Module code: NUR3174

Module Overview

The module is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to recognise, assess and manage deteriorating patients in the acute period. It will focus on the importance of using a structured approach to assessment; accurate interpretation of observe and collected data; recognition of abnormal findings and appropriate implementation of care. Effective communication and an overall holistic approach will be integrated themes.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

DAVIES Annette (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 4

Independent Learning Hours: 12

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 2

Laboratory Hours: 10

Practical/Performance Hours: 8

Guided Learning: 70

Captured Content: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of Level 2 modules

Module content


Indicative content includes:

  • Overview of pathophysiological changes in identified acute conditions

  • Systematic physical assessment using an ABCDE approach

  • Assessment, measurement, interpretation of abnormal physiological findings.

  • Overview of initial life-saving interventions for managing the unwell deteriorating patient.

  • Overview of pyschosocial and ethical considerations in the treatment management of the unwell deteriorating patient.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate; Knowledge and understanding of systematic assessment that links underlying pathophysiology, with presented assessment findings. To determine the ability of students to select appropriate interventions using an evidence based approach.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written online long answer examination, with seen scenario data provided 6 weeks before the examination

Formative assessment

Shortened seen scenario presented as mock examination


Written feedback from the formative examination

Opportunity to request to see the their summative paper by appointment only

Throughout the module students will receive verbal feedback on performance in simulated scenario’s

Module aims

  • The module aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the importance of rapid assessment, interpretation of assessment data and management of the deteriorating patient

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the knowledge and evidence base underpinning assessment and management of the deteriorating patient.
2 Effectively analyse assessment data
3 Synthesise information in order to identify evidence based care
4 Select and apply appropriate knowledge to complex  clinical situations
5 Critically discuss issues from competing psychosocial and ethical perspectives in the management of the patient and family members

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Develop knowledge case and practical skills

  • Link theory to practice

  • Encourage critical thinking and self-evaluation through reflection

  • Provide a safe environment to practice clinical skills

  • Provide experiences that mimic real-life scenarios

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Self-directed study – 114 hrs

  • Simulated skill stations – 9 hrs

  • Lectures – 27 hrs

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.