Courses & Units

Context of Diabetes Mellitus CNA603


This unit is only available to registered nurses.


Nurses in all sectors of health care will increasingly need to be proficient in taking care of people who develop Diabetes Mellitus, live with Diabetes Mellitus or present with an acute or chronic complication of Diabetes Mellitus. The unit examines the pathogenesis and determinants of health that contribute to the contemporary worldwide increased incidence of Diabetes Mellitus. The outcome of this unit is for nurses to demonstrate an understanding of how the context of Diabetes Mellitus is pertinent to their nursing practice.


Unit name Context of Diabetes Mellitus
Unit code CNA603
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mrs Janine Wright
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the pathogenesis and the classifications of the disorders known as Diabetes Mellitus
  • Critically discuss how the health of individuals and populations are influenced by a complex intersection of cultural, political, geographical, socio-economic and individual environmental factors
  • Critique nursing practice; non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus
  • Apply Australian clinical guidelines and models of care utilising respectful and culturally sensitive language to improve the health outcomes for patient(s) at risk or living with Diabetes Mellitus.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,746.00

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Teaching Pattern

Individual Study – This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.

AssessmentCase Study (50%)|Online Discussion and Summary Paper (50%)
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