MEDIC ST 1102A - Clinical Practice I Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

From the first week of the course, students are introduced to the skills required for medical practice. Emphasis is placed on developing the clinical interviewing skills required to elicit and record a clinical history and to perform a physical examination. Clinical skills will be gained within a state-of-art Clinical Skills Laboratory located within the Medical School building.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MEDIC ST 1102A
    Course Clinical Practice I Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Weekly lectures, CBL sessions & resource sessions
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to MBBS students only
    Course Description From the first week of the course, students are introduced to the skills required for medical practice. Emphasis is placed on developing the clinical interviewing skills required to elicit and record a clinical history and to perform a physical examination. Clinical skills will be gained within a state-of-art Clinical Skills Laboratory located within the Medical School building.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Inta Rudaks

    Contact details:
    Ph: 83138362
    Course Timetable

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

    Further details of the timetable structure will be made available at the start of the course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 outline, recognise the consequences of and apply good OH&S and infection control practices;
    2 understand and appreciate the importance of the team approach to health care;
    3 identify the behaviours, characteristics and communications skills of a doctor that would promote an effective doctor patient relationship;
    4 appreciate and practice confidentiality regarding patient information;
    5 demonstrate knowledge of interviewing skills;
    6 describe the content, structure and function of a complete health history;
    7 apply clinical reasoning to the data gathered and thereby form a hypothesis about the patient’s condition;
    8 demonstrate an understanding of vital signs and the implications for a patient’s health;
    9 develop interviewing and history taking skills in the designated body systems;
    10 develop physical examination skills in the designated body systems;
    11 demonstrate ability to record assessment data using a prescribed framework;
    12 develop strategies to ensure doctors cope with their encounters with difficult patients;
    13 understand the requirements for appropriate professional behaviour;
    14 develop a commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students will be required to purchase a basic medical examination kit and textbooks.
    All students will require a stethoscope, watch and a pen torch. Suggestions for the selection of these will be available at the first tutorial.
    Other required resources will be advised as appropriate.
    Recommended Resources
    Extensive electronic and paper-based resources will be advised as the course progresses.
    Online Learning
    Material for the course will also be provided through MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will comprise both structured and self-directed learning. Hands-on small group tutorials will link to the specific case being undertaken by the students. Students will be required to develop a portfolio of guidelines.

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

    Students will be required to attend weekly 2 hour tutorials in the clinical skills laboratory. Students will also be expected to assimilate learning from the Medical Personal and Professional Development tutorials, Case-based Learning tutorials and the didactic lectures provided throughout the course, as well as and directed and self-directed study and translate this learning to the weekly tutorials and required assignments. 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 weekly 2 hour tutorials in the clinical skills laboratory. You will be given the learning objectives and the guidelines to be developed the week prior to the tutorial. This means that prior reading is compulsory. You will also required to develop a Portfolio of Clinical Guidelines. Each few weeks a different body system will be covered. Within the few weeks students will work through History Taking (HT), Physical Examination (PE), the relationship between HT and PE. Students will work with a tutor and Standardised Patients. There will be additional skills to be learnt – such as Blood Pressure – and these will also be assessable throughout the year, and in the end of year CS Practical Exam, the OSCE (observed structured clinical examination).
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students must meet the requirements set out in the letter of offer. As a medical student you will be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and are advised to read the student information porvided at:
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The predominant learning method for the MBBS Program is small group discovery learning.
  • 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
    Students are required to take both the Part A and the matching Part B course.

    Requirements to achieve a NGP in MEDIC ST 1102A/B are as follows:
    Assessment Task Task Type Timing Weighting
    Clinical Competency-
    Tutor assessment of Physical Examination and History taking skills during tutorials
    Summative- Hurdle Semester 1 0%
    Vital Signs Assessment Summative-Hurdle Semester 1 0%
    Case Write-Up Reports Summative Semester 1 20%
    Oral Case Presentation Summative Semester 1 10%
    Readiness Assurance Tests Summative Semester 1 15%
    Clinical Competency-
    Tutor assessment of Physical Examination and History taking skills during tutorials
    Summative-Hurdle Semester 2 0%
    Case Write-Up Reports Summative Semester 2 30%
    Oral Case Presentation Summative Semester 2 10%
    Readiness Assurance Tests Summative Semester 2 15%
    There are no units associated with the Part A (Semester 1, Part 1). Assessment for MEDIC ST 1102A/B is combined. Students will be awarded a Continuing Grade for MEDIC ST 1102A. Students must complete both MEDIC ST 1102A/B to gain a pass mark.

    All assessment items will be standard set for competency and the marks used to calculate the composite score adjusted according to standard setting.

    Students are required to attain an overall composite score from all assessment tasks equal to or greater than 50% to achieve an NGP An additional assessment will be offered to students who fail MEDIC ST 1102A/B with a composite score of 45-49%.

    If a student passes the course but does not meet the hurdle requirement, the course coordinator may use their discretion to offer additional assessment.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance requirements

    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 professional competencies required of a medical professional
    need to 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 activities is 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 coordinator and year level advisor if there are exceptional medical,
    compassionate or extenuating circumstances as defined by the Modified
    Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.

    Core structured learning activities for this course are weekly clinical practice tutorials, inter-professional learning sessions and simulation centre sessions. Students are required to engage in the pre-reading activities.

    Late Submissions

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for
    late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for
    each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days),
    up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied.
    This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved
    extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that

    Assessment Detail
    Complete assessment requirements for this course are detailed in the corresponding 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:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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.
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