Core Module Information
Module title: Assessment of Acute Illness and Health assessment (Singapore)

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NUR09715
Module leader: Susan Dawkes
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Centre for Health and Wellbeing

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Systematic assessment to determine illness / deterioration and comprehensive assessment of health. Taking a history from a patient and consideration of common presentations of acute illness and deterioration. Revision of pathophysiology related to common respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine and gastro-intestinal diseases to underpin assessment. Models/approaches to aid clinical decision-making and utilisation of appropriate assessment / diagnostic tools. Interpretation of clinical findings. Plan and document evidence-based care for patients with common diseases. Relevant legal/ethical issues. Team working and communication issues related to patient assessment. Use of peer assessment to facilitate learning.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Apply knowledge of how to undertake a comprehensive, systematic health assessment of patients in a simulated environment.
LO2: Interpret information gained from assessment to enable a plan of care to be created.
LO3: Formulate and document an evidence-based plan of care for patients with common presentations of acute illness and deterioration
LO4: Formulate and document an evidence-based plan of care for patients for patients who have undergone a health assessment.
LO5: Critically appraise literature to enable rationales to be given for the care planned.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SINGAPORE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Susan Dawkes
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module will use a learner centred approach to learning, teaching and assessment. The theoretical content of the module and on-line support will be provided through a virtual learning environment (VLE), Moodle. The content of the module will be delivered using a variety of methods such as on-line using the VLE, face-to-face tutorials and simulated clinical practice sessions.

Practical input covering LOs 1 – 4, will involve a variety of clinical skill workshops and simulated practice sessions using medium and low fidelity manikins and actor patients – i.e. students will be able to use the skills they have learned within practice-based scenarios. The module will use authentic patient scenarios to help students explore and improve their knowledge of patient assessment, history taking, care planning and clinical decision making. The practical sessions should encourage the student to relate theory to practice and vice versa, and will draw upon the support materials provided on the VLE. Learning will be aligned to the module outcomes by providing an opportunity during the practical sessions for students to systematically assess a patient, and through clinical decision making, act upon their findings appropriately by formulating a plan of care (LOs 1,2, 3, 4) in a simulated environment. They will consolidate and demonstrate clinical skills during these sessions and be encouraged to reflect upon their practice.

The theoretical content of module will be divided into manageable units and offered to students in a sequential order from weeks 2 – 12. The theoretical content will include media clips, podcasts and written stories from service users and carers. Theoretically students will assess patients and gain knowledge of how to effectively take a history from them, they will interpret the data from the assessment and apply their knowledge of physiology and pathophysiology to make sense of the patients’ data and plan any investigations necessary to aid diagnosis.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be given to students throughout the module via online discussions on the VLE.

In preparation for the summative assessment, students will be given the opportunity around the mid-point of the trimester to participate in a peer-assessed practical assessment. The practical assessment will test the students’ knowledge and practical application related to learning outcomes 1 and 2. This formative assessment will be facilitated by local tutors and will see students receive feedback from their peers on the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of their patient assessments.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will have one component.
Centrally timetabled exam:
This will involve an invigilated written examination in the assessment weeks of the trimester. This three hour exam will use a patient case-study approach to assess LOs 1 – 5. Students will be asked to provide written evidence of how they would assess patients in health and illness and subsequently, how they interpret the information gained from the assessment to inform their clinical decision-making. They would be expected to use and cite contemporary literature to provide justification for the plans of care they formulate.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 36
Face To Face Tutorial 14
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 127
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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