Course Title: Introduction to Advanced Speciality Nursing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Advanced Speciality Nursing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017


Hamilton Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2011


Sale Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Rachel Cardwell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7554

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.015

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the care of the critically ill person in the critical care setting. You will differentiate the context of the hyper acute patient from the acute patient and contextualise the critical care setting. You will discuss the assessment and problem solving requirements for patient care in a hyper acute setting and review the therapeutic interventions available to support physiological parameters during the patient care episode.

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 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

PLO 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships

PLO 3: Maintains the capability 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. Contextualise the requirements for care of the hyper acute patient
  2. Identify and discuss the requirements of communication in the hyperacute setting
  3. Review advanced assessment and problem solving strategies in the hyper acute patient care setting
  4. Explore therapeutic management of physiological supports for the hyper acute patient.
  5. Demonstrate the application of pathophysiological concepts to critical care patient management and nursing care

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, workshops, clinical laboratory sessions and simulation.

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 hyper acute specialty 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: You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience. The 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 nursing professional and 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.

Teacher Guided Hours: 24 per semester which includes face to face lectures, workshops and clinical laboratory simulation.

Learner Directed Hours: 96 per semester- clinical skills practice and preparation for assessment requirements


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. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/Echo360, Discussion Board or workshops and group work. 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.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Early Assessment:  Online Multiple choice test  

This test is designed to model the types of questions that will be used for the mid semester test.

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment 2: Online MCQ and Short Answer test

Weighting 35%

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

Assessment 3: Case Study Assignment (2000 to 2500 words)

Weighting 50%

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


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.