Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: NURS5362C

Course Title: Confirm physical health status

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4367 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

There are no prerequisites or corequisites for this unit of competency

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client’s physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
This unit applies to individuals working directly with clients and who assist in the provision of health care services. Some disciplines may be subject to state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and
where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.
This course includes clinical placement

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status


1. Obtain information about physical health status

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Obtain accurate information about physical health status through observation, questioning or review of documentation 1.2 Interpret information based on understanding of the structure and functioning of body systems 1.3 Use information to identify any actual or potential problems regarding health status 1.4 Take into account factors that may have impacted on an identified physical condition


2. Check physical health status

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Make checks of client health status prior to delivery of health intervention using knowledge of body systems 2.2 Clarify significance of physical health status in relation to a particular intervention in line with job role and organisation requirements 2.3 Clarify implications and significance of physical health status with appropriate people in the case of uncertainty or limits on own capability or authority


3. Identify variations from normal physical health status

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify variations from normal health status using standard methods and protocols 3.2 Identify potential factors responsible for significant variations from normal health status 3.3 Identify potential risk factors associated with variations from normal health status 3.4 Recognise and refer potentially serious issues in line with organisation requirements

Learning Outcomes

The critical learning for this course takes place in clinical placement within the health sector and within simulations in RMIT.

You will be instructed in skills through demonstration, modelling and roleplay.

Skills development is supported by lectures on theory and underpinning knowledge,
classroom discussions, group work, research and reflective practice.

On completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate the below mentioned outcomes satisfactorily -

  1. Obtain information about physical health status 
  2. Check physical health status
  3. Identify variations from normal physical health status

Details of Learning Activities


A combination of activities will support students learning in this course, such as:

- Face to face and or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course . The students will be provided with self study materials as well.
- Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL), during simulations and classroom based learning
- Observations of performance in the clinical placement or simulated environment will be a valuable part of your learning experience
- Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
- Online discussion and activities support you to collaborate with other students in your course and debate and debate and discuss ideas( optional activities only) 
- Self directed study time to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
- To further facilitate learning, students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform


Teaching Schedule


Clustered teaching schedule for Recognise Healthy Body systems and Confirm Physical Health Status( Group AH19and A19H)-

Please check the dates on timetable for the class sessions and times.


Session No. 



Introduction to unit, orientation, body basic chemistry


Cells, Tissues and organs


Skin and body membranes


Skeletal system/ practical


Muscle system 


Nervous system


Endocrine system


 Special senses




Written assessment 1


Cardiovascular system/ practical


 Lymphatic and immune system


Respiratory system / practical


Digestive system and nutrition


Urinary system


Reproductive system 


causes of disease, health status


Practical work and practical assessment


Written assessment 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marieb, E. ( Ninth Edition) Essentials of human anatomy and physiology Benjamin Cummings: San Fransisco



Other Resources

RMIT Library

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks-

Assessment Task 1: Written assessment 1

This assessment task supports knowledge assessment

Assessment Task 2: Written assessment 2
This assessment task supports knowledge assessment

Assessment Task 3: Clinical placement
This assessment task supports learning outcomes 1, 2 & 3

You will be provided with an assessment overview for the course and a descriptor for each assessment task.
Feedback is provided on each assessment

Assessment Tasks


There are three assessment tasks that you must successfully complete in full in order to be deemed competent in this unit:



Assessment Code







Written Assessment 1

( Lectures 1-9) 


 10th August 2018





Written Assessment 2

 (Lectures 10-16)

7th Nov. 2018





Clinical Placement; 3 different case studies

 Clinical Placement commencing April 2019

Evidence log book



You will be provided with an assessment overview for the course and a descriptor for each assessment task through Canvas
Feedback is provided on each assessment


The students will receive satisfactory/ not yet satisfactory result for each assessment task. The students can receive Competency achieved/ Not yet competent result for this competency.

The details about the assessments will be posted on canvas


The students are required to receive satisfactory result in each task to receive a competency achieved results for this competency


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course will be delivered and assessed in cluster with Recognise Healthy Body Systems( HWSS 6065C) 

AT1, AT2 and AT4 assessment tasks are for course-HLTAAP002


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