Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Fall 2015 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1311-73 - Nurs Pathophysiology

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2015
InstructorDouglas, Mark Eric
Phone(409) 984-6374
Allied Health
Chair:Ben Stafford
Phone:(409) 984-6354
Building:Allied Health (AH)
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Course Information
Course Number91140
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 Braun, C. A., & Anderson, C. M., (2012) Pathophysiology: A clinical approach.

(2nd ed.). Baltimore. Lippincott.

ISBN: 978-1-60547-304-8.

Braun, C. A., & Anderson, C. M., (2012) A study guide to accompany pathophysiology: A clinical approach. (2nd ed.). Baltimore. Lippincott.

ISBN: 978-1-60831-187-3.


Readings and resources will be assigned throughout the modules. Some of these resources will be available through Gate’s Memorial Library’s electronic reserves http:/ / . 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 and college success. Policies for this course are described below:

•        Students cannot meet the objectives of the course without completing course assignments. Students put at risk their success in the course if they miss any assignment deadlines.

•        It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor if they are unable to meet an assignment deadline.

•        A student who is absent from course activities for more than three (3) days may be dropped from the program by the Program Director.

Course Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of Final Grade Successful completion of the course requires the student to complete the readings, view the videos, interact in the online discussions, complete the required assignments, and participate in course activities. Students must have a C or above to earn course credit.

All participation will be electronically monitored. Late assignments may be penalized up to 5% for every day late after the date and time due, unless prior arrangements have been made with the faculty.

Grades will be calculated using the following percentage distributions:

Graded Course Components                  Percentage of Course Grade

Discussion Board Participation         2 grades (Averaged)         20%

Mid Term Exam         1 grades (Averaged)         40%

Final Exam         1 grade ( Averaged)         40%



Grades of incomplete are NOT automatically given when there are missing assignments at the end of the course. 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 a Mid Term Exam and a Final Exam during the course. Each unit exam will cover the material from Modules covered in the course. 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 100 items depending on the exam and you have 120 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 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. 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 20% of your course grade.

Final Exam Date October 15, 2015 - 7:00 AM
Major Assignments Discussion Board 1 Posting

Discussion Board 2 Posting

Discussion Board 3 Posting

Mid Term Exam – Sept 16, 2015 from 0700-2100

(Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14)

Final Exam - October 14, 2015 from 0700-2100 to be monitored by ProctorU        

        (Chapters 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 18)

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Module 1         

Introduction to Pathophysiology, Inflammation, Tissue Repair and Infection

Read Textbook: Chapters 1, 3, 5

Use Study Guide: Chapters 1, 3, 5

Discussion Board 1 Posting

        Module 2         

Altered Cells and Tissues, Altered Immunity, and Altered Cellular Proliferation

Read Textbook: Chapters 2, 4, 7

Use Study Guide: Chapters 2, 4, 7

        Module 3         

Altered Hormonal and Metabolic Regulation

Altered Ventilation and Diffusion

Altered Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance

Read Textbook: Chapter 11, 13, 8

Use Study Guide: 11, 13, 8

Discussion Board 2 Posting

Module 4

Altered Perfusion

Read Textbook: Chapter 14

Use Study Guide: Chapter 14


Mid Term Exam

Module 5         

Altered Neuronal Transmission

Altered Sensory Function and Pain Perception

Read Textbook: Chapters 9, 10

Use Study Guide: Chapters 9,10

        Module 6         

Altered Reproductive Function

Altered Genetic and Developmental Disorders

Read Textbook: Chapter 6, 12

Use Study Guide: Chapter 6, 12

Module 7

Altered Elimination

Read Textbook: Chapter 16

Use Study Guide: Chapter 16

Discussion Board 3 Posting

Module 8         

Degenerative Changes of Aging

Combining Concepts of Pathophysiologic Concepts : Diabetes Mellitus

Read Textbook: Chapters 17 , 18

Use Study Guide: Chapters 17, 18

Final Exam - to be monitored by ProctorU

Refer to RNSG 1311 email and announcements (Dates are subject to change in extenuating circumstances. Students will be notified of changes as soon as possible). It is recommended that you check the course announcements and your email daily for updates.

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

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 In accordance with the mission of Lamar State College - Port Arthur, this course encourages the student to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for success in the field of Professional Nursing.

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.

    •        No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom/lab.

    •        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.

    •        According to the Lamar State College policy unauthorized use of college computer account(s), computer data files, and/or computer facilities, is considered a breach of conduct, and is not in keeping with the educational aims, purposes, and philosophy of the college and subjects student(s) to disciplinary action.

    No cell phones should be visible during testing or while completing lab assignments.

    Additional classroom policies include:

    The following behaviors will result in the student being asked to cease the action, lose five (5) points on the next exam, and/or leave the classroom or labs: using cell phones, talking while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions/presentations; or displaying a rude or negative attitude/behavior to the instructor or other students.

Additional Information Last Day to Drop or Withdraw:

Last Day to Drop or Withdraw w/o Academic Penalty – September 09, 2015

Last Date to Drop or Withdraw Academic Penalty Possible - October 07, 2015

NOTE: Reading assignments are given as a guideline and are not all inclusive. Information covered in your VN Program, in course, on handouts, and in other resources used in instruction may be included on exams.

The instructors reserve the right to modify the course syllabus as needed during the course. Students will be notified of modifications as soon as possible.

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.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

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