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Sandra Adams Motzer
NURS 502
Seattle Campus

Human Responses in Health and Illness I

Survey of selected human responses to environmental demands in health and illness as expressed at physiologic, pathophysiologic, experiential, and behavioral levels. Such concepts as host defenses, ventilation, circulation, elimination, and nutrition are discussed. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Class description

This course is designed to enhance understanding of altered tissue and disordered system physiology. It is not a substitute for basic physiology, pathology, or biochemistry. Rather the intention of the course is to provide an overview of current thinking regarding pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and management of selected disease states and common pathophysiological responses during illness. The course emphasis is on understanding links between disordered physiology and clinical manifestations as rationale/basis for medical and nursing therapy. There will be no examinations. Thus, the focus will not be on learning particular facts, but on providing opportunities for you to think about and apply material covered in the readings, in class, and in prior and current courses to clinical cases.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class sections will be lecture/discussion sessions, including small group break-out sessions and case studies. Class participation is required.

Recommended preparation

Read to become sufficiently versed in each topic to participate in class discussion. Follow the directions for the paper.

Class assignments and grading

Participation, and a paper on a topic of your choice. There are 4 parts to that paper. The first 2 parts ar due separately as a brief paper. ALl four parts comprise the final paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sandra Adams Motzer
Date: 08/25/2004