NUR1112 - Fundamental skills and knowledge for nursing and midwifery practice 1 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Mr James Bonnamy


Colleen Kelly (Clayton)
James Bonnamy (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: D0502, M2006, M3007


This unit introduces students to the structure and function of the human body together with pharmacological concepts to inform the development of key nursing and midwifery practice concepts.

Knowledge of the structure and function of the human body will enable students to undertake and interpret findings of a systematic health assessment of the physiological and psychosocial aspects of a person and relate these to factors that affect health across the lifespan.

Students will apply their knowledge of cells and tissues, the nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems to fundamental nursing and midwifery skills in a simulated clinical environment.

The unit also provides students with the opportunity to investigate the evidence for essential nursing and midwifery skills.


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

  1. Identify and describe the normal structure and function of body systems including basic biochemistry and homeostasis as they affect health across the lifespan;
  2. Describe the normal structure and function of cells and tissues, and the associated nursing and midwifery practice considerations;
  3. Describe the normal structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems, the cardiovascular and respiratory systems as they pertain to a systematic health assessment;
  4. Identify and apply the principles of accountable documentation in the recording of systematic health assessment data;
  5. Outline the principles of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics necessary for safe medication administration;
  6. Apply knowledge of the nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the measurement and documentation of vital signs and undertaking an ECG;
  7. Outline the supporting evidence for fundamental nursing and midwifery skills.
  8. Demonstrate satisfactory performance of fundamental nursing and midwifery skills including assessment of vital signs.


  • Final Examination Notes Preparation (10%)
  • Final Examination (3 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Clinical Skills Assessment (Vital Signs) (20 Minutes) (15%) (Hurdle)
  • Mid-Semester Bioscience Online Quiz (Respondus Lock down browser) (60 Minutes) (15%)
  • Moodle Activities (5,000 words) (20%)

Students must submit a domestic and international (where required) police check, working with children check, immunisation compliance forms and evidence of serology to pass the unit and be allocated a clinical placement.

The costs associated with these requirements are at the student's expense:

Workload requirements

10 hours of teacher facilitated study per week, including 4 hours of lectorials, 1 hour of nursing workshops, 1 hour of clinical learning environment time, 2 hours of bioscience tutorials and 2 hours of bioscience practicals (fortnight).

12 hours of student directed private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students are required to attend all scheduled workshops, clinical learning environment sessions, tutorials and practical classes unless documentary evidence (such as a medical certificate or statutory declaration) is provided.

Minimum attendance to pass the unit is 80%.

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