MNSC812 – Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Professional Practice

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Module title
Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Professional Practice
To demonstrate and apply principles involved in bioscience, pathophysiology, pharmacology and comprehensive assessment of hauora. Through a process of critical enquiry and clinical reasoning, students will identify the actual and potential health needs of health consumers in the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • HS1903
NZQA Level
Level 8
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
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Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Articulate and apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to complete a comprehensive assessment of hauora.
2. Competently apply and demonstrate physical and mental health assessment techniques and skills using a systematic and reasoned approach.
3. Critically analyse comprehensive assessment data and diagnostic test results.
4. Articulate and apply an in-depth knowledge of pharmacological concepts and their application in pharmacological treatment.
5. Exhibit reflexive awareness in addressing situational, political, cultural and other considerations for knowledge transfer in specific practice contexts.
- In-depth anatomy and physiology
- Pathophysiological principles
- Pathophysiology of cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurological/mental health conditions
- Microbiology
- Epidemiology
- Interpretation and analysis of assessment findings, diagnostic tests and laboratory results
- Critique of contemporary rangahau or research as evidence base for best practice
- Health assessment frameworks and Maori models of hauora
- Comprehensive health assessment including cultural, psychosocial and spiritual influences on health consumers’ experience of health, illness and physical and mental health assessment
- Professional assessment documentation
- Concepts of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
- Drug interactions and contraindications
- Maaori hauora practices and complimentary medicines

Hauora is a Maaori concept of well-being, which encompasses the physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of health, and is recognised by the World Health Organisation.
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes and gain 50% in the Evidence Portfolio and pass the Clinical Competence Assessment to pass this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at the commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.

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