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,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Katie Hawking

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7443

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.014

Course Coordinator Availability: on appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

This course supports and extends your knowledge through a review of the normal aging process, lifelong milestones and age associated common clinical presentations.  It will provide broad and coherent knowledge readying students for professional work in a clinical setting.  The course will cover neonates, pre-schoolers, 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 clinical issues associated with the care of children, adolescents, adults and pregnant women.
  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

Lectures are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.  Group discussion will be encouraged during some of these lectures.   

Lecture material and related resources are available on CANVAS.   Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving core aspects covered in the course.   

Self-directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop independent learning and knowledge, readying you for clinical practice.   

The assessments aim to support the material covered in the lectures and provide opportunity to delve deeper into topics covered during the semester.   

The written assessment aims to develop and improve your professional writing skills, readying you for clinical practice.   

Teacher Guided Hours: 24 per semester comprising 1 x 2 hour lectures.

Learner Directed Hours: 30 per semester consisting of review of lecture material, additional suggested reading and skill acquisition (writing).

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available on CANVAS.     

The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the recommended readings. The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of primary and secondary sources. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to you.     

Wider reading is encouraged to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.     

RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.    

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.   

Assessment Tasks   

Assessment Task 1: Online quiz x2     

Weighting 20% (2 x 10%)     

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

Assessment Task 2: Written case based essay     

Weighting 25%   

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

Assessment Task 3: Infographic     

Weighting 15%     

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

Assessment Task 4: End of semester theory exam     

Weighting 40%     

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