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ANP8008 Diagnostics and Assessment

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Diagnostics and Assessment
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069999 - Health not elsewhere classifie
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Emma Turner


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BHEH or MNSG or MNRS or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or GCNG or GDNG or GCNM


The collation, analysis and interpretation of diagnostics and assessment data of a client's health status are fundamental to autonomous and collaborative health care within a specific context. Advanced practice nursing utilises extended and expanded skills, experience and knowledge in the assessment, planning, implementation, diagnosis and evaluation of the care required. This course prepares registered nurses to make informed and judicious decisions about the use of specific diagnostic tools, the synthesis of assessment data and appropriate therapeutic responses to health care needs.


This course introduces the registered nurse to the advanced nursing praxis of correlation of assessment data, diagnostic testing and evidence based management to determine a differential diagnoses related to scheduled medicine administration. Students will apply evidence based practice to the skills of physical assessment and interpretation of health data and status, to validate the appropriate protocol for administration of scheduled medicines.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate Review and analyse cultural safety in relation to health assessment, diagnostics and scheduled medicines;
  2. Perform a comprehensive health assessment and document the findings;
  3. Analyse and interpret patient assessment and diagnostic data to select /provide appropriate interventions within legislative and professional frameworks;
  4. Identify the availability of diagnostic procedures and their application to establishing health status within a context of practice;
  5. Use inter-professional communication to facilitate the management of scheduled medicines;
  6. Critically analyse the impact of altered health status on the individual, family and community.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Advanced Health Assessment – this module covers comprehensive health history and physical examination, focussed assessment, psychosocial and cultural/spiritual history, family medical history, prescribed and over the counter medications, documentation and collaborative communication. 40.00
2. Foundations in diagnostics - this module will guide and expand the student’s ability to use clinical evidence and nurse initiated diagnostics to develop a differential diagnostic framework for patient care. 40.00
3. Critical analysis of the impact of altered health status on the individual, family and community. 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). (

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Dains J, Baumann LC & Scheibel P 2020, Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 6th edn, Elsevier Mosby Inc.

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.
Provided on the course StudyDesk.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 55.00
Directed Study 55.00
Online Tutorials 13.00
Private Study 42.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Quiz 50 40 05 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4
Essay 50 40 10 May 2021 1,2,3,4
e-Portfolio 19 19 24 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6
Competency Assessment 1 1 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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.

  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 for that item, and must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for the Clinical Assessment item.

  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 and pass the competency assignment.

  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 assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no exams for this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations

  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. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.¬referencing¬guide

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. is benchmarked against the 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.

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. It is expected that students will complete the Student Evaluation, MyOpinion, when they have completed the course.

Other requirements

  1. 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.

Date printed 18 June 2021