24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Associate Professor Peter Barton
Professor Parasakthi Navaratnam (Malaysia)
Dr Richard Loiacono
A. Prof Amudha Kadirvelu (Malaysia)
This unit further consolidates and extends knowledge, and skills in medicine.
Content encompasses the four themes of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) curriculum: Theme I (Personal and Professional Development), Theme II (Society, Population, Health and Illness), Theme III (Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice) and Theme IV (Clinical Skills).
Learning approaches support students in integrating knowledge and skills relevant to common and significant illnesses and conditions from a systems based perspective. Students are expected to integrate and apply learning relevant to patient care and the practice of medicine.
This unit provides the foundation for learning in clinical settings in later years of the course.
Theme I - Personal and Professional Development
- Use key ethical and legal principles to discuss issues pertinent to health care and clinical contexts.
Theme II - Society, Population, Health and Illness
- Examine key social, economic and environmental determinants of health on status and outcomes in marginalised groups, including the Indigenous population.
- Explain concepts in prevention science and approaches used in health promotion.
- Explain concepts in population health, epidemiology and measurement of health and disease in populations.
- Describe the role of health care services in maintaining health and in monitoring, managing and preventing disease.
- Using prescribed methodologies search for and critique information from medical research literature and popular information sources.
Theme III - Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice
- Describe the structure and function of the human body at cellular, organ, system and whole body levels.
- Explain biological, psychological and social factors pertinent to understanding human development, health, illness and behaviour.
- Describe common and important illnesses, conditions and disorders
- Explain fundamental pathological processes and causes underlying specified illnesses and conditions.
- Describe drug classes and identify the use and actions of drugs in these groups.
Theme IV - Clinical Skills
- Elicit and summarise a structured, comprehensive and logical history in simulated environments.
- Perform and summarise an appropriate examination for specified systems in simulated environments.
- Propose and justify the reasoning for a differential diagnosis (list) at a basic level for specified systems.
- Competently perform specified clinical procedures and tasks in simulated environments.
- Identify relevant investigations for specified problems or conditions.
- Outline a basic management plan for specified common problems and conditions.
- Use principles for effectively communicating medical information to patients in simulated settings.
- Comprehensive integrated puzzle (2 hours) (5%)
- OSCE assessment (8 stations, 10 minutes each) (30% total) (hurdle)
- 2 x Mid-year examination (2 + 3 hours) (25%) (hurdle)
- 2 x End of year examination (2 + 3 hours) (25%) (hurdle)
- Vertically Integrated Assessment (VIA) written examination (3 hours) (15%) (hurdle)
Students must attend a minimum of 80% of designated teaching activities to pass this unit.
Students must complete all requisite on-line modules
Students must pass the OSCE assessment and must pass the combined written examinations to pass this unit.
The Borderline Group method is used to determine the pass score and borderline range for the OSCE, and the Angoff method is used to determine the pass score and borderline range for the combined written examinations
Note: This is a 24 credit point unit delivered across a full year which equates to a 12 credit point workload per semester.
In each semester students will be provided with 14 hours of teacher directed study per week including lectures (6 hours) active learning integrated workshops (2 x 2 hours) each week plus 10 hours of on-line and self-directed study.
Total per week = 24 hours
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