BIO 215: Pathophysiology

Course Description

This course will focus on a basic study of the functioning of human body organ systems, their disorders, and diseases. This includes symptoms, causes, diagnosis, diagnostic tests, treatment and management, and invasive and non-invasive surgical techniques. Other topics include pharmacology and commonly used drugs, the genetic basis of diseases and disorders, and the use of gene therapy in curing them. The role of nutrition as a cause and treatment of diseases is also highlighted. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Describe appropriate medical terminology and discuss pathophysiological concepts.
  2. Analyze the association between normal human physiology and pathophysiological alterations.
  3. Describe mechanisms, in which normal physiological functions are altered in disease states.
  4. Describe the etiology, risk factors, population at risk, clinical and diagnostic manifestations, treatment modalities and prognosis of selected diseases.
  5. Evaluate current research findings with the knowledge base of selected acute and chronic diseases.
  6. Compare and contrast a case study format to describe most common diseases.
  7. Identify common drugs used for treatment of common diseases for each body system.
  8. Research brand names/generic names, uses and side effects of common drugs.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussion / Case Studies (Weeks 1-8)

15%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)

35%

Short Papers (Weeks 2, 4 & 6)

20%

Pharmacology Project (Week 7)

10%

Final Exam (Week 8)

 20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore)

  • Story, Lachel. (2022). Pathophysiology: A Practical Approach - with Access Code. 4th ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC. ISBN-10: 1-284-20543-6 or ISBN-13: 978-1-284-20543-5

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-8

Topic: Cellular Function and Genetics

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 1 (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)

2

1-8

Topic: Hemopoietic System and Body Defenses

  • Reading:
    • Chapters 2 and 3
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 2 (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Complete Week 2 Short Paper (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)

3

1-8

Topic: Cardiovascular System

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 3 (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)

4

1-8

Topic: Respiratory and Urinary Systems

  • Reading:
    • Chapters 5 and 7
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 4 (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Complete Week 4 Short Paper (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)

5

1-8

Topic: Nervous System and Sensory Function

  • Reading:
    • Chapters 11 and 14
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 5 (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)

6

1-8

Topic: Musculoskeletal and Gastrointestinal Systems

  • Reading:
    • Chapters 9 and 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 6 (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Complete Week 6 Short Paper (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)

7

1-8

Topic: Endocrine Function and Reproduction

  • Reading:
    • Chapters 8 and 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 7 (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Complete Pharmacology Project (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)

8

1-8

Topic: Integument System

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 13
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Final Exam (Due by Sunday 11:59 pm ET)

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