Course Title: Medical Examination 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Examination 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Azari

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7744

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.050

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

Medical Examination 1 is designed to introduce you to the practice and principles of undertaking a patient examination in the clinical setting. You will learn to prepare for the patient examination by taking a patient history and developing the fundamental skills to undertake a clinical examination to support your clinical practice.
This course will prepare you to conduct a physical examination in a way that minimises patient distress, embarrassment and risk of injury. You will learn to demonstrate the skilful use of appropriate diagnostic equipment and to record assessment findings in a manner that supports the development of a clinical management plan.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP280  Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic), BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and  BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO1: Provides specialized health care within a patient- centred evidence based framework.
  • PLO2: Gather clinical information to make accurate differentials diagnosis, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment

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

  1. Communicate with a patient to develop a history of the presenting complaint
  2. Demonstrates your ability to gain a complete physical, social, lifestyle and environmental history to inform the patient presentation.
  3. Undertake a structured health assessment using a recognised health assessment framework to inform a management plan for the patient.
  4. List, elaborate and justify  the steps of the assessment and diagnostic process

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practical sessions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of both theoretical knowledge and clinical practice skills. Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, tutorials, podcasts and Lectopia, Wiki’s Blogs and discussion board.

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of patient assessment.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities.

Practical Classes: Practical sessions will support your application of, and familiarity with key concepts covered in the lectures..

Self-Directed Learning: These sessions will enable you to better develop independent learning, and will support the material covered in the practical sessions.


Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 48 per semester

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. All selected material will be digitally available to students. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Elluminate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulations. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focused professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task 1: Case History Test

Weighting 10%

The Week 3 case history theory test will test your knowledge of the components of the normal case history. You will take a case history acted out by your prac supervisor and submit this for grading.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Mid Semester Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Test

Weighting 10%

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

Your knowledge of the assessment and diagnostic process, history taking, general physical and lymph node assessment and vital signs will be tested.

Assessment Task 3: Mid Semester Practical Physical Assessment (HURDLE)

Weighting 10%

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

Your abilitiy to conduct a general physical and lymph node assessment and vital signs assessment will be tested.

Assessment Task 4: Final Theory Examination Multiple Choice

Weighting 30%

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

This multiple choice examination tests students of all components of the course.

Assessment Task 5: Final Practical Physical Assessment (HURDLE)

Weighting 40%

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

This practical examination tests your ability to undertake any or all of the examination procedures taught in the course. History taking is not examined in this assessment. You are expected to address all three domains of learning – cognitive, affective and psychomotor – when being tested. If you do not gain a pass for the Mid Semester and the Final (end of semester) Practical Physical assessment you will be offered only one further opportunity to demonstrate a safe level of practice prior to the end of semester. If you pass this second attempt, you will be awarded half of the maximum number of marks allocated to this skill. As a compulsory requirement for the course if you fail to present safe practice at this final attempt, you will not gain a pass and receive a NH grade for the course overall.