Course Title: Physical Assessment, Therapeutics and Mental Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physical Assessment, Therapeutics and Mental Health

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: A/Professor Phil Maude

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7447

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with opportunities to develop physical health assessment modalities that are particularly related to iatrogenic disorders arising in mental health presentations such as cardiac and metabolic syndromes. An overview of physical health assessment of the human body and normal parameters for physiological variables in health will consolidate and build on knowledge and skills from your previous studies. Assessment and care planning for people with co morbid conditions, hard to treat presentations and early detection strategies for risk of health care deterioration are all addressed. An exploration of Psychopharmacology and therapeutic work based on the THORN initiative for working with long term mentally ill and recovery based interventions is considered

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for MC268 Master of Mental Health Nursing in the following ways. The Mental Health Nurse:

• PLO 4: Collaboratively plans and provides ethically based care consistent with the mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural needs of the individual.
• PLO 5: Values the contributions of other agencies and stakeholders in the collaborative provision of holistic, evidence based care and in ensuring comprehensive service provision for people with mental health issues.
• PLO 6: Actively pursues opportunities to reduce stigma and promotes social inclusion and community participation for all people with mental health issues.
• PLO 7: Demonstrates evidence based practice and actively promotes practice innovation through lifelong education, research, professional development, clinical supervision and reflective practice.
• PLO 8: Practices by incorporating and reflecting common law requirements, relevant statutes and the nursing profession’s code of conduct and ethics. Integrates international, national, local and state policies

On completion of this course you should be able to:
• CLO 1: Review normal parameters of health and physiology in the adult human and identify abnormalities.
• CLO 2: Critique concepts of ‘normal’ ageing and complications in health due to ageing.
• CLO 3: Describe the impact of psychotherapeutic agents on body systems, in particular the cardiac and endocrine systems.
• CLO 4: Identify assessment, monitoring and intervention strategies for complications such as metabolic disorder.
• CLO 5: Critically evaluate nursing systems for monitoring pharmacological treatments for mental illness and promoting adherence using health teaching strategies.
• CLO 6: Conceptually map rehabilitative therapeutic models for recovery such as the THORN initiative.
• CLO 7: Formulate strategies to work with consumers to manage risk and implement recovery focussed care planning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of lectures, class discussion and self-directed learning exercises including directed reading of academic literature to provide a solid theoretical basis to help you to achieve professional practice.
The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Your assessments will primarily take the form of written work requiring reflection and critical analysis. Your participation in classroom or on line activities will also form part of your summative grade.

Total Study Hours

Teacher Directed: 36
Independent Learning: 84

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include lecture notes, self-directed learning packages, and targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Course material will be delivered via Echo, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A Library Subject Guide is available at

Overview of Assessment

This course has no HURDLE requirements

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Physical Health Assessment/Pharmacology Workbook


Related course learning outcomes: CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Assessment 2: Therapeutic patient education strategy 50%

Weighting: 50%

Related course learning outcomes: CLO5, CLO6, CLO7

Assessment 3: Reflective learning Activities

Weighting: 10%

Related course learning outcomes: CLO1- CLO7