Courses & Units

Foundations of Renal Nursing CNA562



This unit uses group work and late enrolment might affect your ability to participate actively.


This theoretical subject addresses the pathogenesis of renal disease and the nursing assessment and management of patients with acute, chronic and end stage renal disease. It includes pathophysiology, pharmacy and nutrition, biochemical pathology and complications arising in the management of renal failure.


Unit name Foundations of Renal Nursing
Unit code CNA562
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences
Teaching staff

Kirsten Black

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

About Census Dates

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,360.00 060399

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern



Essay (2500 words) 50%, online activities (1500 words) 50%

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Required To be advised by Unit Coordinator

Thomas, N (ed.) 2014, Renal Nursing, 4th edn., John Wiley

Field, MJ, Pollock, CA & Harris, DC 2010, The Renal System, 2nd edn., Churchill Livingstone, Sydney

or Alternative textMolzahn, AE & Butera, E (eds) 2006, ANNA

Contemporary Nephrology Nursing: Principles and Practice

(2nd edn.),

Janetti Inc., New Jersey.
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