Professional course

Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advancing Practice

20 credit Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZWRWX20M
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside
Course director:
Stuart Pinson

Page last updated 1 September 2016

Introduction

On successful completion of this Masters level module you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the aetiological factors and relevant risk factors which contribute to processes of disease.
  • Critically evaluate current theories relating to a series of pathophysiological states.
  • Construct a rationale for diagnostic reasoning, using knowledge of the pathophysiological basis of the signs and symptoms associated with a range of disease processes.
  • Obtain, interpret and synthesise information from a range of sources and use it to generate a critical understanding of the specific disease and pathophysiological processes.
  • Use clinical argument to enhance critical evaluation of diagnostic findings, including clinical haematology, radiology, immunology, microbiology and biochemistry.
  • Debate personal and organisational accountability related to the process of diagnostic reasoning.
  • Critically apprise ethical and legal issues which impact on diagnostic reasoning and the inter-professional team.

Entry requirements

Registered professional in a position of Advanced Practice or aspiring to such a position.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute to the following:

  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Specialist Practice
  • MSc Professional Development
  • Postgraduate Certificate Specialist Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma Professional Development
  • Graduate Diploma Professional Development

Structure

Content

An introduction to the mechanisms of disease and general pathophysiological processes related to clinical examples:

  •  cell biology
  • cell growth and its disorders including neoplasia
  • inflammationincluding atheroma
  • infection
  • Immunology / immunopathology
  • Thrombosis / Thrombolysis
  • shock
  • genetic contribution to disease

Essential principles of biochemical, haematological, microbiological, radiological and immunological testing including sensitivity and specificity.

Principles of interpretation of diagnostic tests and referral systems
Range of diagnostic investigations and relevance to practice

Autonomous decision making

  • Use of tools for effective diagnostic reasoning
  • Use of frameworks for diagnostic reasoning
  • Risk assessment
  • Working with and developing new protocols
  • Requesting and interpreting radiographs

Resource management

  • Context of Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Evidence based practice
  • Clinical Governance Protocol development
  • Law and ethics
  • Informed consent Legal frameworks

Learning and Teaching

A variety of approaches will be used which may include:

  • E-learning including Blackboard,
  • Lectures,
  • Seminars,
  • Experts from practice,
  • Analysis of case studies.

Study time

48 contact hours. These will take the form of lectures, group activities, case study, and on-line activities.

Assessment

Multiple Choice Question examination to demonstrate depth of knowledge across a wide range of pathophysiological principles that underpin diagnostic reasoning.

Poster presentation with an oral defence demonstrating depth of knowledge and critical appraisal of the clinical application of pathophysiology and diagnostic reasoning.

The poster enables you to produce a piece of work that you can take with you and will be beneficial for practice.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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