PSW056 - The Human Body, Chronic Illness and Disease

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Subject Title
The Human Body, Chronic Illness and Disease

Subject Description
This subject introduces the student to the general affects of common disabilities, ongoing conditions and diseases. Concepts of maintenance, rehabilitation and restoration are discussed. Delegation is reviewed.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Personal Support Worker Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify body structures.

2. Describe the function of each body system.

3. Use the knowledge of the body, growth and development and responses to common conditions when assisting the client with ADLs.

4. Describe the following:

  •  Common types of cancers and some cancer treatment options
  •  Common Cardiovascular disorders and the care required
  •  Common Respiratory disorders and the care required
  •  Common Neurological disorders and the care required
  • Some Brain and spinal cord injuries and the care required
  •  Some Musculoskeletal disorders and the care required
  •  Care for clients in casts and with fractures, including hip fractures
  •  Amputation and the effects
  • Common Endocrine disorders and the care required
  • Common Digestive disorders and the care required
  • Common Urinary disordersand the care required
  •  Common communicable diseases and the care required
  • Common disordersof the Integimentary system and the care required

5. Identify principles of wound healing.

6. Identify the signs and symptoms of pressure ulcers.

7. Describe the uses for hot and cold application.

8. Identify principles of oxygen therapy and safety measures.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Personal Support Worker Orientation Session and EAP100 Testing

Topic Outline
- Cancer and cancer treatment options
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Respiratory disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Hip fractures
- Amputation
- Endocrine disorders
- Digestive disorders
- Urinary disorders
- Common diseases

Mode of Instruction
- Lectures complemented by powerpoints, videos and supplemental material
- Guided Discussions
- Case Studies
- Role Plays
- Demonstrations

Prescribed Texts
**Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker Text and Workbook Package by Sheila Sorrentino, Leighann Remmert ,
Mary J. Wilk, Elsevier Canada (4th edition); ISBN 978-1-77172-132-5

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Test 10%
MidTerm 20%
Written Assignment 15%
Presentation 20%
Final Exam 35%

A minimum “C” (60%) grade is required for one credit towards the Personal Support Worker Program.


Approved by: Lisa Somers