MATH 0017 Mathematics for Health Science (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 900088

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Description This unit is designed to prepare students for further study at university level in the areas of Health Science and, in particular, Nursing. Undergraduate study in Health Science places a particular emphasis on mathematical skills in the workplace and this unit provides a basis for developing those skills. The unit places equal emphasis on both theoretical and practical application of mathematical techniques as would apply in practice in the Health environment.

School Western Sydney The College

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYB 1384 - Mathematics for Nursing (WSTC)

Restrictions Only students enrolled at The College in Foundation Studies programs can enrol in this subject.

Assumed Knowledge

Year 10 Mathematics or equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Solve real life problems involving basic mathematical concepts.
  2. Construct appropriate graphs, charts and tables and interpret them.
  3. Identify different mathematical techniques to solve problems related to health care.
  4. Identify different terminology used in health care situations relevant to mathematical calculation.
  5. Solve mathematical problems in areas that are peculiar to health care, with and without technological assistance.
  6. Interpret and communicate mathematical ideas in a clear and effective manner, using appropriate units and notation.

Subject Content

Module 1: Basic Mathematics
1.Basic mathematical operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions.
2.Ratios and rates.
3.Percentages.
4.Metric system.
5.Graphs and data.
Module 2: Mathematical Calculations in Health Care
6.Oral Medication ? Dosage: tablets and mixtures.
7.IV Fluid Management ? rate of flow, drop factor, burettes, pumps.
8.Injections ? types, mixing solutions, calculating dosage.
9.Paediatrics ? determine body surface area, dosage by body weight, verifying safe dosages by comparison with recommendations.
10.Volumes/Rates ? calculating complex volumes using the metric system, oral, parenteral and intravenous medications.
Module 1: Basic Mathematics
1.Basic mathematical operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions.
2.Ratios and rates.
3.Percentages.
4.Metric system.
5.Graphs and data.
Module 2: Mathematical Calculations in Health Care
6.Oral Medication ? Dosage: tablets and mixtures.
7.IV Fluid Management ? rate of flow, drop factor, burettes, pumps.
8.Injections ? types, mixing solutions, calculating dosage.
9.Paediatrics ? determine body surface area, dosage by body weight, verifying safe dosages by comparison with recommendations.
10.Volumes/Rates ? calculating complex volumes using the metric system, oral, parenteral and intravenous medications.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Intra-session Exam 1 1 hour 10 N Individual
Intra-session Exam 2 1 hour 25 N Individual
Case Study 30 mins 25 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Hext, V., Mayner, L., 2003, Practical Nursing Calculations , Allen and Unwin

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Michael CASEY Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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