Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics

Aim of module

The aim of this 40-credit module is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to utilise in-depth, systematic and comprehensive approaches to clinical examination, patient assessment and diagnosis.

What you will study 

As part of the module, the student will learn the essential skills for undertaking a systematic and methodical physical assessment and clinical examination using a systems approach: respiratory, cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal, neurological and musculoskeletal. 

Part of the physical examination will include history taking processes including past medical, drug, family, social histories; and communication processes of interviewing skills and interpersonal skills. Exploration of the consequences of illness on homeostasis, will also be explored along with the psycho-social impact upon the patient. 

Referral mechanisms and collaborative approaches to detect and manage unstable and complex health problems will also be debated alongside the legal and professional issues: accountability, the duty and standards of care, consent and capacity to consent, confidentiality, clinical documentation.


There are two intakes a year - September to December; and January to March. The module runs for 12 weeks, requiring one day a week attendance at the University. The teaching occurs mainly on Tuesdays, with some occasional Wednesdays.  


Summative assessment

You will be required to undertake four practical clinical assessments of simulated patients; two midway through course and two at the end. You will need to pass all four assessments to successfully complete the course and achieve the 40 credits.

Entry requirements 

The module is offered at both Level 6 and Level 7 depending on previous experiential learning and academic qualifications.

Applicants must have a first level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Care Professions Council. 

This can be taken as a stand alone module or as part of the BSc Professional Practice (Level 6) or MSc Professional Practice(Level 7) offered at the University.

Additional information

  • Module code: AU3D021 (Level 6) ; AU4D013 (Level 7)
  • Module cost: £1340 2017/18
  • Module leader: Bridie Jones

Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics Bridie Jones

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