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Course Overview

This course builds on Fundamentals of Clinical Method and Decision Making I, and is designed to prepare nurses, midwives and allied healthcare practitioners who seek to practice enhanced clinical assessment with enhanced autonomy with the additional comprehensive skills in History Taking and Physical Examination across major body systems. When combined with Fundamentals of Clinical Method and Decision Making I, the skills are the foundation for Advanced Practitioner education for those undertaking roles such as Advanced Practitioner, Specialist Practitioner, Consultant Practitioner or Emergency Care Practitioner.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Helen Gray

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will equip you with:

  1. A deeper level of knowledge, ability and critical awareness in relation to patient history taking and recording, and the ability to differentiate normal vs abnormal findings.
  2. A foundation level of skills and critical awareness in relation to the systematic physical assessment of patients/clients across the lifespan, across clinical settings and the ability to differentiate normal vs abnormal findings, synthesise your findings and make appropriate recommendations and referrals for further management.
  3. A wide understanding of the legal and ethical considerations with respect to the application of clinical method of the role of an advanced practitioner working in a multiprofessional team.

Successful completion of the Fundamentals of clinical method and decision making (1) is a pre-requisite for this course. In addition, the practitioner requires to be working in clinical practice.

They are also essential skills for anyone undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing. The skills and knowledge gained through this course are also of value to many clinical community based and hospital staff who are seeking to enhance the quality of the assessments that they undertake on patients in their care as part of their regular professional roles. The course is designed to enhance relevant knowledge of anatomy and physiology as they underpin clinical assessment.

This second course in the suite of two will further develop the knowledge and skills learned in the first course in synthesising your findings and recognising and acting on abnormal findings. You will explore, critically analyse and be able to select appropriately from different models and frameworks of health assessment for different contexts. You will learn how to document findings and make credible referrals for further management and / or investigation.

This course will also further develop your understanding of the adaptations required for history and examination across the lifespan, including children and the elderly. You will enhance your learning of relevant legal and ethical issues. You will learn of important variations due to gender and ethnicity and enhance your skills in mental health screening. You will also enhance your understanding of the boundaries of roles relating to advanced practice and working in multi-professional teams.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 26, 28 - 31, 35
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 27, 37, 42 - 47

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Portfolio submission (60%); OSCE (40%).

Formative Assessment

Clinical workplace-based assessments.


Feedback will be provided in line with UoA policy for timely feedback (within a maximum of 2 weeks).

Course Learning Outcomes


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