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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5235M Clinical Examination

30 creditsClass Size: 65

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Ian Goulden

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

- Applicants will normally possess a good honours degree (2.1 and above) in health science from a recognised higher education institution or certified evidence of an ability to study at level 5 (Master's).
- Current registration with a United Kingdom healthcare professional governing body (eg NMC).
- Applicants should have written endorsement from their employing organisation that they are supported to undertake the programme of study.

Module replaces

DONE 5004 Advancing Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- synthesis health related information in order to construct a health history;
- reflect upon and critically analyse personal communication skills when undertaking clinical examination;
- undertake a comprehensive and systematic approach to clinical examination of the patient;
- demonstrate competence and safety of practice;
- demonstrate effective communication of clinical examination findings.

Learning outcomes
On completion the student should know:
- models of consultation
- knowledge for effective communication with patients
- clinical signs and symptoms
- documentation requirements.

Skills outcomes
- Consultation and Effective communication
- Patient Observation skills
- Auscultation skills
- Palpation skills
- Percussion skills
- Documentation skills
- Use of investigative equipment e.g. ophthalmoscopes, auriscopes, stethoscopes, tuning forks.


- Models of patient consultation: Calgary-Cambridge Model
- Patient communication
- Health history
- Clinical examination skills of the: respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, genitourinary, mental health, eye, ear, nose, throat, and dermatological systems
- Documentation and communication.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours270.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study and independent learning will entail preparing for sessions and individual practice of skills.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students will practice clinical examinations every week under the supervision of the module team.
- Student progress will be monitored in class practical sessions through close supervision by module team members. Students will be encouraged to adopt a commentary style to their examination as they practice under supervision.
- Spot tests using images, sounds, demonstrations etc will be included every week to ensure that students develop the skills required to underpin the oral examination.
- Students will undertake a formal OSCE and oral exam mock.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation20 minutes40.00
Oral PresentationFORMATIVE: 20 mins0.00
PracticalFORMATIVE: Formative OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) 40 minutes0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Will be seen as 1 x 60-minute examination. The OSCE will precede the oral exam. No compensation between elements. Both must be passed. Assessment will be audio / video recorded for quality assurance / moderation.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam)0 hr 40 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Will be seen as 1 x 60-minute examination. The OSCE will precede the oral exam. No compensation between elements. Both must be passed. Assessment will be audio / video recorded for quality assurance / moderation.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/06/2022 09:34:54


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