Course Title: Clinical Presentations across the Lifespan

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Presentations across the Lifespan

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Sonja Cleary and Ms Chloe Jansz

Course Coordinator Phone: Sonja +61 3 9925 7446

Course Coordinator Email: and

Course Coordinator Location: 215.03.012

Course Coordinator Availability: on appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course is founded up on a review of the lifelong milestones and a review common clinical presentations associated with neonates, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Consideration will also be given to the clinical requirements of the obstetric patient.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • PLO2: gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnosis, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO1: provide specialised health care within a patient centred, evidence based framework
  • PLO3: practice as a competent health care professional in a safe ethical and legally responsible manner.
  • PLO4: demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO6: work independently and in teams specifically to lead and contribute to inter professional care partnerships.

On successful completion of this course you will be expected to:

  1. identify the growth and development process of the human body across the lifespan
  2. discuss physiological and psychosocial milestones to be met by the human person across the lifespan.
  3. review the range of age related clinical conditions that commonly present in health care practice and appropriate age related responses to treatment..
  4. Identify the clinical issues associated with the care of the pregnant woman including issues associated with ante natal and post natal care, childbirth, puerperium and lactation.
  5. discuss a holistic approach to patient care across the life continuum
  6. contextualise plan/s of care to consider appropriate age related responses, concurrent therapeutic and adjunctive therapies and modification of treatment regimes.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practicals and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving core aspects covered in the course.

Lectures are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss the practicals in relation to the underlying core principles.
Self-directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop independent learning and support the material covered in the practical sessions..

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the recommended readings. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples. The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to you. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online Multiple Choice and Short Answer test 

Weighting 15 % 

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

Assessment Task 2: Written case based essay 

Weighting 35%

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

Assessment Task 3: Final exam 

Weighting 50%

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