Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: NURS5118C

Course Title: Confirm physical health status

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5246 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: Kalpana Raghunathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99256649

Course Contact Email:

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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

This unit should be assessed in conjunction with competency units related to assessment of clients for a particular area of health care delivery (eg enrolled nursing).

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


HLTAP401A /01 Obtain information about physical health status
HLTAP401A /02 Check physical health status
HLTAP401A /03 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
Some on-line learning components may be included.

Teaching Schedule

Lectures and self directed learning throughout phase one. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


Other Resources

as supplied in class.

Overview of Assessment

Written Anatomy & Physiology Examination and Pathophysiology examinations
Observation in the workplace with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.

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
Staff and/or client feedback

Assessment Matrix

Two summative examinations assessing knowledge on Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology will be required, one assessing the first half of the course and one the second half.
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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