HLTH SC 1002 - Create. Communicate. Connect with Health and Medical Sciences

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Have you ever wondered what a career in the health and medical sciences encompasses and the attributes that you need to excel in this field? This course will explore these questions through three modules, each with a different focus and include contributions from health and medical sciences teachers and professionals. The first module will focus on the development of academic, research, communication and independent learning skills that are required for success in health and medical sciences careers. The second module will enhance student's skills and confidence in oral, written and interpersonal communication equipping students with the capacity to provide and communicate solutions and knowledge to others. The third module will facilitate students to begin networking and connecting with active health and medical scientists through peer and staff mentors, in their very first semester of study. The learning outcomes of this course will be achieved through the delivery of seminars, interactive workshops and small group discovery experience (SGDE) where students will have the opportunity to interact with health and medical science professionals.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HLTH SC 1002
    Course Create. Communicate. Connect with Health and Medical Sciences
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences or Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Adv).
    Course Description Have you ever wondered what a career in the health and medical sciences encompasses and the attributes that you need to excel in this field? This course will explore these questions through three modules, each with a different focus and include contributions from health and medical sciences teachers and professionals.
    The first module will focus on the development of academic, research, communication and independent learning skills that are required for success in health and medical sciences careers.
    The second module will enhance student's skills and confidence in oral, written and interpersonal communication equipping students with the capacity to provide and communicate solutions and knowledge to others.
    The third module will facilitate students to begin networking and connecting with active health and medical scientists through peer and staff mentors, in their very first semester of study.
    The learning outcomes of this course will be achieved through the delivery of seminars, interactive workshops and small group discovery experience (SGDE) where students will have the opportunity to interact with health and medical science professionals.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Bonnie Williams

    Course co-ordinators are Dr Bonnie Williams and Mrs Emma Muhlack.
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 – Identify possible pathways in health and medical sciences and what skills are required
    2 – Demonstrate skills in locating, interpreting, evaluating and reporting appropriate information relevant to health and medical sciences
    3 – Apply appropriate oral and written communication skills to effectively engage with peers and staff
    4 – Positively contribute as a member of a learning community
    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)
    1,4
    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
    1,3,4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,3,4
    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
    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
    1,3,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course information will be provided on MyUni. Students are expected to engage frequently with this material.

    Course notes for each workshop session will be provided for download and will serve as a reference or template for taking notes.
    Recommended Resources
    There is no required/recommended textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and activities completed throughout workshops, will be available on the MyUni course pages.
    Online Learning
    All course material for workshops and lectures will be available on MyUni, along with supporting resources. Material will be released in line with the teaching and learning activities in each week.

    The primary means of communication outside of formal contact hours will be via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Learning will be supported by seminars, interactive workshops, small group discovery experience and online resources. Learning will be assessed through written and oral assessment, quizzes, and short answer assessments.
    Workload

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

    156 hours for the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Foundation research skills
    Time management skills 
    Literature searching and academic referencing
    Scientific writing
    Problem solving and decision making skills 

    Communication skills
    Communication and interpersonal skills
    Professional communication skills
    Working as a team
    Effective oral communication
    Receiving & providing feedback

    Developing career awareness
    Introduction to the health and medical science majors
    Introduction to the careers available for health and medical science graduates
    Choosing a career in health and medical science that best suits your interests and personal attributes
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small groups of students will work together to examine a health issue and propose solutions at the individual and population level to that issue. Students' solutions will be presented in oral format during class time. Students will also assess the work of their peers across a number of criteria.
  • 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 TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
    Workshop Participation Summative 10% 1, 2, 3 & 4
    Writing & Researching Skills Summative 35% 1, 2 & 3
    Group Work Skills Summative 30% 1, 2, 3 & 4
    Career Awareness Portfolio Summative 25% 1, 2 & 3
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance and participation at workshops from weeks 3-12 forms 10% of your overall mark, based on your active participation in these sessions. Attendance is important at all workshops as this course teaches practical skills during this time. This is the only contact time, apart from an introductory lecture, for the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Workshop Participation (12%)
    This course relies heavily on your active involvement within the workshops to maximise your skill development and contribution to your Small Group Discovery Experience Task.

    Writing & Research Skills (35%)
    Students will be assessed on various skills needed to write a high quality scientific literature review, such as finding information, critically analysing, interpreting and synthesing scientific information, and developing scientific writing skills. This assessment will include (1) demonstration of researching information using appropriate database searches, (2) developing an well structured essay plan (3) a final written scientific literature review. 

    Group Work Skills & Small Group Discovery Experience (28%)
    Using a case based problem, you will work with a small group of student peers to deeply understand your health and medical science related topic. You will have both individual and group work tasks throughout the semester. As a group you will perform a final oral presentation on your health topic. Working well in a team environment is a key graduate attribute and an important skill ALL employers look for. 

    Career Awareness Portfolio (25%)
    What does a career in health and medical sciences look like? You will explore this idea through investigation of alumni careers and reflect on your own motivations about why you have decided to undertake this degree and where it will to take you.
    Submission
    e-submission and e-marking will be used.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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.

    Instructor and course SELTs will be run annually. A summary of the previous years SELT reports, including an overview of the actions taken by the course coordinators in response to any issues raised will be provided via the MyUni course pages.
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