HLTSC102-23X (HAM)

Applied Health Science 1

30 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health


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: annis.huang@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai haere mai, a very warm welcome to your Applied Health Science I (HLTSC102).

Your teaching team are looking forward to working with you all. Our clinical and teaching background will guide you through the year alongside our Nursing lecturers, and Clinical Academics.

Poipoia te kākano, kia puāwai. Nurture the seed and it will blossom

This year we plan to take you on a tour of the human body to explore what makes you, you, and to better understand what the drivers are for health and disease.

When we explore particular topics, methods of content delivery may be subject to change in light of COVID-19 and the dynamic context. Notwithstanding, by the end of the year you will have developed science knowledge and skills with a range of focused therapeutic and evidence-based approaches that can be applied across the lifespan.

No reira, piki mai, kake mai ra. Welcome again

Tangata ako ana i te kaenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui. Reach out to us for help when you need.

Anatomical, physiological and psychosocial functioning form a foundation for human experiences of health and illness. An understanding of the human and physical sciences including structure, function, physiology, illness and disease development is essential in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the art and science of nursing. Registered Nurses are required to assess patients, identify health priorities using information from clinical observation, diagnostic tests and planned therapeutic interventions based on skilled client assessment with sound evidence based decision-making processes for which an understanding of pathophysiology and altered functioning is fundamental. This paper provides an introduction to 'normal' anatomy and physiology and will briefly explore pathophysiology and altered functioning and aligns with clinical nursing care.

The aim of this paper is to introduce the theory and skills required to understand and identify normal and pathological physiological processes and to evaluate alterations in cognitive, emotional and social processes, including the impact of findings which guide diagnostic reasoning and therapeutic interventions. Students will learn the essential concepts of physiological processes and altered health states, including the nature and causes of disease, illness, disability and long-term conditions. Clinical scenarios within each module will draw on contemporary research to correlate the anatomical pathology with major clinical symptoms and signs.

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How this paper will be taught

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During trimester one (University weeks 9-25), there will be 3 lecture hours each week (see below). These will generally introduce and cover a different system each week. Describing the 'normal' anatomy and physiology of the relevant system followed by a brief mention of how these processes may be altered to cause disease. All lectures will be recorded via Panopto and will be available on the Moodle page.

You are also expected to attend one tutorial each week. Each tutorial session will consist of revision of the weeks lecture topics (unassessed) and in-class group tasks. A further drop-in weekly tutorial will be available for those students who may need additional learning support. Learning materials for tutorials will be provided to you, or are available on Moodle.

In addition, we have a dissection lab scheduled outside of the normal timetable. Further information on time and location is available on Moodle. This lab is not compulsory, but is important to strengthen the concepts and learning from lectures and tutorials.

NOTE: Lab coats, safety glasses and closed in shoes will be required.

During trimester two (University weeks 29-47), there may be changes to the timetable to allow for clinical placement. These will be outlined and announced on Moodle.


There will be an online Moodle quiz every 2-4 weeks as timetabled below. These are each worth 3.75% each (collectively 30%). You should try to complete all of these as they enable both you and us to keep track of how you are progressing with the paper content.

Each Moodle quiz will consist of approximately 20 questions (multi-choice and/or short answer)

The written assessment component will include a short essay question assessment (30%)

There will also be an in class test at the end of each trimester to assess the content taught through the trimester. These are each worth 20% (collectively 40%)

Important note for international students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Required Readings

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The course text book for this course is Herlihy's The Human Body in Health and Illness 1st ANZ edition (2021). This book is available online via the library free of charge.
You are also welcome to use any other Anatomy and Physiology textbook that you may have.

Comprehensive course notes are available for each Trimester to minimize the amount of note taking in class (these will need to be purchased from Waikato print. A PDF Copy is also available on Moodle). This has key terms defined and underlined, and includes a list of learning objectives for each topic

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of infection, inflammation and abnormal changes to cell and organ structure and function in response to human ageing
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  • Describe behavioural changes associated with developing disease states
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  • Describe environmental, social, cultural, familial and biological influences on physiological and psychosocial; functioning
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  • Describe the aetiology and effects of disease on various organ systems, including signs and symptoms
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  • Describe the altered processes involved in mental distress and illness
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  • Describe the functions of human organ systems
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  • Describe the impact of alterations in human physiological systems and the compensatory mechanisms that occur in response to disease
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How you will be assessed

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes in the dates will be made in consultation with the class, at least one week prior to the original date.

Your overall paper grade will follow the standardised University grading scheme: A+ 90-100%, A 85-89%, A- 80-84%, B+ 75-79%, B 70-74%, B- 65-69%, C+ 60-64%, C 55-59%, C- 50-54%; D 40-49%, E 0-39%. A pass grade (C-) for this paper implies that a student has a minimal acceptable level of competency in the learning outcomes listed above.
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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Moodle Quizzes x 8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test 1
31 May 2023
12:00 AM
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Short Answer Essay Questions
8 Oct 2023
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test 2
22 Nov 2023
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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