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NPAD2027 Clinical Assessment and Planning Care for Adults

Module Overview

In this module you will develop skills in structured history taking and undertaking physical assessment. You will learn to apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to the assessment of people’s health status (patients, families and communities).You will also come to interpret findings from the assessment and develop nursing care plans based on enhanced skills.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Articulate the enhanced physical assessment skills and communication skills that nurses need to undertake a structured bio-psychosocial assessment.
  • Apply knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to bio-psychosocial assessment findings to identify and distinguish baseline normal and abnormal
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication and partnership working skills whilst gathering and interpreting a range of relevant information and data to identify health and wellbeing needs
  • Discuss how a comprehensive nursing assessment will inform the planning of nursing care.


Interviewing skills and assessment frameworks for bio-psychosocial assessment (history taking) Theoretical and practical knowledge about structured physical assessment (inspection, auscultation, palpation) of key body systems. Assessment and referral pathways for people presenting with mental / psychological distress Assessment and care planning at individual, family and community levels and considering different backgrounds Basic understanding of most common diagnostic tests in most prevalent conditions. Normal and abnormal findings on assessment and applied anatomy, pathophysiology and physiology in relation to key body systems (Neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, immune endocrine, abdomen and gastrointestinal, renal, musculoskeletal, skin systems). Introduction to care planning in relation to most prevalent conditions and based on their specific pathophysiology and assessment findings. Medicines management: Assessing medicine use Clinical skills sessions: Taking a structured history Physical assessment skills Venepuncture and cannulation Mental health assessment

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught using a variety of learning and teaching approaches which may include: Lectures Seminars Online virtual care resources

Independent Study140.5
Practical classes and workshops11
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Jarvis C (2012). Physical examination & health assessment. 

Ignatavicius D, Workman ML, LaCharity LA, Kumagai CK (2016). Clinical nursing judgment study guide for medical-surgical nursing: patient-centered collaborative care.. 

Gordon M (2016). Manual of Nursing Diagnosis. 

Rushforth H (2009). Assessment made incredibly easy!. 


Assessment Strategy

This assessment package will enable you to develop your assessment skills through seminars and clinical skills. There will be an examination to test the development of your knowledge of assessment and planning.


Class discussions


MethodPercentage contribution
Open Book Exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Open Book Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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