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Pamela H Mitchell
NMETH 584
Seattle Campus

Methods: Physiologic Measures

Exploration of the measurement of physiologic functioning in human and animal models. Examples include biochemical and biophysical measure. Students develop beginning skills with one physiologic measure. Prerequisite: physiology and chemistry and permission of instructor.

Class description

This course is designed for doctoral students in nursing science but will likely be of interest to those in other fields such as psychology or health services research using biophysical measurement. The overall objective of this course is to identify the issues involved in the measurement of physiologic functioning. This will be done by: 1) describing measurement theory as it applies to physiologic measurement, 2) defining the characteristics of measurement (e.g. accuracy, precision, sensitivity), 3) identifying issues of quality control/assurance, 4) illustrating concepts using examples of biochemical (for example hormones) and biophysical (myoelectic and neuroelectric monitoring), genomic and proteomic measures, 5) discussing the relative merit of different measurement strategies, 6) describing pragmatic and human subject concerns and 7) developing beginning skills with one physiologic measure.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a 4 credit course with 3 hours of lecture-discussion and 2 hour of laboratory time weekly.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Pamela H Mitchell
Date: 02/23/2014