This nationally recognised unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse client health information and then to plan appropriate health services within scope of own role. It requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
The contents of this unit apply to individuals who plan and provide services with some level of autonomy. Some disciplines will require a state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.
Upon completion of this unit the learners will be able to:
Analyse client health information in relation to planning services and in line with organisation requirements
Recognise normal readings on the findings of available tests, observations and physical assessments that assist in determining health status
Identify pathophysiologies or changing pathologies, through observation, physical assessment and analysis of other available information
Identify the likely impact of specific interventions
Apply detailed understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of disease to a problem solving approach to service planning
Consider and note implications of any contra-indications in relation to health assessment findings
Document action plan in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
Mode of delivery
Theory component is delivered online so that student can study at a time that suit them the most. Learners are given access to over one hundred hours of recorded audio/video lectures and tutorials. The lectures and tutorial have been recorded during previous virtual classroom environment. In addition to recorded lectures students are also given access to the power points and other learning resources. It is assumed that a student may take up to six months to complete the unit although the fast tract is possible due to structure of the unit and the time available for the learner to dedicate for her or his studies.
Students are also required to attend one day practical workshop to be held twice a year , once in March and again in September depend on the number of students enrolled in the unit. The date for the workshop will be announced 3 months in advance. The venue of the workshop will depend on the on the location of the majority of cohort.
Students are encouraged to follow the study plan that is published under the unit resources and attempt all complete all the theory assessment and activities before they attend the one day practical workshop where some assessment will also be taking place.
Access to the unit contents and enrollment
Students can enroll online or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Upon enrollment, access to the unit materials will be given immediately so that learners can study and enroll at any time that suit them.
Unique Student Identifier requirement (USI)
A USI must be provided by all students applying for the unit and this should be provided in the application form. If you need any assistance in obtaining your USI please contact the college administration.
College Policies and Procedures
All the prospective students are requested to view the college policies prior to enrollment. Policies can be accessed on the website under policies, procedures, and forms located at the bottom of the home page under the heading Navigation.
The structure and the contents
The contents are structured on a weekly basis over 20 weeks. However learners have the flexibility in structuring the unit however they want as long as they follow the contents in the weekly order progressively as outlined. (eg week one contents must be completed before progress in to week two) .
Completion of all the learning activities including online multiple-choice questions
Completion of 10 case studies
Attendance to a one-day workshop/simulated workplace.
concepts underpinning human anatomy and physiology, including:
levels of structural organisation of body systems
human life processes
homeostasis and the relationship between homeostatic imbalance and disease
variations and abnormal findings of the structure and function of human body systems and their interactions:
cells, tissues and organs
nervous system, including sensory systems – eye and ear
the special senses – smell, taste, vision, equilibrium and hearing
anatomical and medical terminology:
when referring to the human body
when taking measurements in different body systems
common disorders, problems and complaints associated with each body system and its components relevant to the services being provided
analysis of abnormal findings from diagnostic procedures and physical assessment
pathophysiology of diseases associated with each body system and the impact of disease on each body system and their related structures, especially in relation to potential impact of specific health procedures provided
recognition of the signs and symptoms of common clinical conditions and the (provisional) diagnosis of same
pharmacological processes and drug actions, indications and contraindications
effects of biological maturation and ageing processes on body systems and their components and in relation to specific health procedures provided
the impact of:
common environmental emergencies (diving, altitude, temperature)
overdose and poisoning
trauma (penetrating, blunt)
basic chemistry (molecules and compounds; chemical reaction, energy; acids and bases) and as related to metabolism, respiration, pH (respiratory and renal acidosis/alkalosis)
structure and function of cells, including:
basic understanding of cellular respiration/carbohydrate metabolism
cell/tissue requirements for survival
major types of cellular adaptation
active (primary) and passive (diffusion – simple, facilitated)
forces (hydrostatic and osmotic)
role responsibilities and limitations for different members of the care team in relation to analysing health information and providing services
This is a nationally recognised unit of competency which forms a core unit in a number of qualifications including:
Learners who successfully complete this unit are eligible to apply for credit transfer for any qualification that requires this unit therefore not required to repeat the unit. Learners may also apply for recognition of prior learning for a similar unit that forms a qualification or require to complete a unit with the similar contents (Anatomy and Physiology).