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2020 unit offering information will be available in September 2019

Unit aim

Provides students with both the philosophical understanding and practice in the construction of thinking, knowledge, and ways of reasoning and concepts of care. Students examine ways in which nurses use knowledge, inquire, make assumptions and form values in nursing practice. With this knowledge the student is provided with the opportunity to acquire, practise and demonstrate foundational communication, observation, concepts of care and assessment skills that underpin nursing, care practice and therapeutic relationships.

Unit content

  • Reasoning, knowledge and logic
  • Thinking, knowing and reasoning (thinking processes)
  • Critical thought and reflection
  • Knowing self and understanding others
  • Cognition: ages and stages
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Building self-resilience
  • Stigma and marginalisation
  • Biases and racism
  • Concepts of Care
  • Development of nursing knowledge and theories
  • Communicating to care (empathy)
  • Communication techniques including verbal/non-verbal/documentation/transcultural communication
  • Communication in difficult situations – language difficulties
  • Health assessment – the interview, documentation techniques, principles and skills.
  • Manual handling, falls assessment and ambulation
  • Hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, universal precautions
  • Personal hygiene, sleep and rest, pressure care

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

  • Stein-Parbury, J, 2018, Patient and Person, 6th edn, Elsevier, Sydney. ISBN: 9780729542562.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 hrs (4 wks)
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (8 wks)
Assessment
Presentation30%
Quiz10%
Report60%
Compliance for practicum SR

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 hrs (4 wks)
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (8 wks)
Assessment
Presentation30%
Quiz10%
Report60%
Compliance for practicum SR

Lismore

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 hrs (4 wks)
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (8 wks)
Assessment
Presentation30%
Quiz10%
Report60%
Compliance for practicum SR
Notice

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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