CHIR13010 - Systems and Pathology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will build upon your conceptual understanding of the causes, mechanisms and consequences of disease and dysfunction of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, haematopoietic, reproductive, respiratory, endocrine, renal and digestive systems. You will critically evaluate the multifactorial symptoms of dysfunction in order to infer the likely causative pathophysiological condition. Importance will be placed on understanding that different pathologies frequently cause a suite of similar symptoms but can nevertheless be differentiated on the basis of the combination, intensity and development of those symptoms. This knowledge will be used in conjunction with the examination protocols and procedures taught in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 3, in order to formulate a differential diagnosis.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

and

MBIO12013 Microbiology for Health Care

and

BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology or MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology

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 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Brisbane

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. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. In-class Test(s) 60%

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 52.38% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 39.62% 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: SUTE and staff
Feedback
Students reported that the tutorials were interactive and great for cementing learning material.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continue to provide interactive tutorials that help the students cement their understanding of the learning material.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued to provide interactive tutorials.
Source: SUTE and staff
Feedback
Students felt the written assessment task needed a more structured approach and not be as open ended.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator create a more structured framework and rubric for the written assessment task.
Action Taken
A marking rubric was created and provided at the start of term for the students.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Most students felt the content was challenging but they were also confident that they began to develop the tools required to help understand patient cases.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continue to develop the critical thinking tools needed to deconstruct patient cases.
Action Taken
The students were provided with more patient cases to help them develop their critical thinking skills.
Source: Verbal
Feedback
The students enjoyed the challenge of the written assignment and the research required to form a diagnosis for a real patient case.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit continue to use this assessment task.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
The students felt the content was heavy and the medical language difficult to understand.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator explore creating an introductory to medical jargon lecture and condense and streamline the content further, where possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Some students felt that they would benefit from the tutorial being delivered in person to help connect the concepts more easily.
Recommendation
It is recommended the unit coordinator explore moving the tutorial to an on-campus delivery mode.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common diseases
  2. Explain the pathophysiological basis of symptoms and signs of common diseases, using your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and pathology
  3. Analyse the combination, intensity and chronological development of a client’s symptoms, to infer the most likely pathological cause
  4. Explain the multifactorial nature of disease.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)
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
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)