A Web-based e-learning course: Integration of pathophysiology into pharmacology

Mun Yee Mimi Tse, Lisa W.L. Lo

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The Internet is becoming the preferred place to find information. Millions of people go online in search of health and medical information. Likewise, the demand for Web-based courses is growing. This paper presents the development, utilization, and evaluation of a Web-based e-learning course for nursing students, entitled Integration of Pathophysiology into Pharmacology. The pathophysiology component included cardiovascular, respiratory, central nervous and immune system diseases, while the pharmacology component was developed based on 150 commonly used drugs. One hundred and nineteen Year 1 nursing students took part in the course. The Web-based e-learning course materials were uploaded to a WebCT for students' self-directed learning and attempts to pass two scheduled online quizzes. At the end of the semester, students were given a questionnaire to measure the e-learning experience. Their experience in the e-learning course was a positive one. Students stated that they were able to understand rather than memorize the subject content, and develop their problem solving and critical thinking abilities. Online quizzes yielded satisfactory results. In the focus group interview, students indicated that they appreciated the time flexibility and convenience associated with Web-based learning, and also made good suggestions for enhancing Web-based learning. The Web-based approach is promising for teaching and learning pathophysiology and pharmacology for nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-924
Number of pages6
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008


  • Nursing students
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Web-based e-learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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