnic, and racial variations of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of specific diseases are studied. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: BI 224A Anatomy and Physiology II, NU 103 Pathophysiology I


    NU103 will transfer to most two and four year colleges for credit. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the NMJC Counseling Office. It is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student's responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.



    Story, L. (2018). Pathophysiology: A Practical Approach (Third ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett. * ISBN-13: 9781284120196

    Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 10th edition. (2016) Mosby/Elsevier. * ISBN: 9780323074032

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    NoneSilvestri & Silvestri, Saunders 2016-2017 Strategies for Test Success, 4th edition. (2015) Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323296618

    Silvestri, NCLEX RN Comprehensive Review, 6th edition. (2013) Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455727551

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grades will be calculated by the following:

    68% = Unit Exams (4 unit exams worth 17% each)
    17% = Final Exam (100 questions)
    10% = Preparatory Quizzes (total of 4)
    5% = Attendance


    Unit Exams & Comprehensive Final Exam

    Students are required to take the unit exams in class during the assigned date and time. Students who fail to take an exam during that time will not be allowed to make that exam up unless proof of extenuating circumstances is given, in writing. Students who miss an exam must take it prior to the next class meeting, or will not be allowed to make it up, and a zero will be given. Exams taken late will have 10 points deducted, and may be an alternate format. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor and submit proof of extenuating circumstances and arrange a make up test date in the Test Center prior to the next class date.

    A comprehensive final exam will be administered in the Testing Center on Canvas during the date/time as stated in the NMJC fall course schedule. Students are responsible for checking the testing center hours during the week of the exam and need to arrive at least 90 minutes before closing, or they will not be allowed to take the exam. Please make an appointment for your Final Exam, in person, to ensure a time is reserved for you, as this is a busy time for exams. NO EARLY administering of the final exam is permitted except in an emergency AND permission from the Dean must be granted. To keep disruptions to a minimum during testing, students are requested to be on time and remain in the testing area until their test has been submitted (e. g. no bathroom breaks). NO electronic devices are allowed. If found to have an electronic device during the exam, a zero will be given for the test score. No exceptions.

    Preparatory Quizzes
    There will be four quizzes based on the assigned readings to determine student preparation for class. Each quiz will have 10 multiple choice questions requiring you to comprehend and apply pathophysiological concepts. The quizzes will be given randomly during didactic classes and may be computerized or pencil/paper. If a student is absent on the day a quiz is scheduled, a 0% will be given. There are no make-up quizzes. Once the exam is in progress, the door will be closed and no late entrance will be allowed in order to keep disruptions to a minimum for the students who are already testing. Late arrival will result in a zero score because late entrance is not allowed. Please be in your seat and ready to begin class promptly at 1:00.

    Dates and Times of Exams and Final Exam are listed in the Agenda in Canvas. Preparatory Quizzes will be unannounced.

    Attendance for each class session is mandatory and role will be taken at the beginning and in the middle of each class in canvas. All absences, excused or unexcused, count as an absence in the attendance grade. Leaving any class before dismissed by the instructor will count as an absence and you will not receive credit for attendance that day. Missing more than 30 minutes of class time will count as an absence for that day, regardless of the reason. Your attendance is worth 5% of your grade.

    The door to class will close at 1:00 and admission to class will not be allowed until the first break is given in order to keep class disruptions to a minimum. If the amount of class time missed due to a tardy results in missing more than 30 minutes, the student will be counted absent.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    At the completion of this course it is anticipated that the student will be able to:

    1. Develop a basic understanding of pathophysiology associated with professional health care practice related to the nursing concepts of self and community awareness, communication, and critical thinking and problem solving.
    2. Identify relationships between body systems, organs, tissues, cells, and the underlying concepts associated with human pathophysiology.
    3. Identify diseases and conditions of greatest incidence, prevalence, and importance across the life span related to health and illness concepts.
    4. Recognize risk factors and clinical findings of diseases of greatest prevalence and incidence across the life span related to health and illness concepts.
    5. Identify the cultural, ethnic, and racial variations of human anatomy and physiology and the diseases of greatest prevalence and incidence in various systems and functions of the body.


    Unit One
    Chapter 4: Cardiovascular Function
    1. Discuss normal cardiovascular anatomy and physiology.
    2. Describe and compare cardiovascular alterations resulting in decreased cardiac output.
    3. Describe and compare cardiovascular alterations resulting in altered tissue perfusion.
    4. Explore cardiovascular alterations resulting in both decreased cardiac output and altered tissue perfusion.

    Unit Two
    Chapter 6: Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances
    1. Explain fluid distribution and movement in the body.
    2. Describe and compare fluid imbalance disorders.
    3. Explain normal electrolyte functions in the body.
    4. Describe and compare electrolyte disorders.

    Chapter 7: Urinary Function
    1. Discuss normal urinary anatomy and physiology.
    2. Describe and compare renal alterations that alter urinary elimination.
    3. Describe and compare renal alterations that result in impaired renal function.

    Unit Three
    Chapter 5: Respiratory Function
    1. Discuss normal respiratory anatomy and physiology.
    2. Describe and compare infectious disorders of the respiratory system.
    3. Describe and compare respiratory alterations that impair ventilation.
    4. Describe and compare respiratory alterations that impair perfusion.

    Chapter 6: Acid-Base Regulation
    6. Describe and compare acid–base disorders.
    7. Analyze arterial blood gases.

    Unit Four
    Chapter 8: Reproductive Function
    1. Discuss normal reproductive anatomy and physiology.
    2. Describe congenital reproductive disorders.
    3. Describe issues with fertility.
    4. Describe and compare common menstrual disorders.
    5. Discuss various disorders of the reproductive structures.
    6. Describe and compare infectious disorders of the reproductive system.
    7. Describe and compare cancers of the reproductive system.

    Chapter 9: Gastrointestinal Function
    1. Discuss normal gastrointestinal anatomy and physiology.
    2. Describe and compare congenital defects of the gastrointestinal system.
    3. Compare and contrast disorders of the upper gastrointestinal system.
    4. Describe and compare disorders of the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas.
    5. Compare and contrast disorders of the lower gastrointestinal system.
    6. Describe and compare cancers of the gastrointestinal system.

    Unit Five
    Chapter 10: Endocrine Function
    1. Discuss normal endocrine anatomy and physiology.
    2. Compare and contrast disorders of the parathyroid gland.
    3. Describe and differentiate the types of diabetes mellitus.
    4. Compare and contrast disorders of the thyroid gland.
    5. Compare and contrast disorders of the adrenal glands.



    Flipped Classroom - instructional material/reading is posted on canvas and students are required to complete any assigned pre-lecture practice questions, do all reading assignments, view power point presentations, watch videos, etc., prior to class time. Students will participate in assignments, group work, and discussions related to content in class facilitated/guided by the instructor.

    Lecture - traditional presentation supplemented by power point, case studies, concept building exercises and other audio-visual materials; question/answer interaction with the students; instructor facilitated group work in class; three (3) hours per week.

    Attendance Policy: Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class using canvas. Please be in your seat and ready to begin class on time. It is important for you to be present for each class. If you are absent, you are still responsible for material covered in class and it will be your responsibility to get with a peer in the class and find out what you missed.

    Make-up policy: If the absence is college sponsored, BOTH the student and the college sponsor are required to notify the instructor prior to his/her absence. Prior arrangements are expected to be made and (when possible) the work completed before the absence.

    Behavior Policy: Disruptive behavior may result in the student being requested to leave the lecture or laboratory session for that day. Disruptive behavior will be documented and, if it continues, will be reported to the appropriate administrative personnel with sanctions requested using the guidelines set by NMJC policies and procedures. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to the following: coming to class late, leaving class early, eating in class, using cell phones/pagers, wearing ear buds, and/or conversing while the professor is instructing.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Course outline will be posted in Canvas.