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B74AS1 History taking, physical examination and clinical decision making I
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  14/15

Total Credits: 30

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  UK registered health care professionals who meet the entry requirements contained in the supplementary regulations.
  LBR Module

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module considers:

  • The normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, renal and endocrine systems
  • Common diseases and their clinical presentations
  • How to take and present a systematic clinical history
  • How to conduct a comprehensive physical examination and present the findings
  • The abnormal clinical signs following a comprehensive clinical assessment
    Assessment
    The OSCE mark sheet consists of 30 check points and in view of the requirement to provide credible public protection from unsafe practice a pass mark of 23 is required. Each examination and each station within the OSCE must be passed separately. The module is non-compensatable.

    Method and Frequency of Class:
    Specific Activities are not listed
    Further Activity Details:

  • Direct teacher contact time (100 hours)
  • Guided learning (30 hours)
  • Tutorials (20 Hours)
  • Private study (150 hours)

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Practical 50 Objective Structured Clinical Examination. The OSCE examination consists of 4 stations. Each station must be passed separately 
    Inclass Exam 1 (Written) 50 Anatomy and Physiology Exam (1.5 hours). The exam must be passed separately and cannot be compensated 

    Convenor: 
    Mr M Foss

    Education Aims:  The module prepares students to take a systematic clinical history, conduct a comprehensive physical examination, recognise and describe abnormal clinical signs and report the findings to a senior clinician in a structures way.

    Learning Outcomes:  

    A Knowledge and understanding
    In the context of all the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, renal and endocrine systems the module will equip students to:

  • A1 Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the body systems
  • A2 Describe common diseases and their clinical presentations
  • A3 Describe and take a systematic clinical history and present the findings
  • A4 Describe and conduct a comprehensive physical examination and present the findings
  • A5 Recognise and describe abnormal clinical signs following a comprehensive clinical assessment
  • B Intellectual Skills

  • B1 Critically evaluate information obtained from clinical assessments
  • B2 Explain how the findings of clinical assessment support clinical decision making
  • C Professional/Practical Skills

  • C1 Perform clinical assessments using a range of assessment methods including physical examination, history taking and ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests
  • D Transferable/Key Skills

  • D1 Communicate effectively in writing and through oral present
  • D2 Use appropriate and effective information and communication technologies
  • D3 Effectively manage his/her time and work to deadlines
  • D4 Take responsibility when making decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • D5 Demonstrate the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development
  • D6 Evaluate his/her own professional development, develop personal, professional and educational learning objectives and develop a plan to meet these
  • Offering School:  Health Sciences


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