HLTH466-24S1 (M) Semester One 2024 (Manawa)

Health Assessment, Physiology and Pharmacology for Clinical Practice

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course will enable students to gain the health assessment, bioscience and pharmacology knowledge and skills required to understand disease processes, the rationale for interventions and how drugs affect the body.

Learning Outcomes

1.   Understand and apply knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and homeostasis to health assessment.
2.   Demonstrate skills in health assessment and documenting the findings of physical examination.
3.   Understand and apply knowledge of the transmission and control of organisms.
4.   Apply knowledge of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics across the lifespan.
5.   Critically apply the legal, sociocultural and ethical principles surrounding drug administration and use.


Subject to approval of the Head of School of Health Sciences.



Course Coordinator

Isabel Jamieson


Kylie Short


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Examination; part b 26 May 2023 30% Outcomes assessed: 1, 4, 5
Online exams and critical thinking exercises 40% Outcomes assessed: 1, 3, 4, 5
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Outcomes assessed: 1, 2 Due dates 27 and 28 April
Examination; part a 22 May 2023 30% Outcomes assessed: 1, 4, 5

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Jarvis, C., & Forbes, H; Jarvis’s physical examination and health assessment ; 3rd ed; Elsevier Australia, 2020.

Knights, K., Rowland, A., Darroch, S., &. Bushell, M.,; Pharmacology for health professionals ; 6th ed; Elsevier, 2022.

Tortora, G. J., Derrickson, B. H., Burkett. B., Peoples. G., Dye. D., Cooke. J., Diversi, T.,… Green, H; Principles of anatomy and physiology ; 3rd Asia-Pacific ed; John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, 2021.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,381.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All HLTH466 Occurrences

  • HLTH466-24S1 (M) Semester One 2024 (Manawa)
  • HLTH466-24X (M) General non-calendar-based 2024 (Manawa)
  • HLTH466-24X1 (O) Special non-calendar-based One 2024 (UC Online)