Key features

This module will enable experienced inter-disciplinary practitioners to undertake a systematic and structured history taking assessments and physical examinations on the main systems of the body at an advanced level.  The aim is to be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings supported by an in-depth understanding of underlying anatomy and physiology of each system whilst recognising the significance of those findings. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding of systems and patho-physiology when seeing and managing patients with undiagnosed and undifferentiated presentations across all healthcare settings. 
The focus is on interdisciplinary learning to develop the skills needed to make safe, sound clinical decisions within a range of clinical settings, when consulting with patients and clients with diverse health needs across all healthcare settings.
At the end of the module, the learner will be able to complete a systematic and structured history taking assessment alongside a physical examination which will allow relatability of findings across all healthcare settings.  
Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 – masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

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Course details

The successful achievement of the learning outcomes of this module will enable you to: 
  • synthesise knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology sufficient to underpin assessment, diagnosis and management of presentations
  • critically appraise the concepts, philosophies and evidence that underpin the notion of consultation and diagnostics
  • differentiate and explore normal from abnormal findings for a wide range of clinical presentations and investigations
  • integrate knowledge of the underlying anatomy and pathophysiology concepts to interpret the significance and implications of clinical findings
  • critically evaluate and synthesise the findings from the consultation to implement safe, evidence-based care management.
There are two main assessments for this module.
  1. A 2000 word written assignment comprising of 2 x 1000 word case studies taken from clinical practice.
  2. An OSCE exam relating to the clinical systems and history taking demonstrating skills and underpinning knowledge.
(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

This module will be delivered five times over the forthcoming academic year. The taught dates are:
Delivery 1
16, 17, 23, 24, 30  September, 1, 7, 8 October, 16 December 2024 and 20 January 2025
Delivery 2
15, 16, 22, 23 October, 5, 6, 19, 20 November 2024, 5 February and 4 March 2025
Delivery 3
15, 16, 29, 30 October, 12, 13, 26, 27 November 2024, 4 February and 5 March 2025
Delivery 4
11, 12, 18, 19 February, 11, 12, 25, 26 March, 3 June and 1 July 2025
Delivery 5
11, 12, 25, 26 February, 18, 19 March, 1, 2 April, 4 June and 2 July 2025

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).
Please be aware that all modules run to the minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.
This module can be studied as a standalone module or towards the following programmes:
Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Applying for this module

Applicants to APP770 must complete a joint module application form.
Please ensure that the form is completed in full. 
Failure to fully complete the form will result in your application being delayed which could affect your place on the module. 
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Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
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Our students say...

One of the best supported modules ever taken at the University of Plymouth. Module team give you confidence they want you to succeed. Accessible and helpful resources.

Excellent blend of theoretical learning to practical application. Really useful online resources and signposting. The system videos were invaluable for OSCE's and ongoing reference.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module you must:
  • be a registered healthcare professional, registered with the NMC, HCPC or GPhC
  • be in possession of previous study at degree level**
**Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme. Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.