Course Title: Principles and Practice of Nursing 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles and Practice of Nursing 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020


Hamilton Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010


Sale Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Dr Ian McGrath

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7455

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.003

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the foundational theoretical and practical skills which form the basis for future clinical practice and quality patient care. You will review the historical development of nursing and frameworks of contemporary nursing care in Australia. You will examine nursing knowledge and develop associated foundational skills necessary for the provision of safe and effective care. Concepts of health and wellness will be used to enable the student to consider the appropriate nursing care for a variety of clinical situations. A range of foundational nursing skills will be developed including, communication, physical assessment, problem identification, documentation of healthcare data, management of functional health status and promotion of comfort and safety that will equip students with the ability to undertake supportive interventions that are appropriate to patient needs.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP032 Bachelor of Nursing Program in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

PLO 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships

PLO 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments

PLO 5: Develops a plan for nursing practice

PLO 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Review the role of nursing practice in the applied clinical setting and identify the frameworks for nursing care and clinical decision making. 
  2. Introduce and elaborate key concepts related to foundational nursing knowledge and skills.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills of applied health and physical examination in the areas of history taking, cardiovascular and respiratory assessment.
  4. Identify appropriate verbal and written communication strategies to deal with patients their families and other members of the health care team.
  5. Identify the features of comprehensive, safe and effective evidence-based nursing care.
  6. Discuss and employ the principles of Occupational Health and Safety for patients and staff in the clinical practice setting.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course, you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to clinical practice. Assessment of your nursing skill acquisition will be undertaken in the simulated clinical laboratory setting using skill demonstration, viva voce and hurdle assessment.

Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, video capture and distribution, electronic discussion board forums simulated clinical laboratory and practice laboratories.

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of foundational nursing practice. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: Self-directed learning activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

Assessment associated with this course requires you to demonstrate a sound theoretical knowledge base as a rationale for competent safe nursing practice grounded in relevant legislative guidelines. The assessments will comprise both formative and summative review and incorporate a variety of assessment modes.

The content provided in this course will develop over the semester and you will be expected to identify how this knowledge relates to previous learning undertaken.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester which will consist of face to face lectures, laboratories and online materials

Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester self-directed study and time used to prepare for assessment tasks. It is expected that students practice the clinical skills learned in this semester.  

Overview of Learning Resources


The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all material chosen will be digitally available. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such recorded lectures, online discussion, and online materials. Tutorials and the simulated laboratory learning setting will be used to enhance learning in a safe and supported environment. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site. 

A library subject guide is available at

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Case Study Assignment 1,500 words

Weighting 30%

This assessment measures CLOs 1,2,4,5,6

Assessment 2: Performance Assessment and Skills Laboratory Attendance

Weighting 20% (HURDLE)

The Performance Assessment (PA) will be conducted at the end of semester, a mark out of 20 will be allocated. The marking guide will be based on the ANMAC competencies for each clinical skill. You are expected to address all three domains of learning – cognitive, affective and psychomotor.

If you do not gain a pass for the performance assessment, you will be offered only one further opportunity to demonstrate a safe level of practice prior to the end of semester Course Assessment Committee meeting.

If you perform the skill safely at a second attempt, the total marks for this attempt will not exceed 15 10 marks. If you fail to present safe practice at this final attempt, you will not gain a pass for the course overall.

You are required to attend all skills laboratory sessions.

This assessment measures CLO 3

Assessment 3: Final Examination

Weighting 50%

A two-hour closed book examination will be held during the examination period.

This assessment measures CLOs 1,2,4,5


You must attend all nursing skills laboratory sessions and complete the following hurdle to pass this course.

Hand Hygiene Competency (HURDLE)

You are to demonstrate the ability to effectively reduce the risk of infection by hand washing / performing hand hygiene and using Debug. As this skill is related to patient safety, failure to complete this assessment will result in a fail grade for this course. You are to present a completed ‘Hand Hygiene Australia’ competency certificate

This assessment measures CLOs 2,4,5,6