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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Flexible)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Flexible)
Clayton Full year 2011 (Flexible)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Flexible)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Ms Sharyn Streitberg (Peninsula Campus), Ms Tracey McConnell-Henry (Gippsland Campus)


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 (60%)
Health Assessment Clinical Examination (Pass/Fail)
Case study (40%).

** Students must achieve a combined pass grade on the multiple choice/ Short answer tests, including the Health Assessment Clinical Examination.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Catherine Chung

Off-campus attendance requirements

Attendance at residential schools held oncampus.