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NUR2203 Acute Care Across the Lifespan A

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Acute Care Across Lifespan A
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060301 - General Nursing
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 September 2020


Examiner: Linda Stanbury


Pre-requisite: NUR2101

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course provides an introduction to the dynamic interdisciplinary acute care context of nursing including management individuals with acute and episodic health problems. Students require a deep understanding of the current acute care health concerns for people across the lifespan. Preparing students for evidence-based practice to address national health priorities is essential to developing knowledgeable, skilled safe, ethical nursing professionals. Acute illness episodes require complex and diverse interventions, requiring nurses to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills to ensure optimal patient outcomes.


This course is the first of three Acute Care Across the Lifespan courses. In Acute Care A students will be introduced to the theoretical aspects of acute health care and the impact on individuals, families and communities. Students will explore national health priorities and current trends in evidence based management of acute episodes of illness or injury. In this course students will be introduced to relevant pathophysiology and life span considerations in the provision of nursing care. Trauma management and clinical triage techniques, including medical, surgical and mental health acute presentations and their respective pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments will be discussed.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of the nurse in diverse acute care environments and acute health concerns (National Health Priorities) across the lifespan within the Australian context
  2. Develop an understanding of critical thinking, clinical decision making and evidence for acute care nursing practice including legal and ethical considerations
  3. Understand nursing care across the lifespan approaches for patients experiencing acute emergency, trauma, surgical intervention and mental health presentations
  4. Understand underlying pathophysiology of acute health concerns and their pharmacological and non-pharmacological management
  5. Understand information literacy and effective communication within clinical and academic contexts


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introducing concepts in acute care and national health priorities in context 20.00
2. Lifespan considerations in acute care and the impact of acute illness on individuals, families and communities 20.00
3. Critical thinking, clinical decision making, prioritising care and the use of evidence to guide acute care nursing practice 20.00
4. Acute disruptions to health and therapeutic responses across community and health care settings 20.00
5. Acute trauma and therapeutic nursing responses across health care settings 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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LeMone, P., Bauldoff, G., Gubrud, P., Carno, M., Levett-Jones, T., Dwyer, T., Moxham, L., Reid-Searl, K., Berry, K., Carville, K., Hales, M., Knox, N., & Stanley, D (2020), LeMone and Burke's medical-surgical nursing: Critical thinking for person-centred care, 4th edn, Pearson.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 88.00
Online Lectures 13.00
Tutorials 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Online Quiz 10 10 10 Aug 2020
Written Assessment 40 40 14 Sep 2020
Online Exam 50 50 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Engagement in online discussion forums forms part of the directed study component of this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

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

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA referencing style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways.
This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  3. forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

Date printed 20 September 2020