Clinical Examinations and Diagnostics HEA3304


This is a 15-week module that equips the student with knowledge and understanding of taking a full history from a patient, carrying a clinical examination and learning about different investigations required in order to make a diagnosis. The four areas covered are: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Ear, Nose and Throat and Gastro-intestinal. Not all systems are covered within this BSc Clinical Examinations and Diagnostics module as this is an introductory to Advanced Practice.

Module Code: HEA3304
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £700 from Sept 2021 to Dec 2021

Who is this module for?

Health care professionals who wish to enhance their clinical consultation, examination and diagnostic 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.

How Will I Study?

Face to face study.

This module is normally studied over 14 sessions. The module overall takes 15 weeks.

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, ENT) however other topics incorporated as formal lectures or workshops will include ophthalmology, limb assessment, x-ray interpretation and renal abnormalities and fluid balance.
  • Communication, interpersonal skills, confidentiality and legal issues will be highlighted and incorporated throughout the module.

How will I be assessed?

An unseen written exam, including MCQ and scenario questions.

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

September 2021 S1

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Wed 8th Sep 2021

Session Times:
  • Wednesday 8th September 2021, 12:30pm-4:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 15th September 2021, 12:30pm-4:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 12:30pm-4:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 29th September 2021, 1pm-4pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 6th October 2021, 1pm-4:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 13th October 2021, 12:30pm-4:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 20th October 2021, 12:30pm-4:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 1pm-4:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 10th November 2021, 12:30pm-4:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 17th November 2021, 12:30pm-3:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 24th November 2021, 12:30pm-4:30pm, attendance
  • Wednesday 1st December 2021, 12:30pm-4:30pm, attendance

Study dates and times are subject to change.

Further Information

All applications for the module are now closed. The new application link for commencement of the module in September 2022 will open in due course.

For further module information, please contact the Module Lead, Gill Despard by telephone on 01695 657682 or by email [email protected]

For any other queries, you can contact the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health on [email protected]


This module can be studied on a standalone basis.
It is an optional module on the following programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Paramedic Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Perioperative Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Child & Younger Person Palliative & End of Life Care Practice