Course Outline

NUR111 Practice Foundations

Course Coordinator:Penelope Harrison ( School:School of Health - Nursing

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

UniSC Caboolture

UniSC Fraser Coast

UniSC Gympie

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Nursing practice is a caring discipline. You will be introduced to key nursing concepts that will prepare you to engage and practice in a variety of diverse healthcare settings. The concepts investigated in this course are underpinned by the NSQHS standards and professional and ethical codes and practices. You will develop foundational skills that include therapeutic communication and key practice skills and knowledge essential for safe and quality nursing practice. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching materials. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial. 2hrs Week 1 8 times
Laboratory 1 – On campus nursing laboratory. 2hrs Week 9 5 times

Course Topics

Principles of therapeutic and multidisciplinary communication.

Communication and interviewing skills.

Introduction to law and ethical codes.

Professional and ethical practice.

Critical thinking and the nursing process.

Preparation for practice in the nursing laboratories.

Vital signs and hand hygiene.

Principles of infection control and patient hygiene and safety.

Principles of care – nutrition and elimination.

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1 Understand the regulatory and professional codes, standards and guidelines of the NMBA and their application in nursing practice. Creative and critical thinker
1.4, 1.5, 6.5
2 Understand and apply therapeutic communication skills used in nursing practice, and within the multidisciplinary team. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.2, 3.6, 3.7
3 Apply foundational knowledge of person - centred care planning and assessment in nursing practice, that is appropriate for the person’s identity, culture, and experiences. Creative and critical thinker
1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 6.1
4 Implement beginning psychomotor skills and accurate documentation practices. Knowledgeable
1.6, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 6, 6.5, 6.6
5 Apply principles and practices of academic writing and referencing. Knowledgeable
1.1, 3.5

* Competencies by Professional Body

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1.1 The RN accesses, analyses, and uses the best available evidence, that includes research findings for safe quality practice
1.2 The RN develops practice through reflection on experiences, knowledge, actions, feelings and beliefs to identify how these shape practice
1.3 The RN 1.3 respects all cultures and experiences, which includes responding to the role of family and community that underpin the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of other cultures
1.4 The RN complies with legislation, common law, policies, guidelines and other standards or requirements relevant to the context of practice when making decisions
1.5 The RN uses ethical frameworks when making decisions
1.6 The RN maintains accurate, comprehensive and timely documentation of assessments, planning, decision- making, actions and evaluations
2.1 The RN establishes, sustains and concludes relationships in a way that differentiates the boundaries between professional and personal relationships
2.2 The RN communicates effectively, and is respectful of a person’s dignity, culture, values, beliefs and rights
2.3 The RN recognises that people are the experts in the experience of their life
2.4 The RN provides support and directs people to resources to optimise health related decisions
2.5 The RN advocates on behalf of people in a manner that respects the person’s autonomy and legal capacity
2.6 The RN uses delegation, supervision, coordination, consultation and referrals in professional relationships to achieve improved health outcomes
2.7 The RN actively fosters a culture of safety and learning that includes engaging with health professionals and others, to share knowledge and practice that supports person-centred care
2.8 The RN participates in and/or leads collaborative practice
2.9 The RN reports notifiable conduct of health professionals, health workers and others.
3.1 The RN considers and responds in a timely manner to the health and well being of self and others in relation to the capability for practice
3.2 The RN provides the information and education required to enhance people’s control over health
3.5 The RN seeks and responds to practice review and feedback
3.6 The RN actively engages with the profession
3.7 The RN identifies and promotes the integral role of nursing practice and the profession in influencing better health outcomes for people
4 Standard 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments
4.1 The RN conducts assessments that are holistic as well as culturally appropriate
4.2 The RN uses a range of assessment techniques to systematically collect relevant and accurate information and data to inform practice
4.3 The RN works in partnership to determine factors that affect, or potentially affect, the health and well being of people and populations to determine priorities for action and/or for referral
5.1 The RN uses assessment data and best available evidence to develop a plan
6 Standard 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice
6.1 The RN provides comprehensive safe, quality practice to achieve agreed goals and outcomes that are responsive to the nursing needs of people
6.5 The RN practises in accordance with relevant nursing and health guidelines, standards, regulations and legislation
6.6 The RN uses the appropriate processes to identify and report potential and actual risk related system issues and where practice may be below the expected standards

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC017, SC391


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In the week 4 tutorial you will develop a draft of your Task 1 assessment. You will receive in-class tutor feedback on your draft.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1a Activity Participation Individual 0%
2 hours.
Week 3 In Class
All 1b Essay Individual 30%
1000 words.
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2a Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 5%
10 minutes
Week 10 Online Submission
All 2b Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 20%
Practical assessment and 100 words.
Week 13 In Class
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 45%
2 hours
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1a:Formative role play
You will develop and practice interpersonal communication in a specific role play activity in the week 3 tutorial. You will receive peer feedback that will allow to plan for Task 1b.
Product: Activity Participation
Engagement in a role play, the details of which will be provided to you.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to relate and incorporate knowledge of interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills in nursing practice.
Quality of interpersonal communication skills.
All - Assessment Task 1b:Essay
In the week 3 and 4 tutorial you will be given the opportunity to plan your essay in which you will reflect on your interpersonal communication skills used to build therapeutic relationships.
Product: Essay
A 1000-word essay which will incorporate a self-reflection and the use of relevant literature. You will use the current APA referencing style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Quality of the self-reflection of interpersonal communication
skills in the essay.
Ability to relate and incorporate knowledge of interpersonal and
therapeutic communication skills which is supported by accessing appropriately sourced quality literature.
Apply the principles of academic communication through demonstrating ethical use of intellectual property and referencing using the APA7 referencing style
Apply the practices of academic communication including academic language, spelling, grammar, sentence structure and paragraphs.
All - Assessment Task 2a:Practical skills
You will demonstrate mastery of a clinical skill.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
In an nursing laboratory class you will be required to make a video based on clinical skill.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Implements beginning psychomotor skill of a 20-30 second hand rub in accordance with national standards and bare below the elbow requirements
All - Assessment Task 2b:Scenario based peer assessment and reflection.
You will demonstrate knowledge of nursing practice, peer appraisal and self-reflection.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
In Week 13 nursing laboratory class you will be required to complete a peer reviewed clinical practice. This task will introduce you to the beginning practices of applying documentation and assessment practices and  giving and receiving peer-based feedback.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Implement beginning psychomotor skills and accurate documentation practices.
Reflect on foundational knowledge of assessment, documentation and person-centred care in applying safe clinical nursing practice.
All - Assessment Task 3:Examination
The goal of this task is for you to demonstrate the importance of regulatory and professional obligations of the Registered nurse and identify, relate and implement foundational nursing knowledge including interpersonal and interdisciplinary communication skills, assessment and planning used in nursing practice.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
2-hour examination.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Understand the regulatory and professional codes, standards and guidelines of the NMBA and their application in nursing practice.
Understand and apply therapeutic interpersonal, interdisciplinary communication skills used in nursing practice.
Apply foundational knowledge of person-centred care planning and assessment in clinical nursing practice, that are appropriate for the person's identity, culture and experience.
Knowledge of beginning psychomotor skills and accurate documentation practices.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required AUDREY & FRANDSEN BERMAN (GERALYN & SNYDER, SHIRLEE ET AL.),Geralyn Frandsen,Shirlee Snyder,Tracy Levett-Jones,Adam Burston,Trudy Dwyer,Majella Hales,Nichole Harvey,Lorna Moxham,Tanya Langtree,Kerry Reid-Searl,Flora Rolf,David Stanley 2020 Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Volumes 1-3 5th Australian edition n/a
Required Berman, Snyder, Levett-Jones, Burton, Harvey 2020 Skills in Clinical Nursing 2nd Pearson
Recommended USC 2022 NUR111 Practice Foundations Workbook n/a USC

Specific requirements

Prior to commencing the nursing laboratory based classes in Week 9 you will be required to complete the Nursing Laboratory Induction Quiz which will be available on Canvas.

If the laboratory session has any formal assessment item(s) associated with it, these must be completed even if you have an acceptable reason for non-attendance of that class. It is the student’s responsibility to access the available resources on CANVAS to meet the learning objectives. Failure to satisfactorily complete the tutorial/laboratory work and any associated assessment items may severely impede your chances of meeting the learning outcomes of this course. You are required to wear fully enclosed shoes and uniform during all nursing laboratory classes.
All nursing laboratory classes must be attended.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all studio and laboratory classes and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risk concerns may include equipment, instruments, and tools; as well as manual handling items within the laboratory. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks will be penalised at the following maximum rate:

- 5% (of the assessment task’s identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
- 10% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the third day
- 20% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task.
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late.

To request an extension, you must contact your Course Coordinator and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.


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