Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: NURS5362C

Course Title: Confirm physical health status

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Joanne Spriggs

+61 3 9925 4289

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

There are no pre-requisites for this unit.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client’s physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
This unit applies to individuals working directly with clients and who assist in the provision of health care services. Some disciplines may be subject to state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status


1. Obtain information about physical health status

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Obtain accurate information about physical health status through observation, questioning or review of documentation

1.2 Interpret information based on understanding of the structure and functioning of body systems

1.3 Use information to identify any actual or potential problems regarding health status

1.4 Take into account factors that may have impacted on an identified physical condition



2. Check physical health status

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Make checks of client health status prior to delivery of health intervention using knowledge of body systems

2.2 Clarify significance of physical health status in relation to a particular intervention in line with job role and organisation requirements

2.3 Clarify implications and significance of physical health status with appropriate people in the case of uncertainty or limits on own capability or authority



3. Identify variations from normal physical health status

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify variations from normal health status using standard methods and protocols

3.2 Identify potential factors responsible for significant variations from normal health status

3.3 Identify potential risk factors associated with variations from normal health status

3.4 Recognise and refer potentially serious issues in line with organisation requirements


Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at A combination of activities will support students learning in this course, such as: Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning

Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experience

Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics

Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas • Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information

Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts

To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform

It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice assessment, treatment and palpation. 

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule - Anatomy & Physiology 

Group A: 9:30am - 12:30pm - Friday Mornings

Group B: 1:30pm - 4:30pm - Friday Afternoons


Date                          Subject Outline/Activities

09/02/18                    The Human Body and Orientation - Discussion of body systems and


16/02/18                    Cells: the living units - body systems and homeostasis

23/02/18                    Integumentary system - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Cells

02/03/18                    Skeletal system - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Integumentary system

09/03/18                  Wet lab Session 1: Long Bone Dissection

16/03/18                    Muscular system - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Skeletal system

23/03/18                    Nervous system A Conditions - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Muscular system

Good Friday Public Holiday - Friday 30th March 2018

Mid Semester Break 02/04/18 - 06/04/18

13/04/18                    Nervous system B ANS & Sensory Organs - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Conditions

20/04/18                    Endocrine system - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Sensory organs

27/04/18                    Cardiovascular system A Blood - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Endocrine

04/05/18                    Cardiovascular system B Heart & Blood Vessels - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Blood

11/05/18                    Respiratory system - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Blood vessels

18/05/18                    Lymphatic and Immune system - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Respiratory

25/05/18                    Digestive system - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Lymphatic & Immune system

01/06/18                    Urinary system - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Digestive system 

08/06/18                  Wet lab Session 2: Heart & Kidney Dissection

15/06/18                  Reproductive system - Weekly Turnitin Submission: Urinary & Reproductive                                     systems


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marieb, E 2015 Essentials of human anatomy & physiology, Pearson Education Limited, Essex, England



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment Tasks

 1. Weekly Turnitin Submission.

2. Practical Demonstration in Clinic

Assessment Tasks

1. Assessment Task 1: Weekly Turnitin - Anatomy and Physiology Questions:

For each of the human body systems discussed in class, you will be required to complete a table containing specific criteria. This task will require you to complete a template provided, and submit your work weekly via Turnitin on Blackboard. You will be given one week to complete this task, with assessment submissions being due ONE week after the topic is covered is covered in class. Each submission will be due by the following Friday by 11:59pm. Submissions made after this time will not be accepted. See the Teaching Schedule for a detailed listing of  Turnitin submission due dates.


Please be aware that Turnitin is able to detect copyright infringements and the duplication of information. Please ensure that all work submitted is your own, and is in accordance with the Harvard style of referencing. You must acknowledge your sources according to the Harvard Style of referencing.  Use the prescribed text or another pre-approved text. Internet sources will not be accepted. Please ensure you submit each task weekly, as late submissions will NOT be accepted.

 2. Assessment Task 2: Practical Demonstration in Clinic

There will be aspects of this co-delivered unit that need to be demonstrated within your clinical practice in the Remedial Massage student clinic. You will be required to successfully complete your Client Log in your Clinic Manual, and be signed off as satisfactory (S) by your Clinic Supervisor.


Students must demonstrate competency in each listed assessment task in order to be deemed satisfactory for the unit.

Assessment Matrix

Course Overview: Access Course Overview