Unit aim

Introduces and develops the clinical skills of physical examination and case taking required in holistic health assessment. Emphasis is on cue recognition of physical signs and symptoms of unwellness and disease. Formulation of management plans for common clinical problems will also be introduced. Learning will be supported by both internal and external supervised clinical placements.

Unit content

Topic 1: Holistic clinical assessment of the individual

Topic 2: Clinical signs and symptoms of unwellness and disease

Topic 3: Case history taking

Topic 4: Physical examination of specified systems

Topic 5: Clinical assessment issues in certain specialties 

Topic 6: Health law pertaining to clinical practice

Topic 7: Professionalism and communication skills in clinical practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Practical session 2 hours (12 weeks)
Clinical 6 hours (12 weeks)
Clinical skills logbookSR
Reflective writingSR
Short written responseSR
Clinical Skills Role PlaySR
Exam: practicalSR

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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