Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Mr Simon Edgecombe



  • First semester 2016 (Flexible)


  • First semester 2016 (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 the course.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between normal physiological aspects and pathological processes of common disease conditions in Australia.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the sequence of cellular events preceding cell death and cellular alterations.
  3. Accurately describe and interpret the aetiology, clinical manifestations and pathophysiology of a range of diseases/conditions observed in specialty practice in respiratory, cardiac, renal system and shock.
  4. Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex principles used to assess a patient, in all age groups, within a clinical setting.
  5. Accurately record an in-depth patient health history and assessment findings appropriate to the student's discipline.
  6. Incorporate, and reflect critically, age related differences, cultural, and ethnic variations relevant to the patient's health history.
  7. Demonstrate, evaluate, implement and analyse the prioritised nursing assessment of a complex patient and apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice.


Multiple choice, EMQ and short answer examination (2 hours) (60%)
Health Assessment Clinical Examination; Complex Health Assessment (3,000 words) (Pass / Fail)
Case study (2,000 words) (40%)

Students must achieve a pass grade on both the multiple choice / short answer examination and the Health Assessment Clinical Examination to achieve a pass in the unit.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Attendance at residential schools held oncampus.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study