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Intensive Care Nursing 2 (NURS90127)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90127
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed to extend students’ knowledge from the subject Intensive Care Nursing 1 for speciality practice. In this subject, students will continue to understand acute and complex illnesses and disease in patients who are critically ill requiring high-technology care management. As well as students gaining essential knowledge to assess, plan, manage and evaluate interventions, students will also continue to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of patient and family perspectives of illness and disease.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students will demonstrate theoretical knowledge and understanding in intensive care nursing by:

  • Integrating core principles covered in this subject and Intensive Care Nursing 1, to further develop specialised patient assessment skills, including identifying and prioritising acute and complex health problems
  • Applying knowledge and skills learnt in the subject to plan and implement evidence-based treatment strategies and nursing interventions in patients requiring highly specialised care
  • Selecting and critically evaluating nursing interventions for patients with acute and complex health problems
  • Reflecting on the psychosocial factors influencing patient outcomes to optimise safety and quality in intensive care

Generic skills

  • Apply a high level of problem solving skills to their area of clinical practice
  • A high level of critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Feel confident when tackling unfamiliar problems
  • A high level of oral and written communication skills

Eligibility and requirements


To enrol in this subject, students must have successfully passed the following pre-requisite subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
NURS90122 Foundations of Critical Care Nursing
Term 2
Term 4
NURS90126 Intensive Care Nursing 1
Term 3

Intensive Care Nursing 2 can be taken concurrently with Intensive Care Nursing Practice.



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

It is recommended that students have an understanding of common illnesses and diseases in patients who are acutely ill. It is expected that students will be to apply the theoretical knowledge learned in the pre-requisite subjects, Applied Pathophysiology, Foundations of Critical Care Nursing and Intensive Care Nursing 1 to concepts explored in this subject.

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



Case study analysis

  • 1000 words
Week 630%

Summative assessment - Exam (short answer and multiple choice questions)

  • 40 minutes
Hurdle requirement: Students must pass summative assessment to pass subject
Week 940%

Case study analysis

  • 1000 words
Week 330%

Dates & times

  • Term 4 - Online
    Principal coordinatorAndy Macey
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment80 hours
    Pre teaching start date 7 October 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 period14 October 2019 to 8 December 2019
    Last self-enrol date 8 October 2019
    Census date 1 November 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 November 2019
    Assessment period ends15 December 2019

    Term 4 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.

Time commitment details

Students are required to undertake 9 – 10 hours per week of online and self‐directed learning activities

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There is no specified prescribed text for this subject

Last updated: 21 September 2019