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NPCG1029 Applied Health Science for Nursing Practice

Module Overview

In this module you will build upon your learning in the preceding 'Foundations of Health Sciences for Nursing Practice'. You will develop understanding and insight into key pathophysiological processes encountered in common diseases conditions. This will include relevant aspects of ageing. In addition you will be introduced to fundamental and applied aspects of pharmacology, microbiology, genomics and medicines management relevant to nursing practice. A key feature of the module is an investigation of pain mechanisms and pain theory where the complexities and multifactorial nature of painful experiences will be addressed.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

For you to develop your knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological processes, microbiology, pharmacological principles, genomics and relate this to nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe pathophysiological processes that are relevant to commonly encountered health conditions, pain and ageing.
  • Identify relevant aspects of microbiology and theories of infection prevention related to healthcare practice.
  • Articulate an understanding of genomics in healthcare and the implications for nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of pharmacology, sources of information and the principles that support medicines management.


The content of this module will include exploration of key pathophysiological processes related to commonly encountered conditions. The modular content will also introduce you to the basic principles of pharmacology, genomics and microbiology relevant to nursing practice. Pathophysiology: e.g. cardiorespiratory and nervous system pathologies, aspects of ageing and pain theory Microbiology: Introduction to viruses, bacteria, prions and theories of infection prevention Genomics: e.g. definitions, basic theory and the role of genomics Pharmacology: e.g. pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, common analgesics and local anaesthetics, antibiotics, introduction to pharmacogenomics Medicines Management: Key principles (defining medicines; scale of medicines use; routes of administration, concepts of adherence)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will use a blended-learning approach, with a range of teaching and learning activities. You will be directed to attend lead lectures or seminars which are identified as essential to underpin your knowledge and future practice. You should also continue to develop the skills and initiative necessary to manage your own independent learning as part of your professional responsibility.

Blended Learning151.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Gormley Fleming E and Peate I (2019). Fundamentals of Children's applied Anatomy and Physiology: an essential guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students.. 

LWW Health Library Online (Access via University Library).

Barber P (2015). Essentials of pharmacology for nurses. 

Healy D (2016). Psychiatric drugs explained. 

Human Anatomy & Physiology. 

Education and training resources.

Porth C (2014). Essentials of Pathophysiology: concepts of altered states.. 


Assessment Strategy

Examination (Short answer paper)


Formative Assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
Short answer paper 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

NPCG1025Foundations of Health Sciences for Nursing Practice


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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