Clinical Examinations and Diagnostics HEA3304


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

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: £680 from Sept 2020 to July 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 2020 S2 Alder Hey

Venue: Alder Hey

Starts: Mon 14th Sep 2020

Session Times:
This paused module will recommence at 12.00pm on Monday 14 September and will be taught at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in their Education Centre.

Study dates and times are subject to change.

Further Information

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For further module information, please contact Module Co-ordinator - Clare Whitehead by telephone on 01695 657013 or by email


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