Course Title: Principles and Practice of Nursing 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles and Practice of Nursing 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


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


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: Dr Ruby Walter

Course Coordinator Phone: Please contact via e-mail

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

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 following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 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

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. 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

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.

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.

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 you 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.

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 (Leaning & 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-focussed professional standards throughout the course of your program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: MCQ online test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Student Clinical Skills Performance Assessment (PA)

Weighting 30%

The Performance Assessment (PA) will be conducted at the end of semester, a mark out of 30 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 10 marks. If you fail to present safe practice at this final attempt, you will not gain a pass for the course overall.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Final Examination - MCQ and Short Answer

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 6

A requirement of the course is that you must attend all laboratory sessions.

In order to pass the course, you must satisfactorily demonstrate competence in the Manual handling No Lift Competency assessment, pass the Clinical Skills Performance Assessment and achieve a 50% accumulated grade from the remaining assessment items.


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

Manual Handling No Lift competency

You are to demonstrate the ability to effectively understand and use the concepts of safe body mechanics within the clinical environment utilising the framework of “No Lift” techniques.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 6