BMSC11003 - Professional Practice in Medical Sciences

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit supports you to identify and develop core professional practices and skills required by all graduates to succeed in your chosen career in the field of Medical Sciences. You will learn about medical science disciplines and develop foundation skills and knowledge. You will learn about your personal attributes; and develop study, organisational and planning skills which can be applied to your future career. An inter disciplinary, integrated approach will be provided so that you will understand the interrelationships across all disciplines of medical science and how each one is associated with clinical work, research and education. You will learn about your chosen profession and career options and plan your course and overall study path to build the knowledge and skills to reach your desired career outcomes. Throughout this unit, your academic, critical and creative thinking skills will be enhanced so that you can effectively engage in future studies.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Laboratory/Practical 30%
3. Portfolio 40%

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.56% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback
Students appreciated being introduced to the specialisations within this course through clinical examples.
Continue with the delivery of clinically relevant content in the lectures and residential school.
Action Taken
While we were not able to run a residential school due to Covid-19, the unit was restructured to give greater focus on each of the specialisations. The content was delivered by each of the discipline leads for each specialisation allowing focused clinical examples.
Source: Student feedback
Students appreciated the additional support from the weekly tutorial sessions.
Continue with the delivery of weekly tutorial sessions to engage with students.
Action Taken
Tutorial sessions were held throughout the term with a focus on student engagement.
Source: Student Feedback and Instructional Team
Students found the structure of the weekly topics difficult to follow.
Introduce a new textbook to enhance the organisation of teaching content and improve the structure of the teaching topics.
Action Taken
Review of available textbooks indicate that replacing the text would not address the underlying issues. In response, the teaching team restructured the unit so that it centres on the core skills required of a medical scientist and provides an introduction to each specialisation.
Source: Peer review feedback
Teaching content was not evenly distributed across all specialisations.
Refine weekly topics based on the newly introduced textbook to balance the teaching content across all specialisations.
Action Taken
The unit was restructured so that each specialty was given an equal distribution of time. Each specialty was introduced by the relevant discipline lead.
Source: Student Feedback and self reflection
The use of discipline specific lecturers increased the relevance of the unit
While BMSC11003 will be replaced by BUSN11016 in 2021, it is recommended that the future unit include access to discipline specialists to retain relevance.
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection and student feedback
Students benefited from live focused tutorials
While BMSC11003 will be replaced by BUSN11016 in 2021, it is recommended that live focused tutorials be included in the new unit to allow greater student engagement.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on individual personal skills and capabilities necessary to develop the attributes expected of graduates in a chosen medical science profession.
  2. Demonstrate learning success and resilience utilising introductory academic writing, critical thinking, organising, problem-solving and planning skills.
  3. Develop requisite discipline knowledge, underlying principles and concepts as a basis for career success.
  4. Create and maintain a professional e-Portfolio that synthesises knowledge of self, careers and disciplines to map academic, career and learning paths.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 9 10