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Course Outlines

NSOH 7700

Viral Hepatitis

School School of Health Sciences
Program Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Specialty Nursing
Course Credits 2
Minimum Passing Grade 75%
Start Date September 07, 2021
End Date October 29, 2021
Total Hours 32
Total Weeks 8
Hours/Weeks 4
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites Basic health services knowledge.
CRN 38016

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Sandra Mitchell
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location TBD
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course is intended for nurses and a wide range of other health care professionals who want to increase their knowledge about viral hepatitis in order to improve prevention and care services. Course topics will include: (1) The epidemiology and prevention of Hepatitis A, B and C. (2) Anatomy, physiology and pathology of the normal and abnormal liver. (3) Client assessment: health history and physical exam. (4) Treatment and management of viral hepatitis. (5) Hepatitis B and C as chronic illnesses. (6) Social stigma and the management of viral hepatitis. (7) Harm reduction and special populations. (8) The impact of education level and health literacy on viral hepatitis prevention, care and treatment.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain why viral hepatitis is a significant health risk.
  • Describe prevention and harm reduction initiatives in viral hepatitis.
  • Describe the care, management and treatment for those infected with, and affected by, viral hepatitis.
  • List the benefits of integrated hepatitis prevention and care at an individual and community level.

Learning Resources

All required course materials are found online within the course.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria %
Journaling 10
Quizzes and Online Participation 10
Case Study 45
Final Exam 35

Other information

Late Assignments

The penalty for late assignments is 5% per day past the due date. Extensions may be granted but must be requested AND confirmed at least 72 hours in advance of the assignment due date. If an extension is granted and the assignment is still late, the penalty is 10% for the first day and 5% for each subsequent day. All extensions and penalties will be granted or enforced at the discretion of the instructor and program head.

Note on Audio/Video Recording

As part of evaluation, learning and debriefing, you may be recorded, both audio and video, during simulation lab experiences. All recordings are stored at BCIT, not shared to third parties and deleted upon course completion.

Statement for prior learning assessment

Prior Learning and Assessment is a way for students with applicable work and academic experience to apply that knowledge toward earning credits without taking additional classes. If you believe that you have applicable prior work and academic experience, please contact the program directly:

Janet Morrison
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7082

For more information on BCIT's PLAR process, please visit:

Course Schedule and Assignments

Throughout this course the student will be required to complete a variety of learning activities: journal entries, readings, self-assessments and participate in online discussions. In order to successfully complete this course, students must complete all of the quizzes, journals, assignments and a final examination.

Journal entries will contribute towards the final grade (10%) but will not be graded on content. Quizzes and self tests (10%) will count toward the final grade as a participation mark: they must be completed prior to accessing the final examination.

Online participation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Grade Out of 10Own OpinionQuality of Response to OthersLevel of Interactivity with Group
8-10Comments show reflection on own experience and application of content from course manual. Comments illustrate that the learner has considered material presented in course manual.Comments demonstrate that the responder has understood the writer and reflected on the comments in an appropriate and supportive manner. Comments add significantly to the quality of the discussion.Replies add to the discussion without dominating. Contributions add something new to the discussion such as a website link or personal situation that adds to the group experience.
5-7Comments show reflection on one's experiences.Comments show that the responder has understood the writer, has reflected on the comments in a supportive manner, but has not added anything new to the discussion.Replies contribute to the discussion, but no new information added.
0-4Learner shows no personal reflection. Comments are superficial and repeat what others have stated.Learner makes only brief, unsubstantiated comments such as good point or I agree without any elaboration.Very little interaction with the group. Interaction does not add to the discussion or move the discussion forward. No new information is shared.

Case Study (45%): [description and marking schema]

Final Exam (35%): Multiple choice and short answers will be administered online

Refer to your course-specific delivery schedule.

Course topics

Module 1: Epidemiology and Prevention of Hepatitis A, B & C

Module 2: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Liver

Module 3: Assessment

Module 4: Treatment and Management

Module 5: Hepatitis B and C as Chronic Illnesses

Module 6: Stigma and Management

Module 7: Harm Reduction and Priority Populations

Module 8: Health Literacy and Future Directions in Hepatitis Treatment

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Health Sciences

No school specific policies, please refer to main BCIT Policy.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Kristie Walters, Instructor on behalf of Sandra Mitchell, Instructor
June 08, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Janet Morrison, Faculty
June 16, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Kathy Kennedy, Associate Dean
June 16, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.