OnlineStudy Period 4N/A

Unit description

Enables students to build on current knowledge and skills to demonstrate sound clinical judgement and reasoning based on evidence based nursing care. A systematic and comprehensive approach to health assessment and chronic health complaints will be explored.

Unit content

  • Clinical reasoning and judgement in nursing
  • Principles of comprehensive patient health assessment
  • Application of comprehensive patient health assessment
  • Principles and processes of constructive feedback
  • Documentation using the Subjective, Objective Assessment and Plan (SOAP) method


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

Study Period 4

  • 1st edition is also accepted.: Levett-Jones, T, 2018, Clinical Reasoning: Learning to think like a nurse , 2nd Edition, Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 9781488616396.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 wks)
Short written response20%
Report - patient health assessment40%

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


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

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