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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.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


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)
Incompatible subject(s)
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 acid-base balance


The 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 compulsory 2 day residential school. The residential school will cover the practical component of the subject.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 16 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.