Single Subject in Applied Pathophysiology

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Nursing Practice Award Single Subject


Applied Pathophysiology

Subject Code


Partner Faculty

MDHS / Melbourne School of Health Sciences


Knowledge of the pathologic basis for disease is fundamental to nursing assessment and diagnosis. In specialty practice this knowledge underpins the implementation of nursing interventions and care planning.

Applied Pathophysiology is a core subject in suite of specialist nursing programs offered by the University of Melbourne. It is also available as a single subject option.

Course Description

Applied Pathophysiology is a 12.5 point subject with an expected time commitment of 170 hours of study.

The subject provides a foundation for understanding the pathologic basis of disease across the lifespan.

It equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to explain assessment data and prioritise patient care in a specialty area of practice based on scientific principles.

Core pathophysiological concepts covered include: cellular responses to stress; adaptation, injury and death; acute and chronic inflammation; tissue renewal and repair; infection; neoplasia; haemodynamic, genetic and immune system disorders and genetic predisposition to disease.

Using a case study based approach, learners are provided with opportunities to apply their knowledge in one or more of the following specialty areas of nursing practice.

  • Paediatrics
  • Paediatric Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Care
  • Rural Critical Care
  • Cancer and Palliative Care

Delivery Mode

The subject is delivered fully online.

Applicants must ensure that the computer and device they use to access course materials and undertake assessment on-line are suitable.
Check the system requirements and perform a system test.

It is common for students to access course information from a range of computers and devices, and they must all be checked to ensure that they allow full functionality. In particular, hospital computer systems may have firewalls in place that do not allow full access and you should alert your IT administrator to these requirements well in advance of needing access using work based computers.

Who Should Apply

This course is suitable for Registered Nurses who are seeking to improve their knowledge of pathophysiology as applied to a chosen area of specialty nursing practice including emergency and critical care areas, paediatrics and cancer and palliative care.

Enrolling in Applied Pathophysiology as a single subject provides registered nurses with the opportunity to:

  • Undertake a unit of study in preparation for entering specialty practice.
  • Update existing knowledge of applied pathophysiology relevant to a specialty area of nursing practice


The subject is rigorously assessed. Further details of assessment are contained in a subject guide which is provided to enrolled students.

Please note - This subject is only offered as an assessed subject.

Applied Pathophysiology 12.5 points:

Type of Assessment
(Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

4 online MCQ quizzes
(30 mins each)

Week 2 - Week 7
(every 2 weeks)


Written assignment (2000 words)

Week 5


2 online MCQ quizzes
(15 minutes each)

Week 1 & Week 8

Hurdle Requirement

Additional Requirements

Student must achieve 50% or greater in all quizzes and the written assignment and sum of both assessments must be 50% or greater to pass the subject.

Note: Specific details regarding assessment tasks are provided on the LMS at the beginning of week 1.

Pathways to Further Study

Applied Pathophysiology is a pre-requisite subject for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice. Students that successfully complete this subject and associated assessment may be eligible for credit into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice.

Credit into the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice is dependent on:

  • Meeting the course entry requirements
  • Subject equivalence at the time credit is sought

Students that successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice may apply for entry into the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.

Students may also be interested in:

Master of Advanced Nursing Practice

Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

Master of Advanced Nursing (for International Students)

Additional Information

Dorothy Jean Ineke Nursing Scholarship

Two scholarships/awards of $7,500 each will be awarded to the two top performing students in the subject Applied Pathophysiology who are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice 2018 and not in receipt of a Commonwealth Supported Place.
The scholarships will be awarded in April 2018.

Recruitment and Application Process Map
Pathways from Specialist to Advanced Nursing
Frequently Asked Questions

Save the Date: Wednesday 6 December 2017
Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm
Medical Building, Level 3, Room 312, ESJ King Theatre

Academic and Teaching Team

The academic team is led by Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz (the University of Melbourne). This subject is taught by Nicholas Bridge, Teaching Specialist.

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent training)
  • Meet the University of Melbourne's English language requirements

Course Fees

Student Type

Single Subject Fee 2017

Local Students


International Students


Fees are subject to an annual increase.

Fee Inclusions

Fees include tuition and access to the on-line learning environment.

Fees do not include the prescribed text for the course

As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.


FEE-Help is not available for single subject study.

Key Dates

Semester Study Periods


Delivery Semester

Start Date

End Date

Applied Pathophysiology

Summer Term



Applied Pathophysiology Semester 2 24/07/2017 15/09/2017

Related Courses and Subjects

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care)
Graduate Certificate in  Nursing Practice (Critical Care)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Emergency)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatrics)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatric Intensive Care)
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Rural Critical Care)

Contact Us

Program Co-ordinator: Elizabeth Soares
Phone: (03) 9035 9608