BMSC11003 - Introduction to Medical Sciences
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides an introduction to the Medical Sciences specialisations of pathology, clinical measurement, nutrition and biotechnology. An inter-disciplinary, integrated approach will be provided so that you will also understand the relationships of the disciplines with one another. You will develop an understanding of the key roles of each discipline, professional practice, investigative procedures and application of medical sciences in modern health care. This will also allow you to make an informed choice about which specialisation to study in subsequent years.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. On-campus Activity 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Introduce a weekly activity sheet that addresses the topics covered during that week. Student feedback. Weekly activity sheets will be developed, which will help to provide a study resource for each week's content.
Moodle forum posts need to be replied to in a more timely manner. Student feedback. Perhaps assign a dedicated time to check and respond to moodle forum posts.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Illustrate the application of medical sciences in modern healthcare.
  2. Outline the standards of practice in medical sciences.
  3. Understand investigative procedures used in medical sciences.
  4. Understand key roles of each discipline in medical sciences.
  5. Understand professional practice in medical sciences.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - On-campus Activity      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication      
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - On-campus Activity          

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

This course gives an introduction to a wide range of topics across the breadth of medical sciences and therefore no single textbook is appropriate nor available that covers all aspects. In response to feedback from some students requesting some guidance on further reading, it is suggested that for those students who like to have a textbook then the following should be considered..

For those students more interested in pursing a career in nutrition and who are likely to select the nutrition specialisation in years 2 and 3 then the following text will be of use for this course and throughout your degree ; Aspden W, et al. Practical Skills in Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics.(2011) Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 978-1-4082-2309-3

For those students more interested in pursing a career in clinical investigation and who are likely to select the clinical investigation specialisation in years 2 and 3 then the following text will be of use in this course and throughout your degree; Raeburn P, et al. Practical Skills in Sport and Exercise Science (2011) Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 978-4082-0377-4

For those students more interested in pursing a career in medical laboratory science and who are likely to select the pathology specialisation in years 2 and 3 then the following text will be of use in this course and throughout your degree. Reed R., et al. Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences 4th Ed (2013). Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 978-14082-4552-1

For those students more interested in pursing a career in biotechnology and who are likely to select the biotechnology specialisation in years 2 and 3 then the following text will be of use in this course and throughout your degree. Langford A et al. Practical Skills in Forensic Science 2nd Ed (2010) Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 978-0-13-239143-6

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorWilliam Aspden (w.aspden@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to Main Specialisations - Application of Medical Sciences in Modern Health

Example: Case Study - What you don't know can't harm you?

Week 2 13-03-2017

Professional Writing and Communication / Medical Abbreviations

Week 3 20-03-2017

Ethics, Scope of Practice, Confidentiality

Week 4 27-03-2017 Student Declaration and Work Placements
Week 5 03-04-2017 Investigative Procedures
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Measurements in Physical Sciences

Assessment item 1: Historical perspective on the role of medical science professionals, through to modern healthcare settings Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Infectious Diseases

Week 8 01-05-2017

Non-communicable Diseases

Week 9 08-05-2017

Introduction to Genetics

Week 10 15-05-2017

Residential School 15-16 May

Week 11 22-05-2017

Finalisation, Completion and Submission of Group Task Written Assessment 2. (One student per group to submit the Poster.)

Assessment item 2: Group Activity Poster (Obesity's impact on modern healthcare) Due Friday (26 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Individual Reflection on Material/Concepts Covered

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

This unit has a compulsory Residential School for all students.To pass the Unit you must attend the full Residential School.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item 1: Historical perspective on the role of medical science professionals, through to modern healthcare settings
Task Description

This task is a written assignment exploring the development of one of the core medical science disciplines of Pathology, Clinical Investigations, Nutrition or Biotechnology. Your essay will cover key events which shaped one of these these professions from prior to the 20th century to the present day.

Students will build a timeline and provide written discussion of 1000 words (+ 10%) which includes 5 sections as follows:
200 (+ 10%) words per section
1. Discuss what procedures were available/conducted from the 1900’s to the present regarding one of the following specialisation areas: nutrition investigations; clinical investigations; pathology; or biotechnology.
2. What persons performed these procedures (were they specialists or general scientists/doctors/nurses etc.).
3. Impact of technology advancement on procedures and processes.
4. Discuss one important event that has impacted a procedure, technique or understanding.
5. Draw a timeline which depicts your discussion from points 1 to 4.
(Please refer to the example of a Timeline on the Moodle Site. However, this is not expected to be the only way in which a timeline can be presented. The timeline design is completely up to each individual student, and you should feel free to be as creative as you would like with it.)
For this assessment item you might like to search the CQUni Library for Journal Review Articles or Books in your chosen discipline. Sometimes they start with an 'historical' review. This, however, should not be directly copied, but the ideas mentally 'digested' and then the assignment is written in your own words. The sources used need to also be referenced.
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
1. Discuss what procedures were available/conducted from 1900’s to the present regarding one of the following specialisation areas: nutrition; clinical measurements; pathology; or biotechnology. (Content 4 marks)
2. What persons performed these procedures (were they specialists or general scientist/doctors/nurses etc.) (Content 4 marks)
3. Impact of technology advancement on procedures and processes. (Content 4 marks)
4. Discuss one important event that has impacted a procedure, technique or understanding. (Content 4 marks)
5. Draw a timeline which depicts your discussion from points 1 to 4. (Quality/Clarity of figure 4 marks)
Quality of Title for written assignment, scientifically worded and concise (1 mark)
Referencing, Harvard Style, including accurate citations and reference list; minimum of three referencs used. (3 marks)
Organisation, as a scientific communication (3 marks)
Spelling and grammar accuracy (3 marks)
TOTAL: 30 MARKS.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task, in order to pass the course.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

You must submit this assessment via the ASSESSMENT block on the course Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Illustrate the application of medical sciences in modern healthcare.

2. Outline the standards of practice in medical sciences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item 2: Group Activity Poster (Obesity's impact on modern healthcare)
Task Description

This Assessment Item is a group exercise to produce a poster using PowerPoint, on the topic of medical examination of OBESITY in a person. A group exercise is important for developing skills for a key CQUni Graduate Attribute of Teamwork. You will work in groups of five or six students to produce the poster. Students will be allocated to groups randomly, following census date in Week 4. Each group will be allocated a workspace to communicate on the unit Moodle site. Your group will look at the assessment and treatment plan for an obese person from the perspectives of each of the specialisations of Pathology, Clinical Measurements and Nutrition. If there are one or more students in a group whose focus is on Biotechnology, this specialisation may also be included.

Poster templates can be found by a search on PowerPoint but you are not limited to this source. One of these PowerPoint poster templates is also provided under the Week 6 link on Moodle. There are no specific word limits for the poster, however, the poster should be all on one landscape page and be clearly laid out. Include your names under the title as the authors of the poster. You can use smaller print for the names to save space if you wish. One or more figures are encouraged to attract reader interest. However, do not include so many figures there is insufficient room left for fully covering the topic in text.

For a group assessment item first think about and discuss how you will organise your group. Do you want to appoint a leader, or simply work together?

For a poster, each section has to be concise and to the point, clearly covering the main aspects in the space available. Each section related to the three or four specialisations should be roughly of the same length.

One possible suggestion of how to approach this as a group exercise is:

Student 1: Prepare Title and Introduction. This might need to be done last, to be fully aware of the content covered.

Student 2: Write about the Pathology perspective. For example, what pathology tests might be done on an obese patient and why?

Student 3: Write a section about what Clinical Measurements might be diagnostic, or associated with an obese patient, to identify/confirm any problems.

Student 4: Write a section about the Nutrition approach to obesity by way of testing procedures and how general advice might be dispensed.

Student 5: Sum up the findings briefly in a conclusion. You should integrate the findings from each section in the conclusion so it is cohesive.

If there is a sixth student in a group, they could possibly be involved in putting the sections together and proof reading the document.

Font size and type is left up to the group, but ensure the font is not distracting and also would be large enough to read easily should the poster be printed.

All references used should be listed at the end in Harvard style. For in-text citations use a superscript number that matches the ordered reference number in the reference list. For a poster, number superscripts are less distracting than full written citations as would be required in a report. A smaller font may be used for the reference list to conserve space.


Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
Overall effectiveness of the poster including use of figures, 5 marks

Coverage of each of the three or four specialisations (content), 15 marks

Introduction and Conclusions (integrated in regard the different specialisations), 10 marks

Writing style, spelling, grammar, 5 marks

Referencing (quality and accuracy); minimum of three references used, 5 marks

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task, in order to pass the course.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

One student per group must submit this assessment via the ASSESSMENT block on the course Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Understand investigative procedures used in medical sciences.

4. Understand key roles of each discipline in medical sciences.

5. Understand professional practice in medical sciences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence



3 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title Assessment item 3: Online quiz covering Residential School material/activities
Task Description
You are required to complete an online quiz on the Moodle Unit site to assess your knowledge and understanding of learning material covered during the Residential School. The quiz will be opened the day after the Residential School (17 th May, 2017, 6.00 a.m. EST), and closed a week later (24 th May, 2017, 11.55 p.m. EST). You will be permitted only ONE attempt at the quiz. You will have 60 minutes to complete the quiz, which will consist of 30 multiple choice questions. The quiz is 'open book' so you can apply any notes you have recorded or were provided with at the Residential School.
Assessment Due Date The quiz will be opened the day after the Residential School (17 th May, 2017, 6 a.m. EST), and closed a week later (24 th May, 2017, 11.55 p.m. EST).
Return Date to Students Marks will be available within 1 week of the quiz closing.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Results and correct answers to the quiz questions will be available within one week after the quiz has closed.

Quiz questions will have definitive ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers. 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer. Negative marking will NOT apply.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task, in order to pass the course.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

You will access the quizzes via the related link in the ASSESSMENT block on the course Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Outline the standards of practice in medical sciences.

3. Understand investigative procedures used in medical sciences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy




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