HLTH SC 2103 - Contemporary Understanding of Disease and Treatment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code HLTH SC 2103 Course Contemporary Understanding of Disease and Treatment Coordinating Unit Medicine Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites ANAT SC 1102 or BIOLOGY 1101 Incompatible PHARM 2200, PATHOL 2200, PHARM 2100 Assumed Knowledge HLTH SC 2104 Course Description This course will provide an overview of contemporary issues in pathology and drug use and expand on concepts developed in Disease and their Treatment. Students will learn to describe and recognise the cell and tissue changes and the main predisposing factors in common modern diseases, including infectious disease, endocrine disease, gastrointestinal disease and reproductive disease as well as forensic pathology. They will learn contemporary concepts in modern pharmacology, including basic pharmacokinetic concepts and drug-drug interactions, personalised medicine and modern drug development. They will learn how drug actions can be exploited in the treatment of common diseases. They will develop an understanding of the unique pathological and pharmacological factors impacting on different population groups and disease outcomes and how this can be exploited in personalised medicine. They will develop an understanding environmental issues in modern diseases. They will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of modern forensic pathology and toxicology, including an understanding of how drugs can have adverse effects and the forensic implications of toxicology.
Course Coordinator: Dr Ian MusgraveCourse Coordinator: Dr Ian Musgrave
Phone: +61 8 8313 3905
Location: Room S515, Medical School South
Course Coordinator: David Haynes
Phone: +61 8 8313 3180
Location: Room N315, Medical School North
Additional Academic Staff
Dr Scott Smid
Phone: +61 8 8313 5287
Location: Room N531, Medical School North
Dr Abdallah Salem
Phone: +61 8 8313 4327
Location: Room N506, Medical School North
Dr Janet Coller
Phone: +61 8 8313 3906
Location: Room N515, Medical School North
Associate Professor Corinna Van Den Heuvel
Phone: +61 8 8313 1456
Location: Room N305a, Medical School North
Dr Frances Corrigan
Location: School of Medical Sciences Office, Level 4, Medical School North
Dr Tania Crotti
Phone: +61 8 8313 5986
Location: Room N305a, Medical School North
Dr Mark Gibson
Phone: +61 8 8313 5337
Location: Room N305a, Medical School North
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Provide an overview of contemporary issues in pathology and drug use and expand on concepts developed in Disease and its Treatment
2. Describe and recognise the cell and tissue changes and the main predisposing factors in common diseases, including infectious disease, endocrine disease, gastrointestinal disease and reproductive disease.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary concepts in modern pharmacology, including basic pharmacokinetic concepts and drug-drug interactions, personalised medicine and modern drug development.
4. Explain how drug actions can be exploited in the treatment of common diseases from learning outcome 2
5. Demonstrate an understanding of unique pathology and pharmacology factors impacting on different population groups and disease outcomes and how this can be exploited in personalised medicine.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic environmental issues in modern diseases.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts of modern toxicology, including how drugs can have adverse effects and forensic implications of toxicology
8. Acquire, read, interpret and synthesise information from a variety of sources in a planned and timely manner
9. Develop a critical and enquiring approach to the study of pathology and pharmacology/toxicology.
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)
1-9 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
1-9 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
1-9 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-9 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
Required ResourcesLecture handouts and recordings will be available through Canvas (echo360).
Online LearningCanvas (Announcements, group emails, delivery of lecture materials and lecture recordings, echo360, some external weblink material). Articulate Storyline. Online Quizzes, Wiki page development. Material released over semester.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will be supported by tutorials and workshops to reinforce and further expand or develop material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
You should spend at minimum 12 hours a week on study activities for this course.
This will include an average of 4 hours contact time (lecture/workshop/tutorial) and 8 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Lecture 1 lecture 2
Tutorial and Workshops
Diagnosis of Diseases: A systems approach
Diagnosis of Diseases: A medicinal chemistry approach
Intro to Mechanisms and Treatment of Disease II
Drug absorption, distribution and elimination – why it matters
Drug – Drug interactions
Basics of Toxicity
Basics of Toxicity
(Drug induced Pathology)
Contemporary approaches to treatment of Infectious Diseases
Contemporary issues in treatment of Infectious Diseases (the rise of resistance and the fall of antibiotics)
Basics of Toxicity
Mechanisms of Endocrine Diseases
Treatment of Endocrine Diseases
Mechanisms Gastrointestinal Diseases
Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases
Mechanisms of Bone and Joint Diseases
Treatment of Bone and Joint Diseases
Mechanisms of Reproductive System Diseases
Treatment of Reproductive System Diseases
Forensic pathology – beyond CSI
Contemporary issues in Forensic Toxicology
Natural products/food additives in modern health and disease
Contemporary issues in Environmental Toxins:
Bone and Joint Diseases
Making Better Drugs; contemporary approaches
Making Better Drugs; Natural Vs Synthetic Drugs
Reproductive System Diseases
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGDE will be via workshops. Students will attend one SGDE workshop before they submit their individual assignment. Before attending the session. they will be expected to have read widely on the topic and be prepared to discuss the topic in the tutorial. They will have 3 weeks after the workshop to prepare their concise assignment report. Topics will be selected by the workshop leader (experienced member of the academic staff) and be related to the academic mentors research interests.
The assignment will be
• On the topic of a common disease or aspect of a common disease related to the academic mentors area of research (eg. arthritis, bowel cancer, dementia, etc.). Students will research the topic and discover in depth about the pathology and pharmacology as well as our current research in the field.
• Maximum 1000 words
o Significance and epidemiology
o Pathogenesis (cell and tissue level)
o Outcomes and other tissue effects if untreated
o Treatments (include a treatment introduced in the last decade) and pharmacological basis
o Current prognosis with therapy
• Reports can contain 1 figure but it must be original. This can be hand drawn but must be neat. It can be based on a published work but this must be acknowledged and referenced. It should be attached to the assignment on a separate page to the report
• There should be at least 3 references in the reference list. These must be published peer reviewed articles listed on Medline. No web sites or text books.
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TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S) Online quizzes Formative 1-9 Workshops Summative 30% 1-9 Mid semester Test Summative 25% 1-9 Exam Summative 45% 1-9
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailOnline tutorials, Students will complete online quizzes at weeks 4, 8 and 11. These will be 25, mainly, multiple choice questions and provide formative feedback to students on how they are progressing.
Mid Semester test, MCQ and short answer questions (weeks 1-6): 25%
Workshops weeks 3, 6: 30%
Examination: A 3 hour exam to be held at the end of semester consisting half multiple choice questions and half short answer. 45% weighting.
SubmissionAll submission are electronic via MyUni.
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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
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