Unit description

Develops further the clinical skills required in the holistic assessment of the individual. Emphasis is on cue recognition of physical signs and symptoms of unwellness and disease. Practical methods for the management of common problems encountered in clinical practice will also be studied, along with legal aspects of health care practice. 

Unit content

Topic 1: Features of holistic clinical assessment

Topic 2: Clinical signs and symptoms of unwellness and disease

Topic 3: Case history taking and recording

Topic 4: Physical examination of bodily systems running parallel with Clinical Diagnosis I: gastrointestinal, respiratory, integumentary, endocrine and haematological systems

Topic 5: Integrated approaches to the management of common clinical problems

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 2

  • Bickley, L, 2013, Bates’ guide to physical examination and history taking, 11th edn, Walters Klewer Health / Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours
Practical session 2 hours (12 weeks)
Short written responseSR
Clinical skills logbookSR
Role play taskSR
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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