Unit aim

Develops assessment, clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills. Students will build upon knowledge and skills in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and evidence based-practice to demonstrate skills in clinical reasoning and diagnosis. Students will identify, collate and comprehend clinical data, including laboratory and radiology, with which to make clinical decisions.

Unit content

  • Introduction to clinical reasoning
  • Hypothesis building
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Contemplating options and consequences
  • Narrative reasoning
  • Collaborative reasoning
  • Diagnostic and laboratory results
  • Cardiac and respiratory diagnostic procedures and laboratory results
  • Renal and urinary diagnostic procedures and laboratory results
  • Gastrointestinal and endocrine diagnostic procedures and laboratory results
  • Musculoskeletal and nervous system diagnostic procedures and laboratory results
  • Health information and technology
  • Documenting and communicating clinical reasoning and decisions
  • Accessing diagnostic and expert systems
  • Formulation, assessment and diagnosis in mental health nursing contexts

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

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case study60%
Exam: closed book40%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case study60%
Exam: closed book40%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case study60%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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Fee information

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