Dear Patho Students,
Test #1 grades have been finalized. You can look at your grades by going into “Check Your Grade.” Also, please read ALL ... [Show More] of the following information carefully, even though it is a very long posting.
Please refrain from talking about/sharing information about the tests and/or test-related document with anyone from outside the current Patho class…they may be future Patho students. Also, do not discuss tests AT ALL online. We count on students to maintain high standards of integrity.
Some basic explanations:
Each question was worth 2.5points. All grades will be carried out only to the second decimal by the computer for your final grade. UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovationdoesn’t allow further rounding (See your syllabus for more info on decimal points, etc.). As you probably already know, the letter grades that go with the numbers are: 90-100 = A, 80- 89.99 = B, 70 – 79.99 = C, 60- 69.99 = D, below 60 = F.
The class averagewas ~ 76%, and the grades followed a standard distribution (bell curve). This is consistent with the grades earned in other online courses and in-seat classes where the average ranges from 72 – 78% routinely. The item analysis revealed no “stand-out” questions that were poorly written or understood by only a small number of you. Here is a review of the topics that you may have missed from this exam that you will want to review again for the comprehensive final exam:
· Punnett squares and genetics (especially setting up a punnett square for an autosomal dominant vs. an autosomal recessive disease)
· The patho of McArdle's disease and the role of glycogen and glucagon
· Do you know your “g” words and what they mean? Glycogen, glycogenolysis, gluconeogenesis, etc?
· Etiologies and sequela of hypoxia.
· sequela of alcoholism and the nutritional deficits that are common to alcoholism and poor nutritional intake.
· causes of acid-base imbalances, how to recognize acid-base imbalances using ABG values, understanding the compensation of acid-base imbalances. Do you know your fluid shift vocabulary?
· recognizingcauses of fluid shifts and the resulting patient symptoms of edema and dehydration (and how to recognize these in patients- symptoms, using lab values),
· sequela of electrolyte imbalances (sodium, potassium, and calcium). Which cause hyperpolarization? Hypopolarization? What symptoms go with each?
· Common etiologies of cancer, characteristics of cancerous cells, and the role of free radicals. Can you recognize your cancer and altered cell vocabulary?
· Do you know your “basic concepts” vocabulary?Iatrogenic, nosocomial, etiology, etc?
Let’s look at these a bit further:
· First of all, you will need to get used to “Multiple Answer” questions. You only had two on this test, but you will have a few more with each test that you take. What is the best approach to taking these questions?
o Read the stem of the question very carefully.
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