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NS5349 - Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Diagnostic reasoning is a dynamic and active process in which clinical judgement or decisions are made based on a variety of sources. This subject explores the diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making process required in the assessment and management of both acute and chronic patients. Critical analysis of client/patient data will be utilised to identify health priorities of patient care that may include appropriate referral to member/s of the multidisciplinary health care team.

Learning Outcomes

  • compare selected frameworks and theories in the application of diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making strategies for a range of clinical presentations;
  • accurately articulate the ethical, legal and regulatory considerations regarding the selection, ordering, collection and evaluation of diagnostic test and procedures;
  • apply diagnostic reasoning based on clinical symptomatology, health assessment findings, pathophysiology and diagnostic data to identify health priorities of treatment and care.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 2 - (50%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.

NS5901 NS5902


JCU Online, Study Period 83, External
Census Date 13-May-2021
Coordinator: Mr Jason Moloney
Lecturers: Dr Narelle Biedermann, Dr Tracey Ahern, Dr Helena Harrison, Ms Danielle Peel, Dr Clare Fenwick, Mrs Anita Dunn, Dr Nasreena Waheed.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours - Online accelerated program, 10 hours/week for 6 weeks
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.