NURSING 770 : Clinical Practice Development

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester Two (1225) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Develops knowledge, practice and skills within the scope of a beginning registered nurse; enhances client assessment, planning and delivery of client-centred care within a specific healthcare context. Also fosters critical exploration of knowledge and skills appropriate to professional, socio-political, legal-ethical, cultural aspects of practice.

Course Requirements

Restriction: NURSING 725, 773 To complete this course students must enrol in NURSING 770 A and B, or NURSING 770

Course Contacts

Auckland streams - Wendy Sundgren

Regional Streams - Bridget Venning 

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Nursing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and appraise the need for nurses to include holistic client assessment skills in their clinical environment. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based clinical decision making through the application of a diagnostic framework to client assessment, at an advancing level within their scope of practice. (Capability 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Demonstrate competence of a systematic approach in performing a focused and or comprehensive client assessment. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  4. Interpret clinical findings in relation to underlying pathophysiological processes (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 5.1, 5.3 and 6.2)
  5. Assess a client’s health status and appraise appropriate laboratory and other diagnostic tests in order to support differential diagnoses. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.3, 3.1, 5.3, 6.2 and 6.3)
  6. Articulate the knowledge underlying client assessment and diagnostic test findings in order to formulate a list of differential diagnoses or formulate a diagnostic decision. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 35% Individual Coursework
MCQ 20% Individual Test
Clinical Exam (OSCE) 45% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Clinical Exam (OSCE)

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point paper and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point paper that they are enrolled in.

For this paper, you can expect 40 hours of lectures, 160 hours of reading and 100 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including clinical skills labs to complete components of the course.
The course may include live online events including group discussions and tutorials
Attendance on campus is required for all classes.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Bickley, L.S. and Szilagyi, P.G. (2021). Bates’ guide to physical examination and history taking (13thed.).
                 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

For Māori and Pacific students, Te Fale Pouāwhina is accessible at and offers services, academic development, and leadership training.

A dedicated MAPAS support team also work alongside the academic team to support learning  within FHMS

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.