Course Outline

NUR751 Advanced Health Assessment

Course Coordinator:Anthony Summers ( School:School of Health - Nursing

2024Semester 1


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course builds upon knowledge and skills to provide you with an opportunity to develop advanced skills in the area of comprehensive health assessment and screening. A bio psychosocial approach is used to explore assessment and related case management strategies. You will be provided with opportunities to develop a wide range of clinical assessment strategies for a range of individuals who commonly present in your practice area with physical or mental health concerns, using a systems approach. Strong links are established between theory and the practice environment.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online – Directed learning materials available online throughout semester. Expectation is for students to engage in 3 hours directed learning per week for a 13 week semester. 3hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Advanced skills in comprehensive health assessment

Advanced skills in health screening

Application of a bio psychosocial approach to health care management of a patient with a history of condition specific to focus area

Establishment of links between theory and practice 


What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

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 Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Collect, analyse and integrate clinical scenarios with scientific knowledge Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Apply advanced professional skills required for the screening and/or assessment of patients with alterations in health Creative and critical thinker
3 Design Health Management Plans and Holistic Care Plans Knowledgeable

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 SC546, SC742, SC423, SC420 or SC514


Not applicable


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

Early feedback will be provided through responses from the course coordinator to the Canvas discussion board posts. 

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 1 Written Piece Individual 20%
1500 words +/- 10%
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Essay Individual 40%
2000 words +/-10%
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Case Study Individual 40%
Case Study - 2000 words +/-10% 
Reflection - 1000 words +/-10%
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Advance health assessment reflection
The purpose of this assessment is for you to identify what advanced health assessment means to you and how it is used in your professional context.  You are to identify two models or tools of advanced health assessment you regularly use.  Then supporting your reflection with evidence from research and other sources explore why these models or tools are advanced health assessments.
Product: Written Piece
Identify and reflect on what Advanced Health Assessment means to you (500 words)
Identify two Advanced Health Assessment Tools or Investigations and analyse why they are classed as Advanced Health Assessment (1000 words)
 Explore how these Tools/Investigations link to patient care
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification of two clearly articulated models of advanced health assessment
The relevance and use of research and other evidence to support the discussion and the
model of advanced health assessment
Literacy conventions including the use of APA (7th edn) referencing, structure and
All - Assessment Task 2:Written assignment - Review of an Advanced Health Assessment Tool
The purpose of this assignment is for you to explore and analyse in-depth one of the advanced health assessment tools you identified in Task 1.  This exploration will analyse the origins of the tool, including the sample population used to test the tool and then compare these origins to the tool's current use.  Critiquing how it has changed and analysing how it informs patient care from a nursing, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary view.
Product: Essay
Identify and discuss the development and validation of one of the advanced health assessment tools identified in Task 1
Critique how the tool may have changed since its inception
 Discuss how this tool contributes to the nursing, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary care of the patient
Use contemporary research and other evidence to support your discussion
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Depth of analysis and discussion around the creation and validation of the advanced health assessment tool
to the development of management plans and the role they play in multidisciplinary care
1 2
Depth of analysis and discussion regarding the current use of the advanced health assessment tool, compared to its inception
discipline requirements
The relevance and use of research and other evidence to support the discussion
1 3
Literacy conventions including the use of APA (7th edn) referencing, structure and grammar
All - Assessment Task 3:Case study - Use of an Advanced Health Assessment Tool and Reflection
The goal of this assessment is to conduct an advanced health assessment using the tool explored in Task 2 and report the findings of this assessment.  Then to reflect on how you use the tool and how your understanding of advanced health assessment has changed throughout this course.
Product: Case Study
Conduct advanced health assessment on 2 patients using the advanced health assessment tool identified in Task 2 and report your findings
Discuss how these findings contribute to the development of a management plan for these patients and highlight any barriers and enablers that present themselves
 Provide a reflection on your experience of using this advanced health assessment tool and how your views of advanced health assessment have or haven't changed since the start of this course.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Articulation of the model of advanced health assessment in clinical practice as evidenced
by a description of the health assessment conducted
1 2
Discussion of the findings and how they contributed to the management plan
2 3
Depth of analysis and discussion of the barriers and enablers that influenced the health
assessment, reporting of the findings and their contribution to the development of the
management plan
2 3
The relevance and use of research and other evidence to support the discussion
1 3
Literacy conventions including the use of APA (6th edn) referencing, structure and grammar.

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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety 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

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 may 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 after 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 to negotiate an outcome.


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