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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 90.91% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 26.44% 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 felt that the residential school was an essential and enjoyable part of the learning process. Additional information on the professional context of the laboratory based skills would enhance learning.
Continue to develop students' practical skills via residential schools. Include further context for laboratory based skills in lectures and tutorials throughout the term.
Action Taken
Residential school and internal laboratories offered to students. Application of laboratory skills were included in lectures and tutorials.
Source: Student feedback.
Students appreciated discipline specific content and real world examples within lectures and tutorials.
Continue to deliver focused tutorials and lectures with relevant, real-world examples, from multiple discipline specialists.
Action Taken
Discipline specific guest lectures were provided by discipline experts.
Source: Self reflection.
Assessment focused tutorials facilitated student success.
Continue to deliver assessment based tutorials which establish expectations and clarify assessment requirements.
Action Taken
Dedicated tutorials for each assessment piece were provided throughout the term.
Source: Student feedback.
Some internal practical classes had time pressures with high numbers of activities to complete in a single session.
Timing and layout of practical classes will be revised without altering the learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback, observation.
Variable engagement with guest speakers based on alignment to chosen specialisation.
Continue to engage guest speakers for all specialisations and include an emphasis on the multidisciplinary nature of medical science.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback.
Students appreciated the inclusion of both foundation academic and career development skills.
Continue to include foundation academic and career development skills in the unit.
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