Course Title: Principles and Practice of Nursing 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles and Practice of Nursing 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


Hamilton Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010


Sale Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Jo-Anne Rihs

Course Coordinator Phone: Please contact via e-mail

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.006

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

This course builds on knowledge and skills gained in NURS1125 Principles and Practice of Nursing 1. Foundational nursing skills in the areas of nutritional, integumentary, abdominal and neurological assessment, problem identification, documentation of healthcare data and management of functional health status will be developed to equip students with the ability to undertake supportive interventions that are appropriate to patient needs. You will be introduced to a range of diagnostic interventions and nursing skills related to the operative environment and wound management. Content includes exploring the risks associated with the health care environment and identifying resource and sustainability issues associated with patient care.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following program(s): 

BP032P04 - Bachelor of Nursing in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice

PLO 1 Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice
PLO 4 Comprehensively conducts assessments.
PLO 5 Develops a plan for nursing practice.
PLO 6 Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice.
PLO 7 Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice.

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

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.  

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills of applied health and physical examination in the areas of nutritional, integumentary, abdominal and neurological assessment.
  2. Integrate basic diagnostics into the assessment criteria for patient care.
  3. Consider the management and nursing requirements for patients experiencing episodic alterations to health.
  4. Identify the role of hospitalisation in management and nursing care of patients with altered health states and its impact on families.
  5. Elaborate the features of comprehensive, safe, professional and ethical nursing care to achieve identified individual / group outcomes.
  6. Discuss resource use and sustainability issues associated with patient care.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

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 nursing 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 the requirements for clinical nursing practice for the person with an altered state of health. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

RMIT have state of the art simulated learning facilities for student learning and practice. You will participate in simulated practice within these facilities in preparation for placement. As a part of participation you may be filmed for learning, teaching, reflection and assessment and this is considered an inherent part of our learning and teaching program. Recordings will be maintained in accordance with our assessment, document retention and privacy policies.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

This course contains hurdle requirements. 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 Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council) that you are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focused professional standards throughout the course of your program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Portfolio
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 6

Assessment Task 2: Manual Handling Skill Video and Reflection 
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Group assignment
Weighting 30%
This assessment is a group report and video presentation.
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

Assessment Task 4: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and Skills Laboratory Attendance (HURDLE Requirement)
Weighting 40% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
You must attend all nursing skills laboratory sessions and complete the following hurdles to pass this course.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.