Course Title: Assessment Analysis In Mental Health Nursing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Assessment Analysis In Mental Health Nursing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Alistair Ross

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6634

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to undertake this course you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Registration Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse with general registration

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

This course provides you with opportunities to develop skills in holistic psychiatric nursing assessment. Multiple assessment models will be examined both from theoretical and practical perspectives. The notion of assessment as an integral aspect of care planning and delivery will be emphasised. Assessment processes and evaluation tools will be analysed with respect to their appropriateness and usefulness taking into consideration cultural and psychosocial factors that impact on client assessment practices. Assessment for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, family violence and sexual assault will be explored.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • critically review  the assessment processes used in management of the clients with an alteration to their mental health status.
  • analyse critically the assessment frameworks and specific assessment tools used in the diagnosis of clients presenting with specific symptoms related to an alteration to their mental health status .
  • apply the principles of culture specific interviewing strategies used for the purpose of mental health/illness assessment.
  • demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge related to  professional competence in assessment, program planning and program evaluation for clients with mental health needs.

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes in the following way:

  • PLO 1: The Mental Health Nurse acknowledges diversity in culture, values and belief systems and ensures his/her practice is non-discriminatory, and promotes dignity and self-determination.
  • PLO 3: The Mental Health Nurse develops a therapeutic relationship that is respectful of the individual’s choices, experiences and circumstances. This involves building on strengths, holding hope and enhancing resilience to promote recovery.
  • PLO 6:  The Mental Health Nurse actively pursues opportunities to reduce stigma and promotes social inclusion and community participation for all people with mental health issues.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of lectures, class discussion and self-directed learning exercises including directed reading of academic literature to provide a solid theoretical basis to help you to achieve professional practice

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment. Your formative and summative assessments will primarily be in the form of written submissions related to review and critique of assessment practices and tools used in Mental Health practice.   

For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: