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NUR1200 Concepts in Patient Care

Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Marie Cleary
Moderator: Lisa Beccaria


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNUR

Other requisites

Only Students in Plan 16768 (External Education) can enrol in the External offer of this course.


To be able to provide a beginning level of practice, students require a sound knowledge of the principle concepts of nursing practice that underpin appropriate nursing and collaborative interventions and actions to respond to alterations in health patterns. These principles provide a sound foundation for students to synthesise the collection and use of data to propose and plan nursing interventions across a broad spectrum of health related circumstances.


This course examines the Registered Nurse's role in providing holistic care to patients/clients who are experiencing physical or psychological alterations due to illness. Patient assessment and proposed interventions within the scope of practice of the registered nurse will be emphasised. Concepts addressed will serve as a baseline framework for addressing specific disorders and diseases in varying contexts in future courses. Students will explore evidence for practice which incorporates empirical evidence, additional 'ways of knowing' and established models of care. Student will utilise techniques of inquiry such as concept mapping to facilitate their ability to synthesise information and critically appraise physical and psychosocial variations in patient/client presentation. Students will develop skills to enable active participation in a beginning level of clinical practice.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. utilise systematic data collection to assess the physical, psychological and social needs of theoretical patients/clients presenting for health care;
  2. plan safe and appropriate nursing care for patients/clients experiencing selected areas of compromised health by utilising effective clinical reasoning strategies which incorporate evidenced-based practice;
  3. identify the appropriate scope of practice for the registered nurse in delivering independent and collaborative care;
  4. demonstrate competence in professional written communication (an academic assignment and on exams).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Nursing assessment/parameters and interventions in the areas of: homoeostasis, cancer care, pain management, patient teaching, wound management, fluid and electrolyte balance, chronic illness, surgery, trauma, infection, immunology, diagnostic procedures. 70.00
2. Scope of nursing practice, introduction to aspects of competencies. 10.00
3. Skills for assessment and planning; information gathering, communication skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, documentation. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Dempsey, J, French, J, Hillege, S, & Wilson, V 2009, Fundamentals of Nursing & Midwifery: A Person-Centred Approach to Care, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Broadway, NSW.
  • LeMone, Burke, Dwyer, Levett-Jones, Reid-Searl, Berry, Carville, Hales, Knox, Luxford & Raymond 2011, Medical-Surgical Nursing: critical thinking in client care, 1ed edn, Pearson, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2008, Assessment made incredibly easy, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Tiziani, A 2009, Havard's nursing guide to drugs, 7th edn, Harcourt-Mosby, Marrickville, N.S.W.
  • Tollefson, J 2010, Clinical Psychmotor Skills: Assessment Tools for Nursing Students, 4th edn, CENGAGE Learning, South Melbourne.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Online Participation 8.00
Private Study or Assignments 106.00
Tutorials 18.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
On Line Quiz 20 20 20 Aug 2014
ASSIGNMENT 20 20 08 Oct 2014
PTA OF 2HR RESTRICTED EXAM CMA 45 30 End S2 (see note 1)
PTB OF 2HR RESTRICTED EXAM S/A 25 30 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. Exam date will be published with exam timetable
  2. Exam date will be published with exam timetable

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    In order to achieve course objectives, attendance at and participation in all learning activities are strongly advised. These are important factors in the development of problem solving skills.
    Students absent from classes are responsible for obtaining and completing all work covered during their absence and for informing themselves of announcements regarding course-related activities and administrative matters. For this course normal class attendance consists of one 2 hour tutorial for nine weeks of the semester and additional activities and self-directed packages on line.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available for the piece of assessment. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: non-programmable calculators to the exam, translation dictionaries. Students whose first language is not English may take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not a technical or nurse's dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten material will be removed from the student. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from student's possession until disciplinary action is taken if found to contain material that could give the student an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. All of the assessments in this course are individual work only. Students need to understand USQ policy regarding plagiarism, collusion and cheating. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  2. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment only in extenuating circumstances and in keeping with University regulations.

  3. Assignments will be appropriately referenced using APA as per USQ library guidelines and submitted via EASE submission.

  4. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email or hardcopy. Assignments are to be submitted via EASE. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that an EASE submission is in the correct format and is the final version of the assignment. Resubmission due to error will not be accepted after the due date. Hardcopies or emailed versions will not be accepted.

  5. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives after a period of non directed personal study.

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. The documentation should include a statement from a doctor/employer, that includes the date the medical condition began or changed; how the condition affected the students ability to study and when it became apparent that the student could not submit the assignment. For items that occur during the semester (quiz/assignment) a request for an extension is submitted via the examiner. For the end of semester exams a request for a deferred exam is submitted via the Faculty Assessment team. Supporting documentation must be supplied. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  7. The exam timetable will be published by the University - there will be no private notification of deferred or supplementary exams.

  8. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  9. Where a student has failed to achieve a passing grade by 5% or less of the aggregated weighted marks, or equivalent in the grading scale, the examiner in agreement with the moderator will consider recommending to the Board of Examiners the undertaking of supplementary assessment by the student, if the student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment for the course.

Other requirements

  1. Students are expected to have access to computer and internet as per USQ specifications for downloading of materials.

  2. Mandatory Reporting with AHPRA

    It is the student's responsibility to notify the course examiner if they have a health impairment, which may result in conditions being placed upon their student registration with AHPRA. Education providers, such as USQ are required by law to report certain notificable conduct (see and students must be aware of their responsibilities under this legislation. Administrative action may occur if a student fails to notify the course examiner of an APHRA notification made in relation to their practice.