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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 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

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Previous Feedback

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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.

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
The residential school was revised so that students had sufficient time to complete the practical tasks and had opportunity to engage with teaching staff.
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
Teaching content continued to have a strong focus on clinical and industrial relevance.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated being introduced to the specialisations within this course through clinical examples.
Recommendation
Continue with the delivery of clinically relevant content in the lectures and residential school.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the additional support from the weekly tutorial sessions.
Recommendation
Continue with the delivery of weekly tutorial sessions to engage with students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback and Instructional Team
Feedback
Students found the structure of the weekly topics difficult to follow.
Recommendation
Introduce a new textbook to enhance the organisation of teaching content and improve the structure of the teaching topics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Peer review feedback
Feedback
Teaching content was not evenly distributed across all specialisations.
Recommendation
Refine weekly topics based on the newly introduced textbook to balance the teaching content across all specialisations.
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