Pathophysiologic Processes

Course Details

Course Number
NURS 3203-x20
Fall 2011
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Wednesday, 4:00 pm

Dr. Betty Carlson Bowles PhD, MSN, RNC, IBCLC (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the etiology, pathogenesis, and possible outcomes of selected pathophysiologic processes.
  2. Describe relationships between identified risk factors and the development of pathophysiologic processes.
  3. Describe specific compensatory mechanisms used by the human body in response to pathophysiologic processes.
  4.  Identify the diagnostic tests used to detect and differentiate selected pathophysiologic processes.

Course Expectations

Required Textbooks:


Gould, Barbara E. (2002).  Pathophysiology for the Health Professions (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders. 


Recommended Reference Material:A medical dictionary. 

Reading Guides:  There are Reading Guides for each chapter.  This will assist you in preparation for the on-line chapter quizzes.


Chapter Quizzes:  There will be an on-line quiz over each chapter.  It is expected that students will use available resources for these quizzes. Work slowly and carefully on the on-line quizzes.  Do not progress to the next question until you are sure you have saved the previous answer.  Unsaved questions are counted as wrongThe on-line quizzes will count 20% of the grade.   Quizzes will close each week on Mondays at 11:55 pm.  Please budget your time and work ahead to allow for emergencies because online quizzes may NOT be made up for any reason.  See the course calendar for a schedule of readings and quizzes. 


Exams: Students are required to come to campus for exams.  These exams each count 20% of the course grade.  Students may NOT use learning resources or study guides during these exams. Anyone arriving late for a test, will NOT be granted additional time to complete the test because collaborative testing will begin one hour after the beginning of the exam.  Note:  The average on the 4 on-campus exam scores must be 74% or above in order to pass the course.


Collaborative Testing:  After each exam, students will collaboratively re-take the exam in groups.  Any group scoring greater than 90% as a group will get 3 points added to each individual grade and any group scoring 80-89% will get 2 points added to each grade.  Besides having the opportunity to raise your grade, you will also get experience in group process by reviewing the exam together and receive immediate feedback on the test questions. Collaborative testing will only be done at regularly scheduled test times (not for make-up exams).  


Missed exam(s):Students are expected to take exams on the day they are scheduled.  If you cannot take the exam on the scheduled day, please notify course instructor beforethe scheduled exam to arrange an exam make-up.  Make-up exams will be administered during the scheduled final exam period on December 7, 2011 from 8-10 PM.


Crossword Puzzles:  There is a crossword puzzle for each chapter.  These are optional, but highly recommended for drill in terminology and definitions. These terms will appear on quizzes and tests.


Medical Terminology:  You will be given several prefixes and/or suffixes and their meanings each week.  These will be included on each exam.


Communication / Discussion Board/ E-mail / Announcements:  Use of the Discussion Board is encouraged.  If you need help finding answers on study guides ask your classmates to help you.  Please do NOT use the Discussion Board for personal communications or discussions not related to this course.  All announcements regarding the course or tests will be done on the Announcements on WebCT, so you are encouraged to check these frequently.


Questions about tests or grades should be directed to the instructor via Web CT e-mail.  Some of your e-mails may be answered via Discussion Board if the answer pertains to everyone.  Please use the WebCT e-mail rather than the phone to contact me for three reasons:  1) I have a hearing impairment that makes telephone communication difficult; 2) with WebCT e-mail I have a record of all communications; and 3) I can retrieve and answer the e-mails from off campus if I am out of the office.


If you want to communicate with one class member please use the e-mail rather than the Discussion Board.  Responses on the Discussion Board intended for one or only a few class members should use the “reply privately”option so everyone else doesn’t have to read these conversations.  For example, if you request help in finding an answer, and you want to thank a classmate for a response, please “reply privately” so the whole class doesn’t have to open and read those non-significant communications.  The entire class will appreciate your consideration in this matter.


Technical issues should be discussed with Crystal Boyle in Extended Education at  These issues should NOT be posted on the discussion board.



Grading Standards

Grade Determination:

               Chapter Online Quizzes                             20%                                                                                                      

               Exam 1                                                          20%                             

               Exam 2                                                          20%                           

               Exam 3                                                          20%

               Exam 4                                                          20%

               Total                                                           100%


Note:  The average on the 4 on-campus exam scores must be 74% or above in order to pass the course.  The online chapter quizzes will NOT factor in to this 74% average.

Grading Scale:


               90-100                                A

               80-89                                   B

               74-79                                   C

               60-73                                   D

               <60                                      F


(Note: nursing students must achieve a grade of C or better in order to progress in the nursing program.) 

Submission Format Policy

See course requirements

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

See course requirements.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy: This is a Web-based course.  Students are expected to come to campus for orientation on the first scheduled class day, and for exams. (See attached schedule.)  Students will complete lessons on Web CT and take weekly on-line quizzes over each chapter.  There is a week-by-week “schedule” recommended for keeping up with the assignments in preparation for scheduled on-campus exams. 


For additional information, please review attendance policy in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar. 

Other Policies

Netiquette - Please refer to a resource regarding online “netiquette.”  Two that I recommend are at http://www.onlinenetiquette.comor


MSU Student Honor Creed:  “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”  See the Student Honor Creed on page 3 of the MSU Student Handbook.  Also see the Code of Student Conduct on page 70 regarding Academic Dishonesty.  It addresses cheating, collusion, and plageriarism.


Plagiarism:  By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, and educational purposes.

Americans with Disabilities Act: MidwesternState Universitydoes not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities. MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic/employment requirements.  For assistance, call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515.  It is the student's responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required. Please see the instructor outside of class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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