Course Title: Health and Physical Assessment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health and Physical Assessment

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS2112

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

NURS2112

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

NURS2158

Hamilton Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

NURS2159

Sale Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr Ian McGrath

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7455

Course Coordinator Email: ian.mcgrath@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.003


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

This course will develop skills in health and physical assessment. You will review the principles of health assessment using a variety of sources to elicit patient health history information and demonstrate physical assessment skills. You will integrate your assessment findings with other sources of data on the patient condition and consider nursing management strategies and interventions congruent with your findings.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes:

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

PLO 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments

PLO 5: Develops a plan for nursing practice

PLO 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice

PLO 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia.


On successful completion of this course you should be able to: 

  1. Identify sources of information to inform the health assessment of the patient.
  1. Discuss the clinical presentations and health and physical assessment findings for a variety of common disease states. 
  1. Demonstrate competent and comprehensive physical assessment techniques.   
  1. Integrate multiple data sources to provide an appropriate assessment review of your patient 
  1. Assess the role of the nurse/health practitioner in the interpretation and diagnosis of the physical condition of the patient

 


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to clinical practice.

Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, podcasts and Lectopia/Echo 360, Wiki Blogs and Blackboard discussion board. The Simulated Learning laboratory will also be used as a means to consolidate your learning during this course.

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of research and nursing practice. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: The self-directed learning activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester

This will comprise lecture and practical laboratory sessions. Attendance at laboratory sessions is compulsory

Learner Directed Hours: 84 per semester

 


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of primary and secondary sources. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Online video clips will be used to support skill development in association with practical skill development in the laboratory setting. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of learning modes such as lectures/ laboratory sessions Lectopia/Echo360, Discussion Board or workshops and group work and the simulated learning laboratory. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.

It is expected you will make use of electronic databases and e-journals available through the RMIT library.

A library subject guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/nursing


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment: Weekly online multiple choice tests

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment 2: Practical assessment of physical examination skills

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 3: End of semester multiple choice (MCQ) and short answer exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Practical

Record 80% attendance for timetabled clinical laboratories. Attendance at skills laboratory sessions is compulsory for students and a class roll will be kept. A medical certificate or equivalent must be provided to the course coordinator if any session is missed. Negotiation will then occur as to whether the course coordinator will permit a makeup session.