Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: NURS5268C

Course Title: Confirm physical health status

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4932

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bianca Rohlje

+61 3 9925 54809

Nominal Hours: 90

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This unit of competency does  not require pre-requisites.

This unit of competency is a pre-requisite for  other units within the Diploma of Nursing Program.

Course Description

This unit of competency describes a detailed level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology required to confirm physical health status. 

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge with the aid on summative assessments online and practical assessments.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status


1. Obtain information about physical health status

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Structure and functioning of body systems

1.2 Factors that impact on physical conditions

1.3 Obtain information through observation and questioning



2.Check physical health status

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check health status of body systems

2.2 Link health status to interventions

2.3 Clarify implications of health status


3.Identify variations from normal physical health status

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identification of signs and symptoms


3.2 Identification of contributing factors

3.3 Identification of risk factors

 Recognise serious health issues




Learning Outcomes

Students will be presented with;

  • Information relating to structure and function (Anatomy and Physiology) of the human body.
  • Common problems of the human body.
  • Factors which impact physical health.

Students will be able to confirm the physical health status of individuals presenting with different conditions, using anatomical and physiological information.

Details of Learning Activities


Learning activities include:

  • Classroom Teacher delivery
  • Group work
  • Self directed learning
  • Research
  • Practical sessions

Teaching Schedule


1 Introduction, cells and tissues
2 The integumentary system
3 The musculoskeletal system
4 The nervous system
5 The sensory system
6 The endocrine system
7 The cardiovascular system
8 The respiratory system
9 The lymphatic and immune systems
10 The digestive system
11 The urinary system
12 The reproductive system

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The recommended text for this unit is:

Marieb, E.N., (2014). Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (11th ed.) Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco

Blackboard videos

Practice online quizzes

Overview of Assessment

To meet the requirements of this course, students must

  • successfully complete 12 online tests directed to 12 different organ systems
  • perform client assessments on  people presenting with different conditions


Assessment Tasks


This unit is part of an integrated program.
You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

The skills and knowledge to be assessed within this unit are as follows:

1. 12 online quizzes (all questions need to be answered correctly)

2. Case study and practical assessment under simulation

Competency based training requires you to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

All Assessment tasks should be performed or submitted by their due dates.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within two (2) working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.):
• you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator one (1) working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to seven (7) days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

• you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within two (2) working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to submit the assessment task more than seven (7) days after the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

You are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab” . All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically unless otherwise advised.

Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
RMIT University has a strict policy on academic integrity and plagiarism and. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.
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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your rights and responsibilities as a student can be found at  
This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced at

Credit transfer and RPL

Credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy (unresolved)

Assessment Matrix


The assessment mapping demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency and with the performance evidence, knowledge evidence and assessment conditions for each unit.

The Assessment Matrix is available on Blackboard.

Other Information


The assessment resource for this unit is the recommended text:

Marieb, E.N., (2014). Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (11th ed.) Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco

Each assessment will be marked as either Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory.

In order to be assessed as Competent for this unit you must achieve a Satisfactory result for each assessment task.

The student is expected to attend classes, Lab sessions and Clinical Placement where applicable.

Resubmission or Reassessment of an Assessment Task:

Resubmissions of written assessments which are Not Satisfactory is not standard practice. However individual consideration may be given in consultation with the Teacher and the Program Coordinator.

Reassessment of students who have attempted to undertake a practical assessment in the Clinical Lab (resulted as Not Satisfactory), and have attended all Lab sessions will be given one (1) further opportunity to demonstrate a Satisfactory result.

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