Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: NURS5117C

Course Title: Confirm physical health status

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: City: Carylin Lenehan. Bundoora: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4837 / 9925 6649

Course Contact Email:,

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bruce Killey

Nominal Hours: 90

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No pre-requisities

Course Description

This unit of competency describes a detailed level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology required to confirm physical health status

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAP401A Confirm physical health status


1. Obtain information about physical health status


2. Check physical health status


3. Identify variations from normal physical health status

Learning Outcomes

The application of knowledge and skills described in this competency unit may provide information to clients or assist in the provision of health care services.

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Participate in simulations of client assessment
Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard during clinical placement

Teaching Schedule

Formal lectures throughout phase one of the program.
Some on-line content may be utilized in the teaching of this course.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marieb, E. 2009 Essentials of human anatomy and physiology (9th Ed.) Pearson International: San Fransisco


Other Resources

Harris, P, Nagy, S and Vardaxis, N 2006 Mosby’s Dictionary Medical Nursing and Allied Health  or later editions.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:

Observation in the workplace,

Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of isssues and  strategies to contribute to best practice.

Questioning : written or verbal

Assessment Tasks

Evidence of essential knowledge and understanding may be provided by:
- Anatomy & Physiology examination
- Pathophysiology examination
Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice

Assessment Matrix

Two separate Exams apply, one for the first half of the content and one for the second half of the content.    The mark will be graded from the sum of both exams.

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