THE OPEN UNIVERSITY OF SRI LANKA FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING PROGRAMME GUIDE FOR STUDENTS 2010/2011 Department of Health Sciences Faculty of Natural Sciences The Open University of Sri Lanka P.O.Box 21, Nugegoda PHONE TEL/FAX 94 1 2853777 ext 325, 355 94 1 2823921

Contents Dean s Message -------------------------------- - 5 Head s Message -------------------------------- - 6 GENERAL INFORMATIONS The University-------------------------------- --- 7 The Faculty of Natural Sciences--------------- 9 The Study System ------------------------------- 10 Printed Material ------------------------ 10 Day Schools----------------------------- 10 Library Facilities ----------------------- 10 Assessments and Examinations------- 11 Regional Services ---------------------- 11 Introduction -------------------------------- ------ 12 Philosophy ------------------------------ 13 Mission Statement---------------------- 15 Objectives ------------------------------- 15 Admission Requirements----------------------- 18 Duty Leave-------------------------------- ------- 19

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Registration -------------------------------- ------ 19 Orientation and Personal Counselling Registration for Nursing Students Medium of Instruction-------------------------- 21 Course Fees -------------------------------- ------ 22 Exemptions -------------------------------- ------ 23 Courses -------------------------------- ----------- 24 Course Descriptions----------------------------- 26 Continuing Education and Stand-Alone Courses -------------------------------- ----------- 30 Duration of Academic Year-------------------- 30 Venues of Face to Face Classes --------------- 30 Evaluation-------------------------------- -------- 30 Eligibility-------------------------------- --------- 31 Repeat Students -------------------------------- - 31 Re-sit Candidates-------------------------------- 31 Postponing Sitting the Final Examination---- 32 Overall Mark and Grade------------------------ 33 Award of the Degree---------------------------- 33 Department of Health Sciences ---------------- 34 Co-ordinating Staff from other Departments and Faculties -------------------------------- ----- 35
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Appendices Appendix 1 Award of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree ------------ 36 Appendix 2 Statistics - B.Sc. Nursing Programme ------------------------------ 37 Appendix 3 Criteria for Awards ----- 37 Tables Table 1 Courses of the B.Sc. Nursing Degree Programme--------------------- 24 Table 2 Open Electives ---------------- 25 Guidelines to complete the application form-------------------------------- --------------- 39

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The Faculty Natural Science provides opportunities for higher education not only for those having three A level Passes in Science subjects in any number of sittings but provides access to those without 3 A level passes and with many equivalent qualifications such as London A Levels. National Diploma in teaching Science or Mathematics etc. From the pages that follow.) and the Bachelor of Education in Natural Science (B.Sc.lk . application form and other documents provided when you receive them. Computer Selection test.Dean s Message On behalf of the Faculty of Natural Science we warmly welcome you as a prospective student. If you have any queries. Thusitha Jayasooriya Dean/Faculty of Natural Sciences deannsc@ou. The brochure initially explains to you about the University and the faculty of Natural Sciences in general. Bachelor of natural Science Degree (B.Ed.ac. course fees etc. 011-2822738. While thanking you for your interest in the study programmes offered by the Faculty of Natural Sciences. We look forward to your enrolment in our programmes. you will be able to gather information on the different programmes of study. English Grading test. (Ms). Natural Science). The brochure also provides guidelines to fill the application form and also states the dates and times of Open days. I advise you to read the Brochure. pre-registration Orientation. Trained teachers certificate. 011-2853777 Ext 292 5 . I wish to mention that this brochure contains important information that you should know before you enrol in our programmes of study. namely Foundation courses in Science. and explains to you the study system we follow at the Open University. please contact us at the address given below. Dr.

Everybody cannot become a nurse. Those are the Degree in Bachelor of Pharmacy and B.Sc. you are stepping another rung upwards in your ladder of professional development. Nursing Degree. Sc.Message of the Head Welcome to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the Department of Health Sciences.Nursing degree on a par with international standards of renowned universities. We wish all the best in your future endeavours.ac. The Department makes all the effort to ensure and maintain the quality of the B. . Taking into consideration your strenuous working schedules. All of you are committed. The Department of Health Sciences of the Open University of Sri Lanka was the first and foremost department to support university education for Registered Nurses for the last 15 years.Sc. The flexible learning methodology may help you to continue your studies with lessened stress and to achieve the best possible grades at the end.Graduate Diploma in Nursing. Other academic activities on the pipe line are the Post.Sc.L.Hemamala Vithanarachchi Head/ Department of Health Sciences Contact No. The department does not wish that you will end up with only a B.lk 6 . Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Open University of Sri Lanka. hard working nurses who are devoted to nursing. Diploma in Nursing and Certificate in Home Based Nursing Care. Today. S. Nursing Degree.2823921/ 2881325 e-mail slvit@ou. the Department of Health Sciences is planning to launch two other degree programmes in the coming year. the department is looking forward to provide you with the necessary support and guidance. Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. You are one among the unique nurses. Mrs. sensible. but also wish to see you a life long learner who will rise beyond the doctoral level. In addition to the B.

000. Humanities & Social Sciences and Education. The Central Campus and the Colombo Regional Centre of the Open University are situated in Colombo-Nawala and are easily accessible by road and railway (Fig. The OUSL offers from Foundation and Certificate courses through Bachelors to Masters and Ph. OUSL is an attractive choice of study.D degrees. OUSL is the only recognized University in Sri Lanka. The academic Departments of the University are grouped into four Faculties: Natural Sciences. It has a student population of over 23. Sciences The programmes and courses described in this Brochure are offered by the Faculty of Natural 7 .GENERAL INFORMATION The University The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) was established in 1980. The structure of study programmes provides opportunities for those who complete one programme to progress up the ladder and further improve their educational qualifications. The OUSL functions through a network of centres spread throughout the island. It has the same legal and academic status as any other national University in Sri Lanka. where one can pursue higher education solely by distance education techniques in keeping with the philosophy of OPEN LEARNING and the DISTANCE EDUCATION.1). Engineering Technology. especially for those employed. Education at OUSL is thus a life-long experience.

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All Departments are collectively responsible for the smooth functioning of academic activities of the Faculty and for the quality of its academic programmes. Each Department is under a Head.2). The Faculty presently consists of six Departments of Study (Fig. It also offers Foundation courses. BOTANY MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE CHEMISTRY The Faculty of Natural Sciences PHYSICS ZOOLOGY HEALTH SCIENCES Fig. This Brochure specifically focuses on the BSc Degree Programme.The Faculty of Natural Sciences The administrative & academic Head of the Faculty is the Dean. under the direction of the Senate of the University. Continuing education courses and Stand alone courses.2: Departments of the Faculty of Natural Science 9 . Diplomas or Certificates. The Faculty of Natural Sciences offers programmes of study leading to Degrees. The Faculty Board of Natural Sciences regulates all the academic activities in the Faculty.

Day schools are conducted from time to time to discuss problems that you may come across in the course of your studies. which provide you with the primary material for independent learning. critical thinking. workshops. Home Assignments (HA) and Final Examinations also form an integral part of the learning and evaluation system. Attendance at such face to face classes is very strongly recommended. The University also operates libraries at all regional centres.The Study System The system of study adopted by the Open University of Sri Lanka is based on a multimedia system with strong emphasis on distance study (incorporating self-study and independent learning) using printed material and audio-visual aids. Libraries provide reference and limited lending facilities to students (Level 3 and above). active learning. These printed study material are designed to motivate and promote self study. tutor clinics and laboratory work. Printed Materials The central element in the teaching system is a series of printed course materials. Continuous Assignments/Assessment Tests. knowledge analysis and synthesis and self assessment. Day Schools for the English for nursing courses are conducted at practical regional/study centres provided sufficient student numbers are available to constitute a group. Day Schools 10 . These are supported by discussions/ day schools. Library Facilities The main library of the University is located in the central campus at Nawala. Students also have access to the internet from the Library.

Final examinations of first/second semester courses are held at the end of each semester. Students who are eligible. Regional Services The University has a network of Regional/Study Centres distributed throughout Sri Lanka (Table 1). Such repeat students are required to pay the normal tuition fee. Eligibility to sit the end of course final examination will be based on obtaining a specified minimum mark in continuous assessments. They need not register and obtain eligibility for the particular course again. but unsuccessful at the final examination will be considered as re-sit candidates. 11 . Students who do not obtain eligibility to sit the final examination for any particular course will have to reregister for that course in a subsequent year and will then be considered as repeat students for that course.Assessments and Examinations Your progress will be assessed continuously by means of assignments and assessment tests and also at the end of the course by means of a final examination. The Regional centres at Colombo. Temporary residential facilities are also provided to students attending academic activities at these Regional centres. The Faculty operates a two semester system for its courses. Re-sit candidates are not required to pay tuition fees for the particular course. and Kandy provide facilities for libraries and face to face teaching.

This post RN degree programme commenced in July 1994 and is being offered to registered nurses at the request of the Ministry of Health. teaching. Australia & India. USA. The first 2 years of the (otherwise 4 academic years) degree programme at Levels 3 and 4 are exempted for registered 12 . It is presented through the distance mode as many similar degrees offered in countries such as Canada. and management.BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING DEGREE PROGRAMME INTRODUCTION Welcome to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the Department of Health Sciences. Ø have an increased understanding of the health care system of Sri Lanka and be sensitive to national and world-wide nursing issues. research. This programme prepares a nurse who is a "generalist" to provide quality care in every aspect of nursing practice with advanced knowledge and skills. Ø be actively engaged in shaping policies affecting the health care system of Sri Lanka. Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Open University of Sri Lanka. The graduate will: Ø have advanced skills in holistic client-centred nursing and in leadership.1997). This programme was initiated with academic assistance provided by The Athabasca University and funded by The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a period of five years (1992 . Ø experience increased overall work satisfaction. UK. and Ø obtain the necessary preparation for post-graduate studies.

privileges. 13 . and · all individuals should promote human values. Individual/Person We believe that: · each individual is a member of society with rights. who are required to pursue only the final 2 years of the programme at Levels 5 & 6. Health We believe that: · health is a state defined by each individual and reflects her/his subjective sense of well-being. and obligations/duties.Sc. Nursing Programme of the Open University of Sri Lanka is based on the following beliefs. The academic value of the courses (other than Continuing Education courses in English) for each of these years will be two credits.nurses. · all individuals aspire to spiritual. PHILOSOPHY The philosophy of the B. Each individual aims to realise a state of maximum potential. · all individuals. regardless of religion or philosophic orientation. optimal functioning and increasing control over her/his own health. and physical health. · individuals strive for betterment and higher goals in different ways. deserve respect and tolerance. mental.

cultural. 14 . "health is a state of complete physical. self-directed. research. spiritual and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" (WHO. mental. for teaching. political and economic factors. 1998). · nurses must respond appropriately to the continually changing health care environment. and administration in institutions and in the communities.We also subscribe to the WHO definition of health that states. Learning and Educational Climate We believe that: · learners are self-motivated. Nurses We believe that: · with advanced educational preparation nurses are able to assume responsibility for better management of care. and the impact of technology and life-style changes that have a significant influence on health. Environment We believe that: · the environment consists of physical. independent individuals who bring varied personal experiences to the learning situation. spiritual. · nurses must be active in shaping policies that create the optimal environment for maximising health and the delivery of quality care. social.

affordability. Graduates will bring together the principles of Primary Health Care of access. social justice. Nursing programme curriculum supports the principles of Primary Health Care as outlined by the WHO (1998). nurse administrators. and sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of others. degree programme is committed to increasing access to higher education for nurses. families and communities.Sc. and inter-sectoral collaboration. participation. their nursing practice as quality nurse clinicians. In addition. social and personal responsibility. nurse educators. MISSION STATEMENT The B. equity. and nurse researchers will be enhanced.Sc. as well as projections of future trends. As a nurse you have a major role in wellness and health promotion in every sector of the health-care system. flexible programming to foster learning. make it necessary for you to be prepared to think critically and 15 . The B. commitment to scholarship and life-long learning. promote problem solving.· it is necessary to provide a supportive learning environment and creative. OBJECTIVES The education of a professional nurse must contribute to the development of a graduate who will demonstrate a sense of commitment. The diversity and complexity of professional nursing practice today. and places emphasis on nursing practices which maximises the health potential of individuals.

respect. and recognise similarities and differences among groups and 16 . and the functioning of communities. The person with a liberal education. in the social sciences and humanities. understand and respect cultural traditions. articulate a personal philosophy that expresses the values and beliefs. not only in nursing practice. and to have a solid education. the relationships between people. use concepts from the humanities and the behavioural sciences to understand oneself and others. 7. political and economic factors and their relevance to social and professional problems. 5. use mathematical concepts.creatively. will be best prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead. recognise social. but also in the related sciences. 2. demonstrate fundamental concern. and interpret quantitative and qualitative data to understand the value of research in the search for solutions to problems. 4. which guide your personal and professional life. Consequently. who has had the opportunity to read and study in a variety of areas. read and write English clearly and effectively so that you will have access to further knowledge that will enable you to share with the international nursing community. nursing education should include courses that will develop your ability to: 1. 3. 6. 8. use the available resources to play a leadership role in whatever sector you serve. understanding and empathy in human relationships.

demonstrate leadership and co-ordination abilities as a member of the inter. demonstrate. 9. use the research process as a basis for improving the quality of patient care.relationships between culture. and from the liberal arts. 17 . health. demonstrate an understanding of present and future factors affecting the health care delivery system. 4. and for making nursing practice decisions. 8. influence change as necessary in a variety of practice settings. as well as with other members of the health team. for implementing change in nursing practice. use the nursing problem-solving process to promote. demonstrate skill in collecting and utilising epidemiological data for the improvement of provision of care to clients. we anticipate that the graduate of the Open University of Sri Lanka Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programme will be able to: 1. 3. an understanding of the needs and rights of clients. and healing. use appropriate communication skills in the nurse client relationship. synthesize knowledge from the physical and behavioural sciences. and use this knowledge as a source for making nursing practice decisions. 5. maintain and restore health.disciplinary health team. in co-operation with all clients. 2. More particularly. through direct advocacy. 7. behaviour. 6.

12. Sri Lanka Medical Council Registration as a Nurse and Either 4. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS At the closing date of application applicants should possess the following qualifications: 1. Minimum of two years experience after qualifying as a nurse. 18 . 11. regulatory. and 3. Three passes at the GCE (A/L) or three credits in Foundation courses in Science conducted by Faculty of Natural Sciences.10. the Open University of Sri Lanka. practice effective teaching skills to promote behavioural and attitudinal changes in clients and other members of the health team. demonstrate an understanding of legislative. ethical and professional nursing standards. General Nursing Certificate awarded by a School of Nursing (Ministry of Health) 2. demonstrate an appreciation of the need for continued learning. Or Post Basic Diploma (in any field in Nursing) awarded by the Ministry of Health.

Students are strongly advised to register on the due date. Those who do not respond to this notification as required will not be able to register for the programme.DUTY LEAVE FOR NURSES Nurses following the B. REGISTRATION Students selected for admission will be notified and will be required to register themselves on a specific date. Orientation Session & Personal Counselling for Nursing Students During the pre-registration orientation session which will be on the 25th of March 2010.1995 and circular No 4574 issued by the Secretary to the Ministry of Health. It is therefore essential that you attend the pre-registration orientation session. The registration form must be filled by you and counter-signed by a Personal Tutor/Counsellor before you come for registration.Sc.10. students are informed that as part of the orientation session they will be assigned to a Personal Tutor/ Counsellor who will give further personal advice with regards to the choice of courses and help in filling the registration form. Copies of this letter can be obtained from the Department of Health Sciences). 19 . in Nursing Degree Programme are entitled to 20 days duty leave per year for attending day schools and for sitting final examinations. (Refer to the letter dated 13.

Students wishing to drop or change their courses must return the relevant course materials to the book distribution centre before these dates. who wish to change/ add/ drop courses after registration will be permitted to do so subject to the following: (i) Students will be allowed to change/add/drop courses by the 26th of April 2010 for both new students and reregistering students. the (first instalment) fees already payable and/ or billed will NOT be refunded or carried over to the next academic year. (ii) Students will be allowed. such students will NOT be considered as repeat students when they register for the said courses in a subsequent academic year. There will be no academic or financial penalty for such changes.Registration of Nursing Students Registration will be conducted only at the Colombo Regional Centre at Nawala on 26th and 27th of March 2010. without any academic penalty to drop courses during the extended drop period up to 26th of May 2010 only. In this case. Changes to Registered Courses Students registered for the Nursing programmes. 20 . However. Re-registering students are reminded that during the add/ drop period. they are not entitled to pay extra and add courses.

(iv) Students are requested to direct any queries in relation to admission/ registration/ choice of courses to the Dean. by telephone. and extended drop will be confirmed with the registration package. Here too. The examinations are conducted only in the English medium and the students are required to answer in English only. the fees already paid and/ or billed will not be refunded or carried over for the next academic year. Faculty of Natural Sciences/ Head.* note that the dates for add /drop. Such students will also be liable for payment of full fees for the current year and will be required to pay the normal (subsidised) tuition fee when they re-register as repeat students for those courses in a subsequent year. They will also not be eligible for any grade higher than a mere pass (PC) in the repeating year. MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION The medium of instruction is English. Nursing Programme. (iii) Students who drop courses after the extended drop period will be considered as repeat students when they next register for the dropped courses. which they have already obtained in the previous year. or by letter. 21 . Repeating students are not entitled to receive study material. in person. Department of Health Sciences/ or Staff.

Continuing Education Course in English ( LSE 1305. As a general principle. Rs. Rs.COURSE FEES Course Fees for each of the two academic years of the programme for a student offering the full programme. Facility Fee :Rs. 1 5/6 Cr.00 900. fees are due on demand and must be paid promptly. facilities fees and tuition fees. Tuition Fees . 29200 Rs. Sports Club : Rs. The university reserves the right to revise fees and all other charges at any time without prior notice. 35040 See the relevant Section of the Prospectus of the Faculty of Natural Sciences for additional information.00 ** Foreign students should be charged four(4) times tuition fees of local students 1/6 Credit 1/3 Credit ½ Credit 2/3 Credit Rs. 225. . Failure to pay fees in time means that the offer of a place in the Open University will be withdrawn.00 17520. Course fee for one academic year of the programme is as follows. 8760 Rs.00 25. 14600 17520 20440 23360 1 !/2 Cr. 22 . Rs. 26280 Rs. Library facility Fee :Rs. 2 Cr. 2920 Rs.Core Courses(Per Credit) :Rs.00 100. 32120 Rs. 1 2/3 Cr. Rs. LSE 2305)(Per Credit) : Rs.11680 5/6 Credit 1 Credit 1 1/6 Credit 1 I/3 Credit Rs. Registration Fee :Rs. 5840 Rs. All students must pay registration fees.00 7500.

Mahapola Bursaries Open University of Sri Lanka Bursaries Merit for Mahapola Bursaries for Nursing students awarded on admission to Level 6 will usually be assessed on the results of all Level 5 examinations. Merit for Open University of Sri Lanka Bursaries will be based on the performance at all preceding examinations.Financial Assistance & Bursaries A limited number of bursaries as categorised below are available to students selected on the basis of academic merit and needs. either from specified courses (specific credit exemptions) or from the requirement of obtaining a given amount of credits at given levels (general credit exemptions) towards the award. A student will however be eligible for consideration for the award of a Mahapola bursary only in the year following his/ her initial entry to Level 5 of the B. 23 . No exemption will be granted for any of the course units at levels 5 and 6. Nursing degree programme.Sc. EXEMPTIONS The Senate may grant exemptions to a student. The total credit exemptions which may be so granted shall not exceed four (4) credits.

Table 1Level Course Code Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Programme Course Title Credi t Ratin g 1/2 1/2 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 2/3 1/6 1/6 1/6 2/3 2/3 1/6 1/3 Pre-requisites Level 5 *LSE 1305 *LSE 2305 NSU 3101 NSU 3102 NSU 3103 NSU 3104 NSU 3105 NSU 3106 NSU 3407 NSU 3108 NSU 3109** NSU 4101 NSU 4402 NSU 4403 NSU 4105 NSU 4206 English for Nursing English for Nursing Anatomy & Physiology Sociology & Anthropology Psychology Concepts in Nursing Practice Teaching & Learning Nutrition Primary Health Care 1 Communication Skills in Nursing Open Elective Research in Nursing Primary Health Care 11 Management in Nursing Practice Trends & Issues in Nursing Senior Focus Elective NSU 3103 (EL or CR) NSU 3104 (EL) NSU 3407 (EL) Level 6 NSU 4101 (EL) Note: (a) *LSE 1305 & LSE 2305 are (half-credit) courses in English offered by the Language Studies Department. 24 .COURSES Courses offered in this programme and other particulars are given in Table 1.

Sc.Sc. and CR refers to concurrent registration. Table 2B. (Nursing) NSU 1102 NSU 1142 NSU 1160 NSU 1108 NSU 1159 NSU 1199 Open Electives Course Title Ethics in Science & Technology Biostatistics Understanding Law Managing Your Work & People Computer Skills Introduction to Sri Lankan Society B. (c) **Course NSU 3109 is an open elective and the students have the option of selecting one of the courses from the following list in Table 2 which are courses in the B. courses offered should first include all the relevant courses at level five and courses for which students have not gained eligibility before offering for courses at level six. degree programme: (d) EL refers to eligibility. Code PCU 1102 PCU 1142 LWU 1160 MCU 1108 PCU 1159 SSU 1199 Course Course Code 25 .Sc.(b) In the case of re-registering students.

applied anthropology and the practical uses of the discipline. NSU 3102 (1/6) Sociology and Anthropology Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology. draft outlines. comparative and superlative forms of adjectives. endocrine system. line graphs. digestive system. bar charts.COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: LSE 1305 (1/2) English for Nursing Grammar: Prepositions of time and place. determiners and articles. respiratory system. use of relative pronouns. and supporting ideas and details of paragraphs. religion and ritual. understanding links across paragraphs. Reading: Skimming and scanning. reproductive system. skeletal system. and places. importance of kinship and descent. express notions of cause and effect. essay writing as a holistic task NSU 3101 (1/6) Anatomy and Physiology Introduction to human anatomy and physiology. and pie-charts. Writing: describing scientific diagrams. study of culture. methods and techniques in anthropology and sociology and basic perspectives in sociology. events. social stratification and inequality. structure and organization of domestic life. essay writing. 26 . study of language. tenses and verb forms. objects. and passages holistically. an over view of anthropological research in Sri Lanka. describe a diagram correctly. intensive reading. identifying topic and main. perspectives and theories in anthropology. coping with unfamiliar vocabulary. muscular system. reading skills. organisation of ideas. circulatory system. basic biochemistry. compare and contrast objects. scientific phenomena and ideas. urinary system. describe simple experiments. organization of economic life. immune system. structure and function of cells. LSE 2305 (1/2) English for Nursing Reading: Skimming and scanning pages. education and society. passive voice and active voice. violence and the anthropological study of health and medicine. nervous system. general roles and life cycle customs. describe sequences of events and processes. Writing: describe people. reading and understanding short passages.

consciousness. water and major minerals. and vitamins C. theories of motivation. compliance to health teaching. carbohydrates. nursing as an art. pre-requisites for health. NSU 3104 (1/6) Concepts in Nursing Practice The growing profession of nursing. A. implementation. planning. concepts basic to nursing. the realities of health teaching. health and nursing. Western Diseases.NSU 3103 (1/6) Psychology Introduction to Psychology. abnormal behaviour. concepts and principles. health promotion. a resource for health care. fats. community participation. metabolism of nutrients. memory and cognition. NSU 3407 (2/3) Primary Health Care I The meaning of health for all. the various roles of the professional nurse.D. and K. fat-soluble vitamins. lifecycle nutrition. child development. protein and amino acids. person. stress and coping. dietary problems in Sri Lanka. NSU 3106 (1/6) Nutrition Overview of nutrition and assessment of nutritional status. the future of nursing. the role of the nurse and nursing in primary health care. science. social psychology.E. biological basis of behaviour. environment. primary health care. children and adults as learners. pain. starch and dietary fibre. emotion and motivation. measurement of health. informed decision making in health care. and weight problems. lipids. energy balance. and profession. senses and perception. recommended nutrient intake and diet. the developmental objectives for learning. nursing theory as a basis for practice. teaching methods and aids to teaching. trace minerals. sugar. NSU 3105 (1/6) Teaching and Learning Health education in nursing. assessment of learners. instructional design/ the teaching learning process. oils. digestion. theories of learning. and steroids. the nursing process. B-vitamins. phospholipids. health education and primary health care. resources for health care. evaluation of teaching and learning. water soluble vitamins. domains of learning. overview of nursing theories. history of epidemiology and 27 . pedagogy and androgogy. the role of the nurse in primary health care.planning guides.

diarrhoea and acute respiratory infection. exploration. being assertive. the conceptual phase. being aggressive. support. NSU 4101 (1/6) Research in Nursing Introduction to nursing research. gaining clarification. journal summaries. the current family health programme of Sri Lanka. organization of the health care system of Sri Lanka. diagnosis. role playing. responding with information and action. and faculties (please contact the relevant departments for syllabi of the open electives shown in table 2). supporting the healthy life-styles. helping relationships. perception. assessment of health risk families. departments. history of the family health programme in Sri Lanka. national health policy. role of the nurse in prevention and treatment. guidelines and examples. communicable diseases. empathy as a way of being. theoretical foundations for family nursing. journal as requirement. the family as the client. non-communicable diseases. phases of the nurse/patient relationship. non-assertive. working and closure. belief systems. healthy families. leprosy. interpersonal style. being non-assertive. interpersonal skills. belief systems speak louder than words. historical aspects of nursing research. using feedback to improve learning and performance. ethical issues in nursing research. being open. maintenance of family health records. keeping a journal. finding the causality in epidemiologic study. nursing of families in transition. creative responses to feedback.glossary of terms. epidemiology. aggressive and assertive behaviour. identifying 28 . assessment. defensive responses to feedback. surveillance and monitoring. implementation and evaluation. myths and misconceptions about helping relationships. NSU 3108 (1/6) Communication Skills in Nursing Self-awareness. mental health and oral health. and planning. receiving feedback. being self aware. alternative systems of health care. the nursing process as an implementation framework in family health promotion. NSU 3109 (1/6) Open Elective: To enhance outlook and horizons and provide opportunity to mix and associate with students of other disciplines. the impact of chronic illness on the family. screening and assessment skills for nurses. communicable diseases caused by vectors. communicating and contracting with families. vaccine preventable communicable diseases.

internal and external validity. Develop a body of knowledge for use in improving the quality of nursing care. leadership and management. review of the literature. improving the quality of care. defining and conceptualising issues. the stature of the nursing profession. function. research data and analysis.O in health care. data. variables. discussion and conclusions. role of the nurse with the adolescent. NSU 4105 (1/6) Trends and Issues in Nursing Values and the process of valuing. labour relations and the collective agreement. the empirical phase. role of the nurse with the pre-school child. the role of the nurse throughout the reproductive cycle. 29 . role of the nurse in promoting women's health. trends in nursing and health care. critical functions and skills required of nurse managers.G. principles of community health care. image-building strategies. political strategies. NSU 4403 (2/3) Management in Nursing Practice Health care needs and the nurse manger role. Apply and integrate concepts of the total nursing programme to investigate the area of study. role of the N. education. NSU 4402 (2/3) Primary Health Care II Pregnancy and foetal development. and culture of health care. budget and information system. research design. care of the healthy infant. hypothesis. or health policy. issues influencing work life satisfaction. professional nursing organizations. community health nursing in different countries. community health and the role of the nurse. structure. following the specified guidelines of a self-directed learning contract designed in negotiation with a member of staff. role of the nurse with the school-aged child. facilitating effective clinical practice. impact of the surrounding culture on management practice. creating the environment for professional practice. the interpretative phase. theory and practice. attracting and developing the optimum in human resources. role of the nurse in societal health problems. NSU 4206 (1/3) Senior Focus Elective: A self-directed learning experience in a selected area of clinical specialisation. population and sample. ethical reasoning. management. the origins of community health in Sri Lanka.research problems. role of the nurse in school health. research. current community health services in Sri Lanka.

consequently the final examination for the first semester courses are held in October/ November of each year while those for the second semester courses are held in April/ May. Kandy & Matara EVALUATION A student's progress is assessed continuously throughout the course by means of Assignments.CONTINUING EDUCATION & STAND ALONE COURSES Please see relevant section of the Prospectus for the Faculty of Natural Sciences.Colombo. Kandy & Matara Nursing Studies (All Courses . Journals and Presentations (specific details of the scheme of continuous assessment for each course will be given to the students at the commencement of the academic year) and also at the end of the course by means of a FINAL EXAMINATION or SCHOLARLY PAPER. DURATION OF ACADEMIC YEAR Academic Year May 2010 .March 2011 VENUES OF FACE TO FACE CLASSES English (LSE 1305.Colombo Nursing Studies (Limited number of L 5 courses) Kandy (Polgolla) Open Elective Courses Colombo. The faculty operates a semester system for its courses. 30 . LSE 2305) .

run the risk of becoming repeat students in a subsequent year. Please note that students who drop courses after the extended drop period also will be considered as repeat students. Re-sit Candidates Students who are eligible but unsuccessful at the final examination will be considered as re-sit candidates.Eligibility The eligibility mark to sit the end of course final examination will be based on obtaining a specified minimum mark in continuous assessments (CAM). Students are strongly advised not to register for too many courses. which they cannot cope with and thereby. They 31 . They will also not be eligible for a grade higher than a mere pass (PC). The eligibility marks for the respective courses are as follows: Nursing Programme Courses 50% Science Courses in the Faculty of Natural Sciences 40% Courses in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Repeat Students Students unable to obtain eligibility to sit the final examination for any particular course. will have to reregister for that course in a subsequent year and will then be considered as repeat students for that course.

Postponing Sitting the Final Examination Eligible students are given the opportunity. 2 months prior to the 1st date of examination in each of the semesters giving the necessary 32 . students are strongly advised not to postpone sitting for examinations unnecessarily since students' performance is definitely affected adversely when they appear for the final examination long after the end of the course. Students are permitted to carry forward eligibility up to five years from the year they obtain eligibility for a course. they will not be eligible for a grade higher than a mere pass (PC). Students who wish to sit an examination in an academic year after the year in which eligibility is obtained should apply to do so in writing to the Dean. if they so wish. However. Students who postpone sitting the final examination are given the grade RX.need not register and obtain eligibility for the particular course again. Postponement could be used in the event of genuine causes (such as ill health and other unavoidable reasons). Afterwards. students need to be registered as a new student in that course. However like repeat students. to postpone sitting the final examination to a subsequent occasion without being considered as RE-SIT candidates. Re-sit candidates are not required to pay any course fee but only the re-sit examination fee. Medical or other letters/ certificates are NOT required from students who postpone examinations in this manner.

1. Resit Exam) RF (Bad Failure. Resit Exam) RX (Absent from Examination) AWARD OF THE DEGREE Award of the degree will be in accordance with the provisions of the Open University Regulation and Rule No. then M = Y PA (Distinction) PB (Credit Pass) PC (Pass) RD (Fail. Department of Health Sciences and with AR/ Natural sciences.1. then M = 0. Forms will be available at the registration desk.details listed in the application form.6 X + 0. If Y > 50. Overall Mark (M) and Grade The OVERALL GRADE for Nursing Courses offered by the Department of Health Sciences will be determined as follows: The grade for each course will be determined by a combination of the continuous assessment mark "X" (CAM) and the final examination mark "Y" (FEM). in accordance with the following criteria. A summary of the criteria for the award of a Pass (with or without honours) are given in appendix 1.1. 33 : 70 < M : 60 < M < 70 : 50 < M < 60 : 30 < M < 50 : 20 < M < 30 : 0 < M < 20 : -- . Resit Exam) RE (Fail.3.4 Y If Y < 50.

A.N. Columbia).D. Uni. N (OUSL).N.Sc. R.E..L. Sriyani B.A. H.. K. N (Brit.Sc. N (OUSL) B.M.N. De Silva B. M. K.Sc.(Col.. B.. R.). R.W.M.W.Sc.N. R. Pramuditha Madhavi B. R. N (OUSL). Ms. Ms. MSsc.N. R. Ms.DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SCIENCES Senior Lecturers Ms.(Kalaniya). Priyanthi B.Munidasa B. R.N.Pharm (Bangalore) Ms.N. Consultants Ms. R..N (Australia).N (Toronto).Sc. Samarasekara B. N (OUSL).P. Hemamala Vithanarachchi (Head) B. S.N. (New Delhi). M. N (OUSL).Sc.G. Ms. R.M. N (OUSL). P. Kerushshanthe B.Sc.Sc.Dissanayake B.L. M.Sc. R. Sunil S.Phil. Sc.A. Probationary Lecturers Mr. R. M.N (OUSL).M.E. Karuna Saranguhewa B. Ms. Ms. 34 .N.M.Sc.N. N (OUSL). R. N (OUSL). P. M.Sc. B.V. R.R.

.Managing Your Work & People Ms.Gayani (443) Dept.Kuruppuarachchi (269.N.M. Dissanayake(443) SSU/NSU 1199 .Bio Statistics( 443) Ms W.Ethics in Science & Technology Ms. K.CO-ORDINATING STAFF FROM OTHER FACULTIES Foundation Courses in English for Nursing Mr. Nilakarawasam (446) PSU/NSU 1159 .M.Zoysa Gunathilaka (444) MCU/NSU 1108 .A. Perera Open Electives PCU/ NSU 1102 .J.C. Wijesinghe LWU/NSU 1160 .Computer Skills Ms.Understanding Law Ms. S.A.K.C. N. of Language Studies (431) 35 . N.Introduction to Sri Lankan Society Ms. S.De.447) PCU/NSU 1142 .

Minimum number of PB grades Minimum number of PA grades Minimum Overall 50% weighted average 03 cr. 1/6 cr. - 60% 65% 70% 36 .) in Nursing Degree Requirements at final Pass examination Minimum total 4 cr. Second Class (Upper) 4 Cr.Specific details regarding the programme can be obtained from the Department of Health Sciences of the Open University. 1/6 cr. 01 cr. First Class 4 Cr. PC grades cr. elective) Second Class (Lower) 4 Cr. Minimum number of 3 5/6 5/6 cr. 1/6 cr. 5/6 cr. Appendix 1 Award of the Bachelor of Science (B. number of passes Minimum Number of 1/6 PD grades (open cr. 03 cr. Sc. 5/6 cr. 02 cr.

provided she/he obtains First Class Honours.Sc. Degree Programme in Nursing.Sc. The award is made for the student having the best performance in all courses at the B.B.Appendix 2 STATISTICS . which provided the academic collaboration for the commencement of the B.Sc. Nursing Graduates Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 TOTAL First Class 03 03 03 0 01 01 01 0 0 0 01 13 Second Class 13 14 07 03 06 06 05 03 03 01 04 65 Second Lower 01 04 01 01 02 04 02 03 02 05 03 28 Ordinar y Pass 04 13 12 10 16 23 19 20 32 13 15 177 Total 21 34 23 14 23 34 27 26 37 19 23 283 Appendix 3 CRITERIA FOR AWARDS & PAST WINNERS Athabasca University Gold Medal for Nursing The above gold medal is donated by the Athabasca University. 37 . (Nursing) Final Examination.

This is awarded to the student who has completed all courses in the first attempt and obtained a First Class or Second Class (Upper Division) Honours. Chandra De Silva Award for the Best Student of the B. 38 . (Nursing ) Programme. former Project Coordinator and Senior Consultant of the Department of Health Sciences. de Silva in memory of his wife Mrs.N.Sc.Nursing Programme This award is funded by Mr.L. who was the CIDA Project Director for the first five years of the B.00. Roberta Carey.000. 41. P. OUSL.Carey Prize for Nursing This prize is funded by a trust fund comprising an original donation of Rs.000/= from Prof. The award is made for the student having the best performance in Nursing Courses provided she/he obtains First Class or Second Class (Upper Division) Honours.100.Sc. Chandra de Silva. The original donation was Rs.

The codes for Regional Centers are as follows v Colombo regional center v Kandy regional center v Matara regional center C 0 1 0 K 0 3 0 M 0 5 0 39 . B. A 4 Tick ( P ) appropriate box A 5 and A 6 Fill appropriately. C3. 1) Use a black ink pen to fill the application from. D. 3) Fill all cages (A. D1. Kandy and Matara Regional Centre. 2) Fill the cages in BLOCK CAPITAL letters. A2 Year B N O 1 2 0 1 0 / 1 1 A 3 . E and F. No.Fill in BLOCK CAPITALS as given in the sample application. Fill the cages in the preferred order of priority. A 7 Preferred Open University Centre The Faculty of Natural Science Conducts academic activities in Colombo. Incomplete applications are rejected. C.Guidelines to complete the application form Please read the following guidelines before you fill the application form. C4. Fill the cages according to the following guidelines A 1 Prog. E and F) with relevant information C1. D2.

A 8 . B.Not applicable C 3 . C.Tick ( P ) the English box B1 to B12 Fill in BLOCK capitals and tick ( P ) appropriate box.g A. indicate the grade e. Nursing Certificate/ Diploma Registration Certificate Post-Basic Diploma Others Year received means the date of issue in your certificate.Qualification Code Select from the following codes for relevant qualification you have obtained and for which you would like exemptions granted. 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 Institution Code Select from the following codes for Institutions School of Nursing Sri Lanka Medical Council Post-Basic College of Nursing Other Institutions S S P O O M C T N C N H 40 . C 2 . D and in each case indicate the year you got the grade. C1 Fill in BLOCK capitals the subject code sat.

E 4 . date from and to.State the number given in your application E 2 . Specify the disability. indicate it here. Start from your current employment. Colombo regional centre Kandy regional centre Matara regional centre C 0 1 0 K 0 3 0 M 0 5 0 E 3 . Code and Title Code E 1 . D2 Fill the cages. DO NOT fill Org. · Please provide dates that you were in each work place. FFill the relevant cages for the date.If you have any special needs.Admission test is conducted in the following centers. 41 . Title/ designation. and place your signature in the given area.Fill Name of institution in BLOCK CAPITALS and Grade if relevant D1 Tick ( P ) the relevant box. Select two centres in order of priority.Only the English medium. Name of organization.

Return address The Information Systems Manager The Open University of Sri Lanka. Nawala. · Please fill all the cages as given in the sample application. Nugegoda. 42 .

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