Course Title: Confirm physical health status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

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: Laura Yeomans

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4289

Course Contact Email:

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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 online classes, incorporating power point presentations, flipped classrooms and practical activities. Self directed learning activities are also available in the Canvas to be completed at your own pace.

Teaching Schedule



SEMESTER 2, 2020                            Thursday 9:30am – 12:30pm



Class Topics and Assessments


9th Jul

Introduction to CPHS

Human body and orientation


16th Jul

Cells, tissues and organs


23rd Jul

Integumentary system


30th Jul

Skeletal system


6th Aug

Muscular system


13th Aug

Nervous system


20th Aug

Endocrine system


27th Aug

Special senses


30th Aug

ASSESSMENT 1 - Case Study 1 (online)


3rd Sept



10th Sept

Cardiovascular system


17th Sept



24th Sept

Lymphatic and Immune Systems


1st Oct

Respiratory system


4th Oct

ASSESSMENT 2 - Case Study 2 (online)


8th Oct

Digestive system


15th Oct

Urinary system


22nd Oct

Reproductive system


29th Oct

Revision of all Systems


1st Nov

ASSESSMENT 3 - Case Study 3 (online)


5th Nov

Resubmission queries in Class


12th Nov




ASSESSMENT 4 – Clinical Checklist (In Clinic)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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 - Case Study #1

Assessment Task 2 - Case Study #2

Assessment Task 3 - Case Study #3

Assessment Task 4 - Clinical observations 

Assessment Tasks

There are 4 assessments for this course.

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


Assessment Task 1, 2 & 3 - Case Study

(Due: Task 1 - 30th August, Task 2 - 4th October, Task 3 - 1st November)

Three (3) case studies will be used to demonstrate your knowledge relating to anatomy, physiology and medical terminology knowledge testing, common disorders and causes of diseases.  A case study will be given with students to complete short answer questions.


Assessment Task 4 - Clinical observations of 3 clients in the RMIT clinic must be completed before the end of Semester  (Due TBA, 2020)

Assessment Matrix

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 4.

Important information regarding Assessment Tasks:


You are permitted to have a maximum of 4 resubmissions for this course. However each individual assessment may only be resubmitted once. 

Resubmissions are not automatic and will only be approved at the discretion of the Program Coordinator, after consultation with the teacher.

All students will be contacted with 7 days by their course coordinator in regards to  resubmission completion dates.


Please note an opportunity to repeat clinical placement is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the Clinical Coordinator/Program Manager.



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 5 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 1 working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to 7 days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. 

If you require further information please contact your teacher or Program Coordinator.


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