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Table 5 Microbiology, chemistry and physics topics ranked as moderate priority (3 – 3.99) by academics (ranking: 1 = lowest priority to 5 = highest priority)

From: Teaching science content in nursing programs in Australia: a cross-sectional survey of academics

Topic Mean/SD Range
Microbiology   
Bacteria 3.87 ± 0.35 3-4
Viruses 3.80 ± 0.41 3-4
Control of microbial growth 3.75 ± 0.56 2-4
Disease transmission 3.73 ± 0.65 2-4
The role of antiseptic, soap and alcohol 3.73 ± 0.48 3-4
Common infectious diseases 3.67 ± 0.65 2-4
Vaccines 3.57 ± 0.76 2-4
Fungi 3.55 ± 0.69 2-4
Control of microbial growth 3.53 ± 0.74 2-4
Chemical and physical requirements for microbial growth 3.53 ± 0.51 2-4
Virulence and resistance 3.50 ± 0.76 2-4
Asepsis 3.50 ± 0.76 2-4
Principles of epidemiology 3.48 ± 0.75 2-4
Reservoirs and vectors (e.g. mosquitos) 3.40 ± 0.82 2-4
Protozoans 3.40 ± 0.60 2-4
Helminths (worms) 3.33 ± 0.84 2-4
History and scope of microbiology 3.33 ± 0.77 2-4
Microbiological tools, techniques and procedures 3.29 ± 0.85 2-4
Eukaryotics and prokaryotics 3.29 ± 0.77 3-4
Relationship of microbes and cancer 3.27 ± 0.76 2-4
Biotechnology 3.15 ± 0.81 2-4
Algae 3.11 ± 0.83 2-4
Chemistry   
Electrolytes 3.88 ± 0.34 3-4
pH as a scale of acidity, buffers, body buffer systems and blood gases 3.73 ± 0.46 3-4
Chemical symbols – e.g. Na, K, Ca 3.73 ± 0.59 2-4
Diffusion 3.69 ± 0.48 3-4
Osmosis 3.69 ± 0.48 3-4
Concentration, solubility in making solutions, solutions and body fluids 3.65 ± 0.61 2-4
Protein, carbohydrate and lipid chemical structures 3.65 ± 0.61 2-4
Hydration 3.62 ± 0.51 3-4
Filtration 3.56 ± 0.62 2-4
Catalysts, enzymes 3.47 ± 0.70 2-4
Anaerobic and aerobic respiration 3.46 ± 0.66 2-4
Catabolism and Anabolism 3.41 ± 0.67 2-4
Production of ATP 3.35 ± 0.75 2-4
Citric acid cycle (Krebs cycle) and electron transport chain 3.29 ± 0.78 2-4
Periodic table 3.20 ± 0.78 2-4
Covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonds 3.11 ± 0.81 2-4
Organic chemistry – alkanes, alkenes, alkyls, alcohols 3.05 ± 0.85 2-4
Chemical equations 3.05 ± 0.78 2-4
Chemical change 3.00 ± 0.84 2-4
Physics   
Measurement – quantities 3.56 ± 0.88 2-4
Temperature and heat transfer 3.56 ± 0.71 2-4
Fluid flow: length/radius of tube; viscosity; resistance; flow rate; venturi effect 3.50 ± 0.69 2-4
Measurement - relationship of volume to weight 3.44 ± 0.63 2-4
Measurement - errors 3.33 ± 0.89 2-4
Pressure, pressure in fluids, pressure gradients and pressure between solids 3.30 ± 0.87 2-4
Measurement - graphing 3.27 ± 0.88 2-4
Gas laws 3.24 ± 0.75 2-4
Friction 3.22 ± 0.81 2-4
Phototherapy 3.20 ± 0.78 2-4
Acceleration, speed and velocity, 3.20 ± 0.68 2-4
Gravity and centre of gravity 3.20 ± 0.68 2-4
Electricity – electrical conductivity 3.19 ± 0.83 2-4
Principles of MRI and issues 3.11 ± 0.76 2-4
Principles of Ultrasound and issues 3.11 ± 0.76 2-4
Principles of X-ray, CT, Fluoroscopy and issues 3.11 ± 0.81 2-4
Exothermic and endothermic reactions 3.08 ± 0.76 2-4
Matter - Atoms, isotopes, properties of elements, cations, anions, flammability of elements, effect of heat on matter 3.00 ± 0.79 2-4
Light - light sensors 3.00 ± 0.89 2-4
Force and motion, vectors 3.00 ± 0.76 2-4
Sound – auscultation and stethoscope use 3.00 ± .1.00 2-4