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Critical Care Nursing Practice (NURS90099)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25Online

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90099
Term 2 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject, students will apply the theoretical principles in Applied Pathophysiology and the Foundations of Critical Care Nursing into their area of speciality practice. Students will demonstrate the ability to undertake and support comprehensive patient assessment, monitoring and evaluation and care planning in specialty nursing practice. Students will learn to incorporate and apply scientific knowledge and evidence-based treatment and nursing interventions to support a patient-centred approach to inform their clinical decision making in practice.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Integration of core principles covered in the subject and its pre-requisite, Applied Pathophysiology to develop practice knowledge that supports comprehensive patient assessment and monitoring;
  • Application of knowledge and skills to recognise, prioritise and respond to patients experiencing acute alterations to health status;
  • Evaluation of the effect of critical care nursing interventions in the delivery of safe competent nursing care;
  • Application of skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflective practice to the delivery of specialist nursing care

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and graduate coursework student:

  • A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written modes of communication;
  • A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work.
  • Advanced competencies in areas of professional expertise and/or scholarship.
  • Advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline.
  • Well-developed problem-solving abilities in the discipline area, characterised by flexibility of approach.
  • An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline.
  • An appreciation of the ways in which advanced knowledge equips the student to offer leadership in the specialist area.

Eligibility and requirements


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in one of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Critical Care). This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses. Please contact the School of Melbourne Custom Programs for more information.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
NURS90076 Applied Pathophysiology
Summer Term
Term 3



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Clinical Performance Appraisal

  • 1 hours
Hurdle requirement: Students are required to be competent in each of the apprasial domains to meet this hurdle requirement
At the end of the assessment periodN/A

Patient Assessment and Care Plan Part 1: Audio‐visual presentation (10 minutes, equivalent to 1000 words)

  • 1000 words
End of the assessment period40%

Patient Assessment and Care Plan Part 2: written assessment (1500 words) weighted 60%

  • 1500 words
End of the assessment period60%

Clinical Skills Assessments x2, 600 – 800 words each

  • 600 words
Hurdle requirement: Students are required to demonstrate overall competency in each clinical hurdle
End of the assessment periodN/A

Dates & times

  • Term 2 - Online
    Principal coordinatorRebecca Jarden
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment85 hours
    Pre teaching start date22 April 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsIn Week 0 students are required to familiarise themselves with the subject's Learning Management System (LMS), subject information, including assessment tasks
    Teaching period29 April 2019 to 23 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date23 April 2019
    Census date17 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 7 June 2019
    Assessment period ends30 June 2019

    Term 2 contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Jayasinghe, R. (2012). ECG Workbook. Chatswood, NSW: Elesiver Australia

Last updated: 21 September 2019