MEDIC ST 1000A - First Year MBBS Examination Part1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MEDIC ST 1000A
    Course First Year MBBS Examination Part1
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Judi Nairn

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of Year 1 of the MBBS program, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of:
    • the normal structure and function of the body (at all levels from molecule to organism)
    • the different ways disease may present in patients
    • outlining the disease processes (pathology) by construction of mechanisms
    • identifying the mechanism for functional changes associated with a disease or syndrome (pathophysiology)
    • the content, structure and function of a complete patient history
    • the basic investigations used to explore the pathology of patient problems
    • the risks to, and importance of, self-care and well-being in relation to their work as a medical professional

    2. Demonstrate competency, as expected at Year 1 level, in the following areas of clinical skills and reasoning:
    • using a range of effective communication skills to conduct doctor-patient interviews, including history-taking covering all essential aspects- biological, psychological, social and cultural
    • analysing a clinical case, including: identifying significant data, generating hypotheses to explain the causes of common symptoms, and explaining the mechanism underlying the physiology, pathology and pathophysiology of the case
    • performing physical examinations in relation to designated body systems
    • performing core skills under supervision

    3. Demonstrate the following professional attributes:
    • commitment to high quality clinical standards, compassion, empathy and respect for all patients
    • respecting the roles and expertise of other health care professionals and behaving ethically in interactions with patients, peers, and educators
    • learning and working effectively and cooperatively as a member of an inter-professional team
    • self-assessing learning needs and identifying areas of study contributing to small group learning and the professional development of other health care professionals

    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)
    1, 2, 3
    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
    2, 3
    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
    1, 2, 3
    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
    1, 2, 3
    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 & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    Please see "Assessment Detail".
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Professional Requirements
    All medical students are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia. The staff of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences manage student registration by providing a list of enrolled medical students to the AHPRA. Students do not need to register individually.

    Students must adhere to the codes, guidelines and policies of these agencies. Further information about your obligations as registered members of the medical profession can be found on the websites of the registration bodies:

    The University of Adelaide has developed a Code of Conduct in consultation with the Medical Board of Australia to guide students and clarify expectations of student conduct on a range of issues and in various situations. The Code of Conduct is found in the canvas course associated with this course.

    Attendance Requirements
    All courses in the MBBS program have attendance requirements that are clearly outlined in the respective Course Outlines.
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment Task Task Type Timing Weighting (%)
    Professional Requirements Quiz   Summative Hurdle Semester 1 0
    Medical Knowledge Examination (MKE)* Summative MCQ paper 1

    Semester 1

    Medical Knowledge Examination (MKE)* Summative
    MCQ paper 2

    Semester 2

    Clinical Reasoning Examination (CRE) Summative

    Semester 2

    Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) Summative

    Semester 2

    *The overall mark for MKE is calculated by the combined mark for MCQ papers 1 and 2 and students will receive their overall MKE mark at the end of the year.

    The MKE overall is a hurdle requirement and students must achieve 50% or greater both for the MKE overall AND the composite total of all assessment tasks (MKE overall, CRE and OSCE) to be awarded NGP.

    Students who achieve 50% or greater for the composite total of all assessment tasks (MKE overall, CRE and OSCE) but 45-49% for the MKE overall will be offered an additional assessment.

    Students who achieve 50% or greater for the MKE but 45-49% for a composite total of all assessment tasks (MKE overall, CRE and OSCE) will be offered an additional assessment.

    All additional assessments will take place during the Semester 2 replacement / additional examination period. The result of a passed additional assessment is 50%.

    Progression Requirements

    Courses Required for completion of Year 1 Unit value of the course Grade
    MEDIC ST 1101A/B Scientific Basis of Medicine 6 NGP*
    MEDIC ST 1102A/B Clinical Skills I 6 NGP
    MEDIC ST 1103A/B Medical Professional & Personal
    Development I
    6 NGP
    BIOLOGY 1310A/B Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 6 Pass grade or better
    Total 24
    * NGP is defined in Grade Scheme 8. Requirements to achieve a Pass or NGP in courses are detailed in the relevant course outline.

    To progress into year 2 a student must pass MEDIC ST 1000A/B - First Year MBBS Examination Part 1/2, and three of the four core courses.

    Students must remediate all failed units prior to graduation. Some courses may offer an optional summer school to allow to students to achieve this.

    No information currently available.

    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.

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

  • 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.

  • Student Support
    Medicine Language and Learning is an optional course open to MBBS students which has an emphasis on effective communication, essential to the successful practice of medicine. This includes exploring the impact of culture on communication. It is designed for international students but is open to all students, regardless of language and cultural background. Delivery of the program is in small group sessions.
    Further information about Medicine Language and Learning can be found in the course outline.
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

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