Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course has two integrated components physical assessment and systems related pathophysiology. The student will develop clinical skills related to the physical and mental health assessment of persons who are experiencing a health breakdown / crisis. This comprehensive assessment will be supported by the student's ability to develop an understanding of the pathophysiology related to health breakdown

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. To apply current theories of clinical reasoning when conducting a health assessment

2. Conduct an appropriate and holistic health assessment (general and focused), identifying variations from normal

3. Demonstrate an understanding the normal trajectories of common health problems and variations from normal in a clinical assessment

4. Assess patients who are unstable, deteriorating or with complex comorbidities

5. Apply an in-depth knowledge of pathophysiology to the assessment and management of patients

6. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence and patient centred decisions when undertaking clinical practice.

7. Discuss the health disparities in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Non Indigenous in Australia and how appropriate assessment can help close the gap

8. Apply evidence based practice when undertaking clinical practice.


  • Clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills
  • Culturally safe and patient centred holistic health assessment skills
  • Systems review of pathophysiology
  • Basic interpretation of pathology tests and medical imaging
  • Incorporating current evidence and clinical guidelines in assessment and care planning
  • Case Presentation skills

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Assumed knowledge

Foundational nursing knowledge: nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Formal Examination: Closed Book Examination - use of Memory Aids are not permitted. *

Portfolio: Advanced Clinical Competencies and Skills *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Advanced Clinical competencies are a compulsory requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

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Online Activity

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face Off Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Experienced Based Learning (for Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing Only)

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1