Module title: Health & Physical Assessment in Nursing (Singapore/International)

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

Module code: NUR09719
Module leader: Susan Dawkes
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Long Term Conditions


2018/9, 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 be delivered using a blended approach to learning and teaching using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - known as ‘Moodle’) and lectures to deliver theoretical content in relation to LOs 1 to 4. Tutorials using small group work and practical sessions will be used to relate theory to practice so that practical skills in health assessment can be learned and developed (LOs 1, 2, 3).
The online 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 on the VLE will include media clips and podcasts. Theoretically students will learn how to comprehensively assess patients’ health, both physically and more generally. Patient scenarios will be used to support the learning and these will be authentic cases, based on real life patients who had different health conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, respiratory conditions and diabetes). The setting of the patient scenarios will reflect the various environments where health assessment is conducted by nurses (e.g. acute / primary / long-term / rehabilitative care and home-based). As students work through the online patient scenarios they 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 interpret patients’ data. The students will enhance their knowledge and skills in planning evidence-based care for patients.
Using the VLE to deliver the theoretical content will allow students to learn and study at a time that suits them. Asynchronous online discussions with peers and academics will support learning and end of unit activities on the VLE will be provided to promote active learning (LOs 1 to 4). At the end of each learning unit a self-administered ‘test’ will be completed by each student to give them regular feedback on their progress with the module and the next learning unit will not open for students until they have completed the self-test to incentivise / promote active learning.
Tutorial input (LOs 1, 2, 3) will involve a variety of clinical skills and simulated practice sessions using medium fidelity healthcare patient manikins. The practical sessions will be used to encourage students 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 in a simulated environment patients’ physical health and general health and well-being and develop their history taking skills. Students will also learn how to interpret patient data and source and evaluate best evidence to allow a plan of care to be formulated. At the practical sessions, students will work in small groups of three or four students and use peer assessment and feedback to inform their progress throughout the module. The academics facilitating the practical sessions will also provide feedback for the students to inform their learning.

Formative Assessment:
Students will be given the opportunity to undertake a shortened, ‘mock’ objective structured clinical examination where they will work in groups of three or four to cover the different aspects of the summative assessment (e.g. systematic assessment of physical health, general assessment of health, interpretation of patient data, formulation of a plan of care). Students will peer assess each other and be supported by academics to provide timely, useful and comprehensive feedback to each other to inform their learning. The formative assessment will be completed as part of one of the practical tutorial sessions (i.e. weeks 8 - 10).

Summative Assessment:
In week 14 students will undertake a summative objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) where a patient scenario will be used to allow students to achieve LOs 1 – 5. In one OSCE ‘station’ students will undertake the following: systematic assessment of a patient’s physical health, general assessment of a patient’s health, interpretation of patient data and formulation of a plan of care for the patient. Students will need to pass this OSCE station to successfully complete the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 8
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Online Guided independent study 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 128
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Structures Clinical Exam (OSCE) 100 1,2,3,4 14 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will give you the opportunity to learn how to comprehensively assess patients’ physical health, general health and well-being. To enhance your knowledge of patient assessment you will be asked to consider theory related to patient assessment and the evidence-base that aligns with this. For example, you will explore how to systematically and comprehensively assess patients’ health.
This module will use your existing knowledge of anatomy, physiology and some disease pathophysiology and will develop your skills and knowledge in history taking, general examination, interpretation of patient data and planning care.
Patient scenarios will be used to help you learn how to use diagnostics / health assessment tools, interpret objective and subjective clinical data from patients, and develop and initiate an evidence-based clinical management plan. The patient scenarios used in the module will relate to acute / primary / long-term / rehabilitative care and community based settings to reflect the diverse range of healthcare environments where patients have their physical and general health assessed. The patient scenarios will be based on common conditions such as cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, respiratory conditions and diabetes to reflect the global health challenges.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate in a simulated setting how to undertake a comprehensive, systematic assessment of patients’ physical health.
LO2: Demonstrate in a simulated setting how to undertake an assessment of patients’ general health and well-being.
LO3: Interpret data gained from the patient health assessment to enable an evidence-based plan of care to be formulated.
LO4: Explore, identify and evaluate appropriate evidence and use it to formulate a plan of care.

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