BMS231 Biomedical Science for Nurses 1 (8)

This subject covers the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It also provides an introduction to pharmacokinetics.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the following courses: Bachelor of Nursing - Bathurst campus only Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching (Birth to 5 years)/Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) Bachelor of Health Science (Community and Public Health)

Assumed Knowledge
Incompatible Subjects

BMS121, BMS122, BMS221, BMS222

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of pharmacokinetics
  • describe the structural and functional organisation of the nervous system
  • demonstrate an understanding of membrane physiology as it relates to the nervous system
  • identify the cellular and gross structure of the central nervous system including meninges, cerebrospinal fluid and blood supply
  • discuss the organisation of the sensory, motor and integrative systems of the nervous system
  • describe the structure and function of selected special senses
  • describe the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system and relate this to homeostasis
  • demonstrate an understanding of neurological disorders in relation to structure and function
  • identify blood components and their functions
  • detail the structure and function of the heart
  • relate an electrocardiogram to electrical events in the heart and appreciate its uses
  • understand the cardiac cycle and appreciate the maintenance of cardiac output
  • discuss the structure and function of the vascular system and relate this to blood pressure
  • discuss the role of the lymphatic system and its contribution to immunity
  • discuss stress, shock and the maintenance of homeostasis
  • describe the structure and function of the respiratory system
  • describe the physiology of gaseous exchange
  • discuss the factors affecting respiration and the respiratory system
  • appreciate respirometry in relation to obstructive and restrictive lung disorders
  • define hypoxia
  • understand blood gas analysis and blood gas transportation
  • demonstrate an understanding of acidbase balance


This subject will cover the following topics:

Pharmacokinetics: * physical and chemical properties of drugs * absorption, distribution, bio-availability, metabolism and elimination of drugs Nervous System: * histology of nervous system * membrane potentials and impulse conduction * synaptic transmission * organisation of nervous system * structure of brain - lobes, ventricles, meninges, CSF, blood supply, CVA * spinal cord and brainstem - spinal and cranial nerves * reflexes * sensory and motor systems * spinal cord lesions - spinal shock, sensory and motor deficits * upper motor neuron vs. lower motor neuron lesions * integrative systems * special senses - vision, hearing and equilibrium * autonomic nervous system Cardiovascular System: * components and functions of blood * haemostasis * blood groups and blood types * anatomy and physiology of the heart * conduction system and ECG * cardiac cycle and cardiac output * anatomy of blood vessels * physiology of circulation * capillary exchange * control of blood pressure and blood flow * anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system * immunity * shock and homeostasis Respiratory System: * blood gases - transportation, analysis * hypoxia, oxygen therapy * anatomy and histology of respiratory system * physiology of gaseous exchange * respirometry (obstructive and restrictive disorders) * factors affecting respiration

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.The residential school will cover the practical component of the subject.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.