Clinical Examination HEA3169


Please note there are prospective changes to this module. If you are interested please still apply & changes will be advised once confirmed.
This module will introduce students to the broad principles of clinical history taking, clinical examination skills and develop their ability to formulate a differential diagnosis.

Module Code: HEA3169
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

Health care professionals who wish to enhance their clinical consultation and examination skills. Students must have experience working within healthcare and demonstrate a sound knowledge base relating to physiology and applied pathophysiology.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • Introduction to History Taking;
  • Students will gain theoretical knowledge regarding the clinical examination of four major body systems;
  • Formulation of Differential Diagnoses.

What will I study?

  • Broad principles of anatomy and physiology;
  • The module will focus on the clinical examination of four major body systems (cardiac, respiratory, abdominal, head and neck) however other topics incorporated as formal lectures or workshops will include ophthalmology, limb assessment, and x-ray interpretation;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills, confidentiality and legal issues will be highlighted and incorporated throughout the module.

How will I be assessed?

An unseen examination.

On successful completion you will:

  • Apply anatomical and physiological principles to promote effective assessment and diagnosis of patients within the specific client group;
  • Appraise the processes in place to apply a systematic approach to assessment for patients.
  • Utilise appropriate strategies and interventions to effectively perform a clinical history, examination and develop a differential diagnosis;
  • Critically evaluate care delivery and indicate strategies to enhance, maintain and improve standards of care;
  • Critically examine the care of a patient within their own client group with specific emphasis on the clinical history, clinical examination and the development of diagnosis options.

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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This module can be studied on a standalone basis, along with module 'HEA 3152, Clinical Diagnostics'
It is an optional module on the following programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Paramedic Practice