Unit description

Builds on anatomy and physiology knowledge to develop knowledge and skills in nursing assessment and beginning level nursing interventions. Practice in nursing laboratory sessions and simulated rehearsal prepares students for professional experience placement.

Unit content

  • Principles of therapeutic communication
  • Communication strategies
  • Transcultural communication
  • Communication in challenging situations
  • Health interview models
  • Health assessment models
  • Manual handling techniques
  • Functional assessment: Skin hair & nails
  • Biometric measurements and vital signs
  • Functional assessment: Cardiac and respiratory function
  • Functional assessment: musculoskeletal & central / peripheral nervous function
  • Functional assessment: gastrointestinal function
  • Functional assessment: Urinary function
  • National inpatient medication record
  • Medication Administration 1
  • Medication Administration 2

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

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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