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NUR1100 Introduction to Nursing

Semester 1, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Lisa Beccaria


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG


This first-year foundation course introduces students to nursing theory and the fundamental concepts of providing basic patient-centred care across the lifespan. Learning centres of the importance of providing care that is safe, effective and evidence based. The knowledge and skills developed in this course will be built upon in other courses throughout the remainder of the program, which assists students to become employable and qualified Registered Nurses.

As per the BNSG Program Rules, students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in a course. This program rule forms part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council [ANMAC].

In this course, students are introduced to beginning theory and clinical skills. Through a range of learning opportunities and activities including simulated nursing laboratories, students learn and practice the basic principles of: infection prevention and control; holistic nursing assessments including vital signs; basic wound care; safe nursing care to support activities of daily living; professional communication and manual handling within normal parameters.

This course consists of a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory laboratories for on-campus students.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Recall and apply knowledge and skills necessary to perform basic health assessments across the lifespan and relevant clinical skills.
  2. Accurately perform basic numeracy and maths calculations.
  3. Reflect on self-performance when conducting basic nursing assessments and performing clinical skills within the principles of caring practice.
  4. Identify and recall principles of person-centred care, infection prevention and control, manual handling.
  5. Communicate effectively in a simulated clinical environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Caring concepts and application to nursing practice. 10.00
2. Skill development. 10.00
3. Assessing individual health status across the lifespan. 20.00
4. Performing basic health assessment and basic nursing skills. 40.00
5. Maintaining a safe environment for self and others. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

DeLaune, S., Ladner, P., McTier, L., Tollefson, J. and Lawrence, J (2019), Fundamentals of nursing, 2nd edn, Cengage.
Tollefson, J (2021), Clinical psychomotor skills: Assessment tools for nurses, 8th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne, VIC.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Practical Laboratory skills A1 of 5 No 10 1,3,5
Assignments Practical Laboratory skills A2 of 5 No 10 1,3,5
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 2
Assignments Practical Laboratory skills A3 of 5 No 10 1,3,5
Assignments Practical Laboratory skills A4 of 5 No 10 1,3,5
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 40 1,3,4,5
Assignments Practical Laboratory skills A5 of 5 No 10 1,3,5
Date printed 10 February 2023