MEDIC ST 3103B - Medical Professional & Personal Development III Pt 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

Through this stream students will develop competency in communication with patients, patients' relatives, peers and other health professionals. Alongside communication competency; students develop ethical and medico-legal knowledge and use this knowledge to resolve complex ethical; medico-legal and professional dilemmas. Strategies and skills for stress management; self care and professional capabilities for life as a medical practitioner are developed. Knowledge of the broader context

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MEDIC ST 3103B
    Course Medical Professional & Personal Development III Pt 2
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Weekly tutorials and regular lectures
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MEDIC ST 3000A, MEDIC 3102AHO, MEDIC ST 3103A and MEDIC ST 3104OL in addition to all previous years core courses, or by approval of the Dean of Medicine
    Restrictions Available to MBBS students only
    Course Description Through this stream students will develop competency in communication with patients, patients' relatives, peers and other health professionals. Alongside communication competency; students develop ethical and medico-legal knowledge and use this knowledge to resolve complex ethical; medico-legal and professional dilemmas. Strategies and skills for stress management; self care and professional capabilities for life as a medical practitioner are developed. Knowledge of the broader context
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Xi Li

    Course coordinator contact information:
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Timetables for the Years 1-3 MBBS Program are provided at the start of the course and are updated and posted weekly.  Schedules for the MBBS program may vary due to clinical obligations and students should always refer to the published MBBS weekly timetables.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Learning outcomes for Medic ST 31013A/B

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Apply the key ethical, legal and professional principles of medical practice
    2. Develop communication skills to manage specific and challenging clinical situations and patients with special needs.
    3. Critically evaluate the broader and health service specific strategies designed to address the disparities in the health, and health care outcomes, experienced by Indigenous peoples.
    4. Explain the causes and management of the impaired doctor/medical student; and apply self-care skills and stress management strategies.
    5. Analyse the concept of inequity and its contributing factors
    6. Develop skills in reflective practice
    7. Health economics: 
      • Describe the constraints placed upon medical care by the ultimate scarcity of resources
        1. Outline the key elements in a typical economic evaluation in a general medical journal
        2.  Explain the basic structure of the Australian health system and its impact on medical practice
        3.  Discuss the positive and negative incentives generated by the design of the health system
        4. Describe the main factors influencing the supply of and demand for medical practitioners in Australia
      University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

      University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

      Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

      Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


      Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

      Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


      Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

      Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


      Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

      Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


      Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

      Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


      Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

      Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


      Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

      Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


      Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

      Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    8. Learning Resources
      Required Resources
       Required resources are provided within the relevant MyUni course, or accessible via the library. 
      Recommended Resources
      Required resources are provided within the relevant MyUni course, or accessible via the library.
      Online Learning
      Online learning resources are provided within the relevant MyUni course, or accessible via the library.
    9. Learning & Teaching Activities
      Learning & Teaching Modes
      Learning and teaching will be delivered in a variety of modes: lectures, lectorials, online materials, simulation based activities, small group discovery learning, and workshops.

      The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

      Attendance at tutorials is compulsory.  While lectures are not compulsory, the material presented in a lecture will assist your ability to participate in tutorials and will provide examinable material.  The development of time management skills is important for future medical practice. Students are expected to develop study skills and allocate time to self-directed learning. In Years 1-3, the standard total student workload for 24 units is 48 hours a week.
      Learning Activities Summary
      Students will be required to attend small group tutorials, as well as lectures and workshops and undertake directed and self-directed study. Students are expected to translate this learning to tutorials and required assignments.  Students will also be expected to assimilate learning from the CBL and Clinical Skills tutorials and spend considerable time in practicing skills.
      Specific Course Requirements
      It was an MBBS entry requirement to obtain a police check as set out in letter of offer to prospective students. You may be required to update these depending on the clinical activities or other activities in which you participate. As a medical student you will be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.  Any other requirements will be advised.
    10. Assessment

      The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

      1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
      2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
      3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
      4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

      Assessment Summary
      Assessment for MEDIC ST 3103A/B is combined. Students must complete both MEDIC ST 3103A/B to gain a pass mark.

      Assessment Task Task Type Timing Weighting
      Communication skills quizzes Summative

      Semester 1

      Communication skills guided reflection Summative Semester 1 15%
      Professional reflections Summative Semester 2 15%
      Oral presentation: professionalism tutorial series Summative Semester 2 15%
      Indigenous Cultural Workshops Summative Semester 2 15%
      Health Economics Summative Semester 2 20%

      To achieve a NGP in MEDIC ST 3103A/B, Students are required to take both the Part A and the matching Part B course. Complete assessment requirements are contained within the relevant MyUni course.

      To pass this course and the Third Year MBBS Examination Annual Examination Part 2 course, students must obtain:

      •    a satisfactory result in each of the components of the summative assessment in semesters 1 and 2; and
      •    a satisfactory performance in the examinations overall

      If an overall borderline grade is achieved in the examinations, a student may be offered an opportunity to sit a Replacement/Additional Assessment examination.

      Academic Progression Requirements
      Progression from one year to the next in the MBBS is dependent on the student successfully completing a compulsory annual examination course in which a full year’s learning is assessed.

      To successfully complete the MEDIC ST 3000A and MEDIC ST 3000B Third Year MBBS Examination Part 1 and Part 2 courses, the student must pass the end of year examinations and have successfully completed all year level component courses (24 units).

      IF a student fails the compulsory examination course no passing grade will be received for any core medical studies courses.

      IF a student has not completed all required MEDIC ST units of the year they must successfully complete an appropriate remedial course of the same or greater value as specified in Term 4 of the same academic year.

      A student will only be eligible for summer school if the following criteria are met: 
      • The student does not have a recorded breach of genuine academic misconduct;
      • The student has completed all formative and summative assessment tasks within the failed course;
      • The student has attended more than 80% of teaching activities for which attendance is recorded across the academic year, within the failed course.

      Assessment Related Requirements
      There are attendance requirements which must be met. Students should also note that requirements for professional behaviour standards which are set out in the year level assessment documents. 

      Students must learn and appropriately use a complex set of skills to achieve the learning outcomes in the MBBS courses. These skills cannot be learnt without repeated practice, constructive feedback and then practice again. In addition, the professionalcompetencies required of a medical professional need to be developed. Development of competency is through discussions, observing, practicing and demonstrating.

      Attendance at the mandatory learning activities is essential for the progressive development of the attributes and competencies required of a medical professional. As such, attendance at core structured learning activitiesis mandatory as per the Assessment for Coursework Policy – Procedures Section 1c.  Students must attend 90% of the core  structured learning activities to achieve a pass in this course.

      Exemptions to mandatory attendance requirements may be granted by the Program Coordinator in consultation with the relevant course coordinatorand year level advisor if there are exceptional medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances as defined by the ModifiedArrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. 

      Mandatory core structured learning activities for this course are:
      - Medical Practice tutorials/SGDE
      - Indigenous cultural workshops and presentations
      - Health Economics tutorials and assignments
      - Formative MPPD revision and OSCE session
      Assessment Detail
      Complete assessment requirements for the MBBS Program are set out in the relevant Canvas course.
      Students may be required to submit assessments via Turnitin.
      Course Grading

      Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

      GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
      Grade Description
      CN Continuing
      FNS Fail No Submission
      NFE No Formal Examination
      F Fail
      NGP Non Graded Pass
      P Pass
      C Credit
      D Distinction
      HD High Distinction
      RP Result Pending

      Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

      Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

      Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme: GS4 Non-graded pass.

      Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

      Students should familarise themselves with the University Policy on Additional Assessment/Replacement Assessment.
    11. Student Feedback

      The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

      SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

      The MBBS Program has a regular program of evaluation.  In addition, student representatives are appointed to MBBS committees and are encouraged to report on issues of importance to students.
    12. Student Support
    13. Policies & Guidelines
    14. Fraud Awareness

      Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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