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NUR2101 Chronic Care Across the Lifespan A

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Chronic Care Across Lifespan A
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 060301 - General Nursing
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 11 April 2021


Examiner: Barbara Black


Pre-requisite: NUR1299


Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability, and death in Australia. The prevalence of chronic health conditions are increasing along with an ageing demographic; however, chronic conditions are not necessarily age associated and can begin any time in life. The longevity and absence of cure for most chronic conditions necessitates a need for long-term management by individuals living with the chronic illness in collaboration with nurses and other members of the health team. Nurses require specific knowledge and clinical reasoning skills in order to provide evidence-based care and patient education related to the management of chronic illness exacerbations in care requirements.


In this course students will be introduced to the theoretical physiological and human caring approaches to managing individuals with a chronic health condition. Students will examine a selection chronic conditions across the lifespan and will develop the critical skills required to effectively assess, intervene, and manage exacerbations of conditions and support individuals with self-management strategies. Theoretical knowledge, which supports the independent and collaborative responsibilities of Registered Nurses using pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, will be discussed.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of chronic illness across the lifespan and the wider impact on the individual, family, community including the needs of culturally diverse, disadvantaged, and vulnerable groups with chronic conditions;
  2. Identify and examine the pathophysiological and pharmacological aspects of chronic disease management in alignment with the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Diseases;
  3. Examine the psychosocial impacts of individual adjustment in living with a chronic disease;
  4. Explore strategies and the role of the nurse in addressing the social determinants, physical environmental, non-modifiable, and modifiable risk factors indicated in the development of chronic conditions;
  5. Identify collaborative models for care and health promotion and education strategies in alignment with the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Diseases.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Underpinning theoretical physiological and human caring aspects of chronic disease management across the lifespan. 30.00
2. Psychosocial effects of chronic illness on the individual, the family and the community; diverse and vulnerable groups. 20.00
3. Understanding chronic care contexts and chronic disease self-management models of care. 10.00
4. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic management of modifiable, non-modifiable risk factors and the biopsychosocial effects of chronic disease states on individuals and families and communities. 25.00
5. The education role of the nurse in collaborative patient and family centred care for chronic disease improvement across the lifespan. 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Chang, E. & Johnson, A (2018), Living with chronic illness and disability, 3rd edn, Elsevier.
LeMone, P., Bauldoff, G., Gubrud, P., Carno, M., Levett-Jones, T., Dwyer, T., Moxham, L., Reid-Searl, K., Berry, K., Carville, K., Hales, M., Knox, N., Stanley, D (2020), LeMone and Burke's medical-surgical nursing: Critical thinking for person-centred care, 4th edn, Pearson.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Department of Health. (2017). National strategic framework for chronic conditions. Australian Government.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 81.00
Online Lectures 13.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Written Assignment 70 50 27 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4,5
Online Activity 10 10 31 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5
Open Examination - Online 100 40 End S1 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Engagement in online discussion forums forms part of the directed study component of this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the examination students must achieve at least 40% of the marks available. To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle).

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
3. forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

Date printed 11 April 2021