HLTH SC 1005 - Principles of Human Health and Disease

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The theory will be presented in lectures clustered into six themes. Each fortnightly theme is designed to start with a case-study description of human clinical symptoms, as a starting point for building an integrated view of the relevant anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology foundations. Lectures are supported by fortnightly in-class review sessions (`lectorials') and weekly on-line tutorials and workshops. Further exploration of concepts is supported by recommended readings and selfpaced on-line formative study guide exercises. Assessed on-line tutorials promote regular revision of main concepts throughout the semester, and the development of problem-solving skills. Two special guest lectures "Ask An Expert" at the end of term will feature invited world-class research scientists in Adelaide who will speak to the students at a lay person's level about cutting-edge research relevant to a lecture theme, and answer questions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HLTH SC 1005
    Course Principles of Human Health and Disease
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ANAT SCI 1102 or BIOLOGY 1101 or BIOLOGY 1310A or approval from the course coordinator
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM 1101 OR SACE Stage 1 or 2 with a final grade of C or below (or equiv)
    Course Description The theory will be presented in lectures clustered into six themes. Each fortnightly theme is designed to start with a case-study description of human clinical symptoms, as a starting point for building an integrated view of the relevant anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology foundations.
    Lectures are supported by fortnightly in-class review sessions (`lectorials') and weekly on-line tutorials and workshops. Further exploration of concepts is supported by recommended readings and selfpaced on-line formative study guide exercises. Assessed on-line tutorials promote regular revision of main concepts throughout the semester, and the development of problem-solving skills. Two special guest lectures "Ask An Expert" at the end of term will feature invited world-class research scientists in Adelaide who will speak to the students at a lay person's level about cutting-edge research relevant to a lecture theme, and answer questions.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Beckett

    Course coordinator:  Dr Liz Beckett
    email:  elizabeth.beckett@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

    The theory will be presented in lectures clustered into six themes, selected from topics such as hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cancer; cardiovascular disease; neurodegenerative disease; reproductive and developmental disorders;  inherited disorders and other human disease conditions. Each fortnightly theme is designed to start with a case-study description of human clinical symptoms, as a starting point for building an integrated view of the relevant anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology foundations. Over the fortnight, the students gain knowledge that allows them to 'discover' the diagnosis and to understand the key principles that underpin human health and disease.Lectures are supported by fortnightly in-class review sessions (‘lectorials') and on-line tutorials.Further exploration of concepts is supported by recommended readings and self-paced on-lineformative exercises. Six assessed on-line tutorials promote regular revision of main conceptsthroughout the semester, and the development of problem-solving skills. Two special guest lectures"Ask An Expert" at the end of term will feature invited world-class research scientists in Adelaide who will speak to the students at a lay person's level about cutting-edge research relevant to a lecture theme, and answer questions. Six on-line workshops in alternate weeks will develop scientific skills in gathering, organising, understanding, analysing and citing scientific information, culminating in a referenced essay on current research progress in an area relevant to one of the lecture themes.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understand the foundational concepts of medical sciences with an appreciation of the connections from the molecular to the systems levels.
    2 Explain the foundation for understanding the causes, consequences, and treatment strategies for a range of human diseases.
    3 Interpret case studies at an introductory level, and to solve problems and situationswith logic and knowledge based on first principles in human biology.
    4 Discuss the biological processes essential for the maintenance of health and therelevance of the concepts to scientific and medical research.
    5 Develop an ability to read and critically evaluate a case study, to formulate a hypothesis,to explore sources of information to interpret the outcomes.
    6 Acquire techniques for evaluating the quality and rigor of evidence presented to supportan idea, and honed skills in critical thinking.
    7 Explain major principles in human medical sciences and discuss gaps in ourknowledge base that remain to be explored.
    8 Understand how to locate relevant information with on-line databases and search tools to accurately select, interpret and cite scientific references.

    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)
    1,2,4,7
    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
    3,5,6,7
    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
    2,5,6,8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    N/A
    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
    2,3,4
    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
    2,3,4,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All of the course information will be provided on MyUni, including the class schedule, courseobjectives, assessment dates, lecture notes, MyMedia lecture recordings, recommended readings,and online tutorial and workshop materials, links and quizzes, study guides, course policies,assessment templates, and course manual. Course notes for each lecture will be provided fordownload in advance of each lecture, and serve as a reference or template for taking notes.Recommended course readings and links to relevant websites will be posted on the course MyUniwebsite for each lecture. The recommended textbook ("Visual Anatomy & Physiology"; Martini et al.) for the course is available as an electronic version, and also provides useful formative materials and animations that instructors will incorporate into their lecture presentations and course notes
    Recommended Resources
    The recommended textbook ("Visual Anatomy & Physiology"; Martini et al.) for the course is available as an electronic version, and also provides useful formative materials and animations that instructors will incorporate into their lecture presentations and course notes.
    Online Learning
    Downloadable MyMedia recordings of the lectures will be posted on MyUni after each lecture to provide students opportunities to review the lecture material on- and off-line. Recommended course readings and links to relevant websites will be posted on the course MyUni website for each lecture. Online tutorial and workshop materials will be posted in advance, allowing students to work through the background and study guide questions before going on-line to MyUni to fill in the answers.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The theory will be presented in lectures clustered into six themes, such as (1) Hypertension; (2) Metabolic syndrome; (3) Cancer; (4) Cardiovascular disease; (5) Degenerative disease; and (6) Reproductive and developmental disorders.Each fortnightly theme is designed to start with a case-study description of human clinical symptoms, as a starting point for building an integrated view of the relevant anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology foundations. Over the fortnight, the students gain knowledge that allows them to 'discover' the diagnosis and to understand the key principles that underpin human health and disease.Lectures are supported by fortnightly in-class review sessions (‘lectorials') and on-line tutorials.Further exploration of concepts is supported by recommended readings and self-paced on-lineformative exercises. Six assessed on-line tutorials promote regular revision of main conceptsthroughout the semester, and the development of problem-solving skills. Two special guest lectures"Ask An Expert" at the end of term will feature invited world-class research scientists in Adelaide who will speak to the students at a lay person's level about cutting-edge research relevant to a lecture theme, and answer questions. Six on-line workshops in alternate weeks will develop scientific skills in gathering, organising, understanding, analysing and citing scientific information, culminating in a referenced essay on current research progress in an area relevant to one of the lecture themes.
    Workload

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

    Contact hours (semester)
      24 lectures at 1 hour each
      6 in class lectorials at 1 hr each
      3 in class examinations at 1 hr each
      2 special lectures at 1 hr each
    TOTAL 35 hrs

    Non contact hours (semester)
      Review of lecture materials (24 lectures at 2 h each), 60 hrs
      Study for examinations  25 hrs
      Preparation for tutorials, 12 hrs
      Preparation for research skills workshops, 12 hrs
    TOTAL 109 hrs

    Workload:  144 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    The theory will be presented in lectures clustered into six themes. Each fortnightly theme is designed to start with a case-study description of human clinical symptoms, as a starting point for building an integrated view of the relevant anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology foundations.Lectures are supported by fortnightly in-class review sessions (‘lectorials') and weekly on-line tutorials and workshops. Further exploration of concepts is supported by recommended readings and selfpaced on-line formative study guide exercises. Assessed on-line tutorials promote regular revision of main concepts throughout the semester, and the development of problem-solving skills. Two special guest lectures "Ask An Expert" at the end of term will feature invited world-class research scientists in Adelaide who will speak to the students at a lay person's level about cutting-edge research relevant to a lecture theme, and answer questions.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Prerequisite(s): ANAT SCI 1102 (Human Biology 1A); OR BIOLOGY 1101 (Molecules Genes & Cells); OR BIOLOGY 1310A (Fundamentals of Biomedical Science); OR approval from the course coordinator.
  • 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
    3 examinations (18 marks each) are held during the scheduled class times (e.g., in weeks 5, 9and 12 of the semester). Each exam covers material from two blocks of lectures. A passing gradeon the summed exams score is required to pass the course, constituting a hurdle.An optional comprehensive exam (covering all six themes) is available in the end-of-semesteruniversity examination period. The higher of the two (either the summed in-class exams score; orthe comprehensive final exam score) will be used as the theory examination component mark. While students will be offered the better result of their attempts, the 40% minimum hurdle requirement must be met.6 x On-line tutorials/workshops, at 5 marks each.1 x Referenced essay report (10%): Short essay with correct bibliographic citations, summarising current progress on a topic in medical science research related to one of the six case study themes.2 x "Ask An Expert" guest lectures (e.g., in weeks 11 and 12). Students receive marks persession for being actively engaged in the lecture and filling out a form to be submitted directly to the course coordinator at the end of the class with name, student ID, and a relevant question.  These forms and questions will be assessed by the course coordinator.  Students will receive 0 marks for no submission, 1 mark for submission with minimal effort, 2 marks for submission with satisfactory effort and 3 marks for submission demonstrating evidence of solid comprehension of the subject matter.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    NA
    Assessment Detail
    Exams     54%
    Online tutorials and workshops    30%
    Special lecture sessions       6%
    Referenced essay      10%
    Submission
    NA
    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    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.

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

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