Assessment 1 – Concept map and guided questions

Your first assessment is generating a concept map for left heart failure and answering three questions related to a case study about a patient who has an acute exacerbation of heart failure. When preparing your assignment refer to the criteria and standards in the Learning Guide.

You can begin this assessment now by finding readings about heart failure and summarising the information under the headings of the pathophysiology template. This information can then be used for your concept map.

Some readings that you may find helpful to start your assignment are:

Your textbook:

Craft,J.A., Gordon,C.J., Huether,S.E., McCance, K.L., Brashers, V.L. & Rote,N.E.

              (2015). Understanding pathophysiology – ANZ adaptation (2nd ed.).

              Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier Australia. Chapter 23.



Aitken, L., Marshall,A. & Chaboyer, W. (2015).  ACCCN’s critical care nursing

              (3rd  ed.). Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier Australia. Chapter 10.


Wagner, K.D. (2014).  High acuity nursing (6th ed.). Upper Saddler River, New

              Jersey: Pearson. Chapter13.


(These books are available online from the Western Sydney University library).


This is just to begin. You will then find more readings to add to your information.


Remember that the information in your concept map and answers to the questions must correlate with the references that you cite so keep an accurate record when preparing your assignment. The marker of your assessment will check your citations.



An example of a pathophysiology template for a left-sided ischaemic stroke and a concept map using this information has been attached to start you thinking about how you will approach your assignment. The concept map has been generated using Word. However, if you wish, you may prefer to use a concept map template that you may find on the web.

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