Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

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

Michael Jephcott

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


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

The critical learning for this course takes place in clinical placement within the health sector and within simulations in RMIT.  You will be instructed in skills through demonstration, modelling and role play.

Skills development is supported by lectures on theory and underpinning knowledge,classroom discussions, group work, research and reflective practice.  On completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate the below mentioned outcomes satisfactorily -

  1. Obtain information about physical health status 
  2. Check physical health status
  3. Identify variations from normal physical health status

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of a number of face to face and online classes, incorporating power point presentations, flipped classrooms and practical activities. Self directed learning activities are also available in the Canvas LMS to be completed at your own pace.


Teaching Schedule

Session No.


1 – 12th Jul

Introduction to unit,causes of disease, health and wellness and disease prevention

2 – 19th Jul

Cells, Tissues and organs

3 – 26th Jul

Skin and body membranes

4 – 2nd Aug

Skeletal system

5 – 9th Aug

Muscle system

6 – 16th Aug

Nervous system

7 – 23rd Aug

Endocrine system

8 – 30th Aug

Special senses

Mid-semester Break 2nd – 6th Sep

9 – 13th Sep

Cardiovascular system and Vessels

10 – 20th Sep





Knowledge Assessment task 1 - refer to canvas for date

11 – 27th Sep

Lymphatic and immune system

12 – 4th Oct


13 – 11th Oct

Digestive system and nutrition

14 - 18th Oct

Urinary system

15 – 25th Oct

Reproductive system




Knowledge Assessment task 2 - refer to canvas for date



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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



Other Resources

There are a variety of Text books available for Anatomy and Physiology.

You are not required to purchase any specific text, however most of the teaching will be done using Marieb, E. (2018) Essentials of human anatomy and physiology. Pearson. San Francisco

Overview of Assessment

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


Assessment Task 1 - Online knowledge quiz#1

Assessment Task 2 - Online knowledge quiz#2

Assessment Task 3 - Clinical observations


Assessment Tasks

There are 3 overall assessments for this course.

 You must be deemed satisfactory for each of these assessment tasks.


Assessment Task 1 (Due: Monday 30th September 2019)  and Assessment Task 2 (Due: Thursday 7th November  2019)

Two (2) online tests of underpinning knowledge that will be made available for a over 180 minute period on a set dates through the semester.

Conditions will be applied to ensure it is your own knowledge being tested. These online tests  will incorporate anatomy, physiology and medical terminology knowledge testing.  Pass mark for this assessment tasks is 100% on 3 attempts.


Assessment Task 3 - Clinical observations of 3 clients in the RMIT clinic must be completed before the end of Semester  ( Due Friday 8th November)


Assessment Matrix


Performance Criteria

Related Assessment Task




1. Obtain information about physical health status




















2. Check physical health status














3. Identify variations from normal physical health status




















Other Information

Prior to clinical placement you will be given a clinical skills log book, and this will be the record you will require for Assessment 3.



You are permitted to have a maximum of 2 re-submissions for this course, however each individual assessment may only be resubmitted once.  Re-submissions are not automatic and will only be approved at the discretion of the program coordinator after consultation with the teacher.

All re-submissions must be completed and submitted no more than 7 days after your work has been assessed.    Please note an opportunity to repeat clinical placement is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the Clinical Coordinator/Program Manager.    

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