Courses & Units

Acute Care Management of the Child & Family Theory CNA765



This unit uses group work and late enrolment may affect your ability to participate actively.


In this unit students will explore the care of acutely unwell children and their families. Students will extend their knowledge of the pathophysiology, pharmacokinetics and practices involved in caring for children with a range of medical, psychological and surgical conditions.


Unit name Acute Care Management of the Child & Family Theory
Unit code CNA765
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Ms Andrea Middleton
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the anatomy, physiology and integrated pathophysiology of acutely and chronically unwell infants, children and adolescents.
  • Discuss the implementation of advanced clinical assessment and problem solving skills.
  • Deliver advanced therapeutic interventions including interpretation of clinical investigations that support the management of acutely and chronically unwell infants, children and adolescents.
  • Use evidence based literature to analyse and evaluate the clinical management of acutely and chronically unwell infants, children and adolescents.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060315 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Individual Study – This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.

AssessmentClinical Portfolio (60%)| (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Hockenberry, Wilson & Rodgers, 2019, Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children 11th Edition, Elsevier, Canada.

Forster, E, & Fraser, J, 2018, Paediatric Nursing Skills for Australian Nurses, Cambridge University Press, NSW, Australia.

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