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CHIR13010 - Systems and Pathology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course will build upon the conceptual understanding of the physiological causes and consequences of disease and dysfunction of the cardiovascular, reproductive, nervous, skeletal, respiratory, integumentary, endocrine, renal, digestive and sensory systems developed in Medical Pathophysiology. In this course you will critically evaluate multifactorial symptoms of dysfunction (including results of laboratory testing and medical imaging) 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 offer a differential diagnosis and make recommendations for treatment.

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

For 2015:

Pre-requisites: BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2, MBIO12013 Microbiology for Health Care & BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology

Effective 2016:

Pre-requisites: BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2, MBIO12013 Microbiology for Health Care & 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 - 2015

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Online
Sydney
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Sydney

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 40%
2. Examination 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students appreciated the interesting and engaging style of the lecturer.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the lecturer continues to provide an interesting and engaging learning environment.
Action Taken
A new lecturer was assigned to this unit, as the previous lecturer became unavailable. The new lecturer sought to continue to provide an engaging and interesting learning environment.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students found the content was clearly presented and delivered.
Recommendation
It is recommended that content always be presented and delivered in a clear manner.
Action Taken
Some content was updated to provide more clinically relevant application of the content.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students felt that the assessment tasks should have been due earlier in the term so they could track their progress better.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the assessment task due dates be examined for the opportunity to move them earlier in the term.
Action Taken
The assessment tasks were redistributed to take the pressure off the end of term.
Source: Have Your Say and staff
Feedback
Some students felt the amount of content was overwhelming.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the amount of content be reviewed to ensure it is required and not reviewing previous content taught in other units.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students felt that the time allowed for the quizzes should be extended.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the amount of time allocated to the quizzes be reviewed by the discipline to ensure the time provided is appropriate.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students appreciated the clinical focus and application of the information within the unit.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the content continue to be updated to ensure a more clinically relevant focus.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss pathological conditions with both clients and health professionals.
  2. Explain the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations (common symptoms and signs) of common diseases.
  3. Interpret the symptoms of the common pathologies of the cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, haematopoietic, endocrine, immune, digestive, urinary, reproductive, musculoskeletal, nervous, integumentary and sensory systems.
  4. Analyse the combination, intensity and chronological development of a client’s symptoms to infer the most likely pathological cause.
  5. Justify, using logical argument, a differential diagnosis of the client’s pathological condition.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
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Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination