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BMSC12007 - Neurological Physiology & Measurement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Accurate assessment and management of neurological conditions requires comprehensive knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. You will study the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, the pathophysiology of neurological conditions and diagnostic tests related to neurological function.This unit prepares you for entry into the clinical environment by discussing the foundational knowledge of neurophysiology and application of key clinical concepts that will be required to provide health care to patients within your chosen health profession. Attendance at practical activities is a requirement of this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 or ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals.

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 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville

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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Examination 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.21% 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 evaluation survey
Feedback
Case study tutorials assisted students to appreciate real world applications of relevant clinical concepts.
Recommendation
Continue provision of weekly case study tutorials.
Action Taken
The delivery of weekly case study tutorials was continued in 2021.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Students expressed dissatisfaction with the audio quality of the pre-recorded lectures.
Recommendation
Investigate methods for improving sound quality on recorded lectures.
Action Taken
The audio settings were constantly checked before delivering the live lectures.
Source: Unit evaluation, self-reflection
Feedback
Completion of online practical modules and lab workbook (report) were confusing and involved complex tasks.
Recommendation
Clear, simple and well-formatted online modules/lab workbook will be developed.
Action Taken
The online modules were simplified and reformatted for clarity.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
The worksheets and the written assessment helped in consolidating the key concepts.
Recommendation
Continue use of clinical case scenarios as an assessment item and provision of weekly worksheets as learning tools.
Action Taken
The use of detailed clinical case scenario as an assessment item and weekly worksheets as learning tools continued in 2021.
Source: Students feedback from the residential school
Feedback
Students wanted a clear marking rubric for the OSCE.
Recommendation
Detailed marking rubric will be developed for the OSCE.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Residential school practical tasks assisted students to appreciate real world applications of relevant clinical concepts and consolidate their learning.
Recommendation
Continue inclusion of practical tasks in the residential school.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Students appreciated the continued support (worksheets, tutorials, prompt responses to queries) provided throughout the term.
Recommendation
Continue provision of various learning resources and consistent communication with students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Students suggested earlier turn around of feedback for the written assessment.
Recommendation
Consider possibility of revising the deadline earlier in the term to give students time to reflect on the feedback provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the detailed structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system
  2. Discuss neurological function of peripheral motor and sensory nerves
  3. Apply knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology to interpret key clinical concepts
  4. Identify the pharmacological basis of drugs that affect the nervous system
  5. Perform relevant tests to assess neurological function.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination