Course Title: Undertake basic client assessment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NURS5130C

Course Title: Undertake basic client assessment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora 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

Nominal Hours: 30

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

HLTAP401A Confirm physical health status
HLTEN402A Communicate effectively in a nursing role

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required of an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse in contributing to the development of
individualised health care plans by collection of data captured during a client’s
preliminary and ongoing health assessments. Assessment is based on a lifespan approach

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN403A Undertake basic client assessment


1. Collect data that contributes to client health care plan


2. Undertake client assessment for admission and discharge


3. Analyse client health assessment data and observations


4. Contribute to the development of individual care plans for clients


5. Prepare for client discharge

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1 & 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marieb, E. 2006 Essentials of anatomy and physiology Benjamin Cummings: San Fransisco
Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2009 Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing 2nd Ed. Elsevier: Sydney


Chabner, DE. 2003 Medical Terminology: a short course Saunders: Philadelphia
Harris, P, Nagy, S and Vardaxis, N 2006 Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Elsevier:Sydney

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:
Observation in the workplace.
Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Questioning: written or verbal

Assessment Tasks

Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice
Staff and/or client feedback
Supporting statement of supervisor
Authenticated evidence of relevant work experience and/or formal/informal learning
Role play simulation
Exam/ test

Assessment Matrix

A summative examination assessing underpinning knowledge of normal ranges of assessment criteria, recording and reporting processes will be required. The test will constitute 100% of the required marks.
Observation and assessment of simulated scenarios throughout delivery.
Observation and assessment of clinical competencies will be ongoing during clinical placements.
To achieve competency assignment must be completed by due date and related clinical competencies achieved

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