PGW5202 - Wound assessment - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Adriana Tiziani


Ms Adriana Tiziani

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at

Unit guides




PGW5102 (PGW1102)


Previously coded PGW5102


Wound assessment provides the foundation for developing an appropriate care plan for the individual with a wound. To be able to effectively conduct an assessment of an acute or chronic wound, it is important that the clinician has a clear understanding of the patient's personal environment along with the underlying aetiology and characteristics of the wound. This subject aims to provide a comprehensive systematic approach to wound assessment that underpins subsequent units within the course.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Integrate physical, psychosocial and environmental components into comprehensive wound assessment.
  2. Critically appraise frameworks as tools for systematic assessment of a wound.
  3. Incorporate wound measurement, exudate assessment, wound bed tissue identification, wound tunnelling and undermining and pain assessment into systematic wound assessment.
  4. Describe and develop a multidisciplinary team approach to management resulting from the assessment process.
  5. Identify and utilise criteria used to monitor and evaluate wound healing progress.
  6. Formulate a wound assessment chart to assess and communicate wound healing progress at a patient, local and organisational level.


Two minor assignments: 30%

Major written assignment: 45% (hurdle)

Participation in online discussion boards: 25%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in online discussion boards or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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