Assessment-Physiology Based 1

Key information

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: Taught

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 66, Independent Hours - 234

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 40


  • 05/10/2022

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU Overseas/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as a co-requisite for students wishing to undertake either:

Intensive Care (7HSK0173)


Emergency Care (7HSK0175)

module in semester B. Students applying for both modules will also need to apply for the MSc Contemporary Nursing programme.

All students must be health care professionals working with acutely ill patients.

Applicants will normally need a degree in a health-related discipline which includes a research focused module. Applicants with evidence of equivalent professional development or academic proficiency will be considered.

Applications from those who have no previous level 6 study will be considered on an individual basis but will first need to meet with the admissions tutor, Aileen Wilson, to discuss their application.                                                                         

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 also have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and be employed as a health care professional in an appropriate setting. 

Course Overview

This module intends to focus upon the physiological and pathophysiology that underpins assessment; enabling the student to prioritise care decisions relating to the acutely ill patient.

Students will critically explore in depth the physiological knowledge base underpinning the assessment process in the acutely ill person. 

Students will critically evaulate the literature related to suboptimal care and analyse and apply the solutions suggested to prevent deteriorantion of the actutely ill patient. Students will critically evaluate the complex physiological rationale which underpins the systematic assessment of an acutely ill patient. 

An emphasis will be placed on effectively developing the student’s fundamental specialist skills, knowledge and expertise required to effectively assess the acutely ill adult. Students will be expected to enhance their understanding of theoretical concepts through further reading and use technology to access material.

Learning outcomes

Students will be supported through a range of classroom based learning strategies together with group and individual tutorials. Students will also be expected to enhance their understanding of theoretical concepts through further reading and the use of technology to access material.

Learning and teaching will normally incorporate: 

* Concepts and components of assessment.

* History taking. * Recording of key care observations. * Interpretation of objective and subjective physiological data . * Physiological and associated assessment of: cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, GI and neurological systems.

* Physiological and associated assessment of: pain, shock, stress, inflammation and acid­base balance.


There will be 3 summative assessments for this module:

Coursework 1 - 30% Essay (1500 words)

Coursework 2, 50% Pt case study (2500)

Practical, 20% Presentation (1000 words)