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NUR5703 - Advanced pathophysiology & health assessment

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Sharyn Streitberg (Peninsula Campus)


Gippsland First semester 2008 (Flexible)
Peninsula First semester 2008 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2008 (Flexible)


The student will develop proficiency in health through the development of skills related to: assessment interviewing; physical appraisal; assessment data analysis; incorporating changes in health assessment related to the age of the client and cultural and ethnic variations; comprehensive, periodic and focused health assessments. All students are required to have clinical support for the duration of course.


On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of normal physiological processes;
  2. Accurately describe the aetiology, clinical manifestations and pathophysiology of a range of diseases/conditions observed in specialty practice;
  3. Accurately record an in-depth patient health history appropriate to the student's discipline'
  4. Incorporate age related differences, cultural, and ethnic variations relevant to the patient's health history;
  5. Perform and document a systematic physical health assessment utilising health assessment tools and techniques;
  6. Formulate clinical impressions based on an accurate analysis of health assessment data;
  7. Competently evaluate clinical problems and perform comprehensive health assessments in a selected area of health care.


Multiple choice and short answer tests (40%)
Health Assessment Clinical examination (30%)
Case study (30%).

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

Attendance at residential schools held oncampus.

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