BMSC11003 - Introduction to Medical Sciences

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides an introduction to Medical Laboratory Science and Medical Science including the majors of Biotechnology, Clinical Measurement, Nutrition and Pathology. An inter-disciplinary, integrated approach will be provided so that you will understand the interrelationships across disciplines and how each one is associated with clinical work, research and education. 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. Upon completion of this unit you will be able to demonstrate industry accepted communication strategies and fundamental laboratory skills as they relate to the medical sciences.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
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 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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 50%
2. Portfolio 50%

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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25.77% 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: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Despite a written introduction to each activity in the Residential School Manual, and the new manual being made available on the Moodle site well before the residential school, a number of students indicated they would like more verbal explanations before they undertake an activity.
Recommendation
Before the start of each activity a brief verbal explanation could be provided by the supervisor or demonstrator, with an opportunity for questions.
Action Taken
A brief overview of the laboratory activities was presented at the start of each session. Notably the res school activities were overhauled this year and were different to previous presentations.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Students were pleased with the prompt return of marked assessment items and the feedback.
Recommendation
Continue with prompt return of marked assessment items with useful feedback.
Action Taken
Assessments were returned within a suitable period of time as per university recommendations.
Source: Discussion with students; Assessment Committee discussion
Feedback
The question was raised about the degree of contribution of each student in a group work assessment item.
Recommendation
If a group assessment item is to be used again next year the Unit Coordinator could consider incorporating a system where students anonymously peer review the degree of contribution of other students in the group.
Action Taken
The group work assessment now includes a SPA which allows each group member to evaluate their team members based on contribution to the overall goal / task.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students would appreciate having more time to complete some of the bigger/more involved practicals during the residential school
Recommendation
Staff will investigate ways to change the presentation of the residential school so that more time can be allocated to larger practicals.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students felt the content presented was integral to their development as a medical scientist.
Recommendation
Continue presenting industry related content which is relevant for a career in the medical sciences.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate communication skills used in medical science practice
  2. Describe standards of practice and ethical principles in medical science
  3. Report determinants of health and well-being across populations
  4. Perform fundamental techniques and procedures used in medical science with analysis of outcomes.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - 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
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 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio