Pathophysiology I


  2. A. Course Title: Pathophysiology I
    B. Course Number: NU 103 - 30403
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M 2:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Davis, Heather
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 211
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2809
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 4:30:00 PM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 4:00:00 PM-4:30:00 PM (MST);
    Instructor will respond to e-mails within 24-hrs Monday thru Friday noon and is also available by appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): C or better in BI 214A Anatomy and Physiology I
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH203

    This course focuses on the basic understanding of pathophysiology associated with professional health care practice for nursing students. Diseases and conditions of greatest incidence, prevalence, and importance are studied across the lifespan. Course content is presented using a conceptual learning model. The relationships between body systems, organs, tissues, cells, and the underlying concepts associated with human pathophysiology are discussed. Normal structure and function of the cells, pathophysiological mechanisms, and iatrogenic injury to the cells of specific body systems are examined. Risk factors and clinical findings of specific diseases are discussed. Cultural, ethnic, and racial variations of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of specific diseases are studied. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: BI214A Anatomy and Physiology I


    NU103 will transfer to most two and four year colleges for credit. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the NMJC Counseling Office. It is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student's responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.



    Story, L. (2018). Pathophysiology: A Practical Approach (Third ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett. * ISBN-13: 9781284120196


    Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 10th edition. (2017) Mosby/Elsevier. * ISBN: 9780323222051

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grades will be calculated by the following:

    60% = Unit Exams (4 unit exams worth 15% each)
    15% = Final Exam (100 questions)
    20% = Preparatory Quizzes (1 per unit, total of 4) and IN Class Assignments
    5% = Attendance


    Unit Exams & Comprehensive Final Exam

    Students are required to take the unit exams on Canvas during class time. No resources or electronic devices can be used during exams. A picture ID will be required for each exam. Students who fail to take an exam during the scheduled time will not be allowed to make that exam up.

    A comprehensive final exam will be administered in class during the date/time as stated in NMJCs final's schedule. NO EARLY administering of the final exam is permitted except in an emergency AND permission from the Dean must be granted. To keep disruptions to a minimum during testing, students are requested to be on time and remain in the testing area until their test has been submitted (e. g. no bathroom breaks). NO electronic devices are allowed. If found to have an electronic device during the exam, a zero will be given for the test score. No exceptions.

    Preparatory Quizzes/Class Assignments
    There will be four quizzes based on the assigned readings to determine student preparation for class. Each quiz will have multiple choice questions requiring you to comprehend and apply pathophysiological concepts. The quizzes will be given on Canvas using Respondus Lockdown. There are no make-up quizzes.

    During class there will be assignments that must be completed during the scheduled class time. You will be working in groups and will be required to present your group information to the class. There will be assignments for each learning chapter within a unit.

    Attendance for each class session is mandatory and role will be taken at the beginning and in the middle of each class. All absences, excused or unexcused, count as an absence in the attendance grade. Leaving any class before dismissed by the instructor will count as an absence and you will not receive credit for attendance that day. Missing more than 30 minutes of class time will count as an absence for that day, regardless of the reason. Your attendance is worth 5% of your grade.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    At the completion of this course it is anticipated the student will be able to:

    1. Develop a basic understanding of pathophysiology associated with professional health care practice related to the nursing concepts of self and community awareness, communication, critical thinking and problem solving.
    2. Identify relationships between body systems, organs, tissues, cells, and the underlying concepts associated with human pathophysiology.
    3. Identify diseases and conditions of greatest incidence, prevalence, and importance across the life span related to health and illness concepts.
    4. Recognize risk factors and clinical findings of diseases of greatest prevalence and incidence across the life span related to health and illness concepts.
    5. Identify the cultural, ethnic, and racial variations of human anatomy and physiology and the diseases of greatest prevalence and incidence in various systems and functions of the body.


    Unit One – Ch 1 & Ch 13
    Chapter 1: Cellular Function
    1. Describe basic cellular structures and function.
    2. Describe common cellular adaptations and possible reasons for the occurrence of each.
    3. List common causes of cell damage.
    4. Discuss cancerous cellular damage.
    5. Describe common genetic and congenital alterations.

    Chapter 13: Integumentary Function
    1. Discuss normal integumentary anatomy and physiology.
    2. Compare and contrast congenital integumentary disorders.
    3. Describe and discuss integumentary changes and conditions associated with aging.
    4. Compare and contrast inflammatory integumentary disorders.
    5. Compare and contrast infectious integumentary disorders.
    6. Describe and discuss traumatic integumentary disorders.
    7. Describe and discuss chronic integumentary disorders.
    8. Describe and discuss integumentary cancers.

    Unit Two – Ch 12 & Ch 14
    Chapter 12: Musculoskeletal Function
    1. Discuss normal musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology.
    2. Compare and contrast congenital musculoskeletal disorders.
    3. Compare and contrast traumatic musculoskeletal disorders.
    4. Compare and contrast metabolic bone disorders.
    5. Compare and contrast inflammatory joint disorders.
    6. Describe and discuss chronic muscle disorders.
    7. Describe and discuss bone cancers.

    Chapter 14: Sensory Function
    1. Discuss normal sensory anatomy and physiology.
    2. Compare and contrast congenital sensory disorders.
    3. Describe and discuss sensory conditions associated with aging.
    4. Compare and contrast infectious and inflammatory sensory disorders.
    5. Describe and discuss traumatic sensory disorders.
    6. Describe and discuss chronic sensory disorders.
    7. Describe and discuss sensory cancers.
    8. Describe and discuss miscellaneous sensory conditions.

    Unit Three
    Chapter 11: Neural Function
    1. Discuss normal neural anatomy and physiology.
    2. Describe and compare congenital neurologic disorders.
    3. Compare and contrast traumatic neurologic disorders.
    4. Compare and contrast infectious neurologic disorders.
    5. Describe and compare vascular neurologic disorders.
    6. Compare and contrast types of seizure disorders.
    7. Compare and contrast chronic degenerative neurologic disorders.
    8. Compare and contrast types of dementia.
    9. Describe and compare cancers of the nervous system.

    Unit Four
    Chapter 2: Immunity
    1. Describe the effect of stress on the body.
    2. Explain the role of the body’s normal defenses in preventing disease.
    3. Differentiate between innate and adaptive immunity.
    4. Discuss some examples of altered immune responses.
    5. Identify factors that enhance and impair the body’s defenses.

    Chapter 3: Hematopoietic Function
    1. Discuss normal hematopoietic function.
    2. Describe and compare diseases of the white blood cells.
    3. Describe and compare diseases of the red blood cells.
    4. Describe and compare diseases of the platelets.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.



    Flipped Classroom - instructional material/reading is posted on canvas and students are required to come to class prepared: do all reading assignments, view power point presentations, watch videos, etc., prior to class time. Students will participate in assignments, group work, and discussions related to content in class facilitated/guided by the instructor.

    Lecture - traditional presentation supplemented by power point, case studies, concept building exercises and other audio-visual materials; question/answer interaction with the students; instructor facilitated group work in class; three (3) hours per week.

    Attendance Policy: Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class using canvas. Please be in your seat and ready to begin class on time. It is important for you to be present for each class. If you are absent, you are still responsible for material covered in class and it will be your responsibility to get with a peer in the class and find out what you missed.

    Make-up policy: If the absence is college sponsored, BOTH the student and the college sponsor are required to notify the instructor prior to his/her absence. Prior arrangements are expected to be made and (when possible) the work completed before the absence.

    Behavior Policy: Disruptive behavior may result in the student being requested to leave the lecture or laboratory session for that day. Disruptive behavior will be documented and, if it continues, will be reported to the appropriate administrative personnel with sanctions requested using the guidelines set by NMJC policies and procedures. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to the following: coming to class late, leaving class early, eating in class, using cell phones/pagers, wearing ear buds, and/or conversing while the professor is instructing.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
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    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.



    OUT of Class Assignments


    Unit 1: Ch 1 Cellular Function & Ch 13 Integumentary System

    Read Chapter 1 (1 - 30) & Chapter 13 (415 - 438)

    Week 1

    Aug 19  

    Chapter 1 Video Lecture

    Chapter 13 Video Lecture

    Intro and Study Strategies



    Week 2

    Aug 26

    Cellular Function Focus – Activities

    Week 3

    Sept 2 

    Reading Quiz Due

    No Class – Labor Day

     Integumentary Focus – Activities

    Week 4

    Sept 9


    Unit 1 Exam (in class)



    Unit 2: Ch 12 & Ch 14

    Read Chapter 12 (377 - 413) & Chapter 14 (439 - 461)

    Week 5

    Sept 16

    Chapter 12 Video Lecture

    Chapter 14 Video Lecture


    Musculoskeletal Focus – Activities

    Week 6

    Sept 23   


    Musculoskeletal Focus – Activities

    Sensory Focus – Activities

    Week 7

    Sept 30 

    Reading Quiz Due

    Sensory Focus – Activities


    Week 8

    Oct 7


    Unit 2 Exam (in class)

    Unit 3: Ch 11

    Read Chapter 11 (325 - 375)

    Week 9

    Oct 14

    Chapter 11 Video Lecture


    Nervous Focus – Activities

    Week 10

    Oct 21 

    Reading Quiz Due

    Nervous Focus – Activities

    Week 11

    Oct 28 


    Nervous Focus – Activities

    Week 12

    Nov 4

    Unit 4

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    Unit 3 Exam (in class)

    Unit 4: Ch 2 & Ch 3

    Read Ch 2 (31- 50) & Ch 3 (51 - 69)

    Week 13

    Nov 11  


    Blood Focus – Activities


    Week 14

    Nov 18

    Reading Quiz Due

    Immune Focus – Activities

    Week 15

    Nov 25


    Unit 4 Exam (in class)

    Week 16

    Dec 2 

    Final: Review ALL Chapters


    Finals Week Dec 9 - 11

    Comprehensive Final Exam


    Wednesday 12/11: 4:00 – 5:45 PM

    (10% of your grade)