Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HIM 131
Course Title:
Medical Science
Credit Hours:
5
Lecture Hours:
50
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Explores concepts of disease processes as they relate to the normal physiology of the major body systems. Prerequisites: (HIM 128 and HIM 129) or (BI 121 and BI 122) or (BI 231, BI 232 and BI 233). Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Classify diseases according to etiology or type of diseases and indicate the primary system or organ affected, distinguishing between primary disease manifestations, complications and sequelae. 
  2. Describe the etiology, signs, symptoms, pathogenesis, anatomical and physiological changes, diagnosis and treatment of selected diseases, using correct medical terminology. 
  3. Use principles of physiology to explain how underlying pathological changes give rise to the clinical manifestations of selected diseases at both the cellular and systemic level. 
  4. Recognize groups of physical signs and symptoms and/or diagnostic findings that are associated with particular disease states. 
  5. Manipulate, present and/or interpret data, distinguishing between observations and interpretations, and draw conclusions or critique conclusions drawn from clinical observations. 
  6. Discuss general methods of prevention and public health issues associated with infectious disease. 
  7. Identify ethical and societal issues arising from the cause, nature, or treatment of particular diseases. 
  8. Analyze, interpret and synthesize information in medical records, case reports or current medical literature. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by these tasks conducted individually and in cooperation with other students.
 

  1. Answer theoretical and application multiple choice questions on information covered in the lecture and reading assignments.
  2. Complete a variety of work assignments to demonstrate understanding of basic concepts.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Understanding the terms used to classify and describe diseases.
  2. Identify methods of diagnosis and modalities of treatment in the most common diseases associated with the following body systems:
  • Hematologic
  • Nervous
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiovascular
  • Digestive
  • Respiratory
  • Urinary
  • Reproductive
  • Immune
  • Endocrine