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Bio 203 - Pathophysiology

CAP III - Spring 2000

Dr. Nancy Tress

Textbook: Pathophysiology With Practical Applications. (Chowdry)

Assigned readings from Scientific American.

Class: Monday, 6-9 p.m.

Goals & Objectives:

This course studies the pathophysiology of diseases of a variety of systems. In this course you will be studying the pathophysiology of disease at its molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and system level. To study the pathophysiology of any disease, you first must have an understanding of the normal physiology of the organ/system under study. Therefore, it will be assumed that the students in this course have reviewed the pertinent anatomy and physiology prior to the class. A short and condensed review of the anatomy and physiology will be provided prior to the beginning of each new system of study. In this course, we will investigate the causes, complications and treatments of a variety of diseases. The emphasis in this course will be on the mechanism of disease but, throughout the semester, we will attempt to bridge the gap between pathophysiology and clinical application of the pathophysiology as well as investigate some of the new treatments and research efforts. The specific goals for this course will be as follows:

    1. The student will become familiar with the normal physiology and pathophysiology of a number of diseases.
    2. The student will become familiar with some of the current literature concerning new research and treatments.
    3. The student will begin to relate the pathophysiological theory to their clinical situations.
    4. The students will become familiar with the basic terminology necessary for this course.
    5. The student will choose a patient they are currently treating and write a paper detailing the pathophysiology of that patientís disease


Student Evaluation: Two 200 point lecture examinations.

75 points for pathophysiology paper

50 points for class assignment

75 points for student presentation

Testing format: The questions for the lecture exams will be taken from the lecture notes, information from the textbook and from any readings that may be specifically assigned. The lecture exams will consist of short answer essay questions and will be a take-home format.

Grading: The maximum total that can be earned is 600 points. The total points earned by each student will be converted to a percentage and the final letter grade will be assigned according to the scale given below.

A+ 97-100 A 94-96 A- 90-93

B+ 87-89 B 84-86 B- 80-83

C+ 77-79 C 74-76 C- 70-73

D+ 67-69 D 64-66 D- 60-63

Attendance: Attendance in class is mandatory. If 1 class is missed, no credit will be received for the course. No make-up exams will be given . NO late assignments or Exams will be accepted for any reason!!


Topics for Pathophysiology Paper:

This assignment is a paper detailing the pathophysiology of a particular disease. There is no minimum or maximum length. The paper should be referenced and of college quality writing. The topic of the paper will be determined by the student with the permission of the instructor. Students will present the pathophysiology, clinical consequences, treatment options and new research and treatments for a patient of their choosing. This assignment is worth 75 points and is due no later than 2-21-00.

Class Assignment:

The class assignment is a journal relating topics in class with patients you are currently treating or have treated in the past. The journal must have at least two entries per week. This assignment will be worth a total of 50 points and will be due on 2-28-00.

Tentative Schedule:

Date Lecture Material Unit Exam/Assignment

1-10 Fluid & Electrolytes 1

1-17 Endocrine 7

1-24 Nervous 9

1-31 Blood Disorders 4

2-7 Immune 6 Midterm Exam Due

2-14 Cardiovascular 5 Student Presentations

2-21 Respiratory 2 Student Presentations

Paper Due

2-28 Genitourinary 3 Journal Due


3-1-00 Final Exam Due

(724) 643-1532 H

(412) 777-6206 W

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