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Physiology Based Assessment

Key information

Course Leader: Himadri Chauhan

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: Taught

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 44, Independent Hours - 256

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 40


  • 02/10/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits in this academic year. This price relates to self-funding students assessed as UK students for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas, or for returning students that are on a course leading to an award. Click here for Fees and Funding information or email us.

Entry Requirements

In order to study at Level 7 applicants will normally need a degree in a health-related discipline. Applicants with evidence of professional development or academic proficiency equivalent to level 6 (degree level) study will be considered but will first need to meet with the admissions tutor, Aileen Wilson, to discuss their application. Applicants with no previous level 6 study, or equivalent, will be required to complete a level 6 bridging module.

If you have non-UK academic qualifications you will need to supply evidence of comparability. The organisation ECCTIS will supply this for a reasonable fee  

You should be a qualified health care professional currently working in an appropriate area of practice and have current professional registration (NMC, HCPC etc).

This module is a pre-requisite to undertake 7HSK2080 - Managing the Acutely Ill Adult

Course Overview

This module is aimed at health care professionals working in acute areas. It focuses upon the physiological processes that underpin the assessment process; explaining why these physiological changes are happening and enabling students to effectively assess the acutely ill individual, prevent deterioration and prioritise care decisions. 

Building on the student's fundamental specialist skills, an emphasis will be placed on developing the knowledge and expertise required to effectively assess the acutely ill individual and recognise and prevent deterioration. 

Teaching will include lectures, practical workshops and tutorials. There will also be a variety of materials such as videos, quizzes, and PowerPoints which will be put up onto the module site prior to a synchronous session with the module tutors.


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:


Successful students will typically: 

Recognise the importance of providing a thorough patient assessment.

Interpret and apply the solutions suggested to recognise and prevent deterioration of the acutely ill patient.

Identify normal complex physiology and recognise the pathophysiological changes associated with acute deterioration

Critically evaluate the complex physiological rationale which underpins the systematic assessment of an acutely ill patient.


Intellectual, Practical and Transferable Skills:


Successful students will typically:

Demonstrate the ability to prioritise and differentiate between care decisions which ensure patient safety 

Critically reflect upon decisions made in response to a comprehensive systematic assessment

Synthesise complex evidence and justify decisions in the assessment and management of patient care

Explain the normal complex physiology and articulate the pathophysiological changes associated with acute deterioration



The assessment will be a scenario-based viva. 

Students will be tested on their ability to assess, recognise and intervene in an acutely unwell patient based on a scenario from practice.