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HNN751 - Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)^

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Elizabeth Oldland





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Theoretical component 3 hours per week - a combination of classes, cloud (online) modules and seminars. Students will be expected to undertake an additional 7 hours per week of independent study


This unit is part of the Intensive Care, Cardiac Care, Emergency Care and Critical Care Specialty course nexted in the Master of Nursing Practice for students who are also employed in a suitable clinical area in partnership with Deakin University.

^Students enrol as Cloud (online) students, however there are significant campus requirements. Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and are videoconferenced live to other venues.


This unit is designed to enable the student to acquire advanced clinical assessment skills based on a comprehensive understanding of normal physiology, and the pathophysiology of illness and injury common to critically ill patients. The knowledge and skills of focused, evidence-based assessment acquired in this unit and through appropriate clinical practice form the basis of complex decision making required to deliver high quality, safe patient care.


This unit covers the role of specialist nurses in managing critically ill patients in relation to: the principles and concepts of homeostasis related to acid-base status, fluid and electrolyte balance, haematology and electrocardiography; advanced complex patient assessment and monitoring of cardiovascular, respiratory, haemodynamic, neurological, renal and gastrointestinal systems based on physiological and pathophysiological considerations for critically ill and injured patients; and basic and advanced life support by critical care specialist nurses


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%

Assessment task 3: Tests (3) 20%

Assessment task 4: Clinical assessment Pass/fail, satisfactory completion of clinical competencies.


Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this unit. Compulsory clinical hurdles form part of the assessment of this unit. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.


Note: Failure of a compulsory practicum component in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

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