The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course is for undergraduate students in health-related programs. You will be introduced to stroke risk, onset, management and recovery. This course will use a multi-professional, team approach to the learning experience by taking full advantage of the fact that students are from diverse health-related programs.

The course will provide you with an introductory-level of knowledge and understanding of stroke management. It will use an evidence-based approach to the learning experience utilising the most up-to-date research and clinical guidelines as the primary source of teaching. A series of case studies and clinical scenarios will be used to apply a problem-solving approach to learning. This will be further enhanced by discussion forums which promote a rich, collaborative educational environment.

This course is available as an elective for students who have an interest in improving outcomes for those at risk of, or directly affected by, stroke.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Define stroke;

2. Describe stroke risk and prevention;

3. Understand stroke onset, stroke subtype and stroke classification;

4. Describe stroke recovery and outcome measures; and

5. Develop evidence-based, and team based, approaches to maximising outcomes in people affected by stroke.


This course is fully online.

  • Week 1: Introduction
  • Week 2: Stroke Risk
  • Week 3: Stroke: Pre-hospital Care
  • Week 5: Stroke: 1st Few Hours
  • Week 6: Stroke Unit Care
  • Week 7: Stroke: 1st Few Days
  • Week 8: Stroke: Subacute Care
  • Week 9: Stroke: Evidence-based Approach
  • Week 10: Stroke: Patient-centred Care
  • Week 11: Maximising Recovery
  • Week 12: Living with Stroke
  • Week 13: Clinical Application

Assessment items

In Term Test: Course Test

Written Assignment: Group Debate

Proposal / Plan: Education Package

Participation: Peer Marking x 3

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This course is presented on-line.