HLTH SC 2104 - Essential Understanding of Disease and Treatment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code HLTH SC 2104 Course Essential Understanding of Disease and Treatment Coordinating Unit Medicine Term Semester 1 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 2100 , PATHOL 2200 Assumed Knowledge ANAT SC 1103 or BIOLOGY 1201 Course Description The course provides a general introduction to pathology and basic pharmacological concepts and principles needed to understand mechanisms of disease and treatment. Topics covered include the classification, causes and mechanisms of basic tissue processes which underlie disease and how drugs interact with cellular target molecules, as well as for the cellular and physiological responses resulting from such interactions. These concepts will be illustrated by examining major drug classes and their use in the treatment of major human diseases.
Course Coordinator: Dr Janet CollerCourse coordinators: Dr Janet Coller and Dr Abdallah Salem
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.A full course timetable can be accessed on MyUni
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate basic understanding of, and be able to use in context, the terminology used in pathology and pharmacology.
2. Describe and recognise, at a rudimentary level, the cell and tissue changes and the main predisposing factors in common diseases.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts in modern pharmacology, including familiarity with drug and receptor interactions, basic pharmacokinetic concepts.
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.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of advances in pharmacological treatment of common diseases.
7. Acquire, read, interpret and synthesise information from a variety of sources in a planned and timely manner.
8. Develop a critical and enquiring approach to the study of pathology and pharmacology.
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)
1-8 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
3-8 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
4-8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Required ResourcesLecture handouts and recordings will be available through Canvas.
Recommended Resources“Rang and Dale's pharmacology” by Rang, Dale, Ritter, Flower and Henderson (Elsevier, 2015, 8th Edition). This book is an excellent introduction to all aspects of pharmacology and lecturers will assign relevant chapters for each lecture.
"Robbins Basic Pathology" by Kumar et al (WB Saunders, 7th or 8th Edition). If you think you may wish to later study General Pathology IIIHS, you may wish to consider Rubin's Pathology, Clinicopathologic Foundations of Medicine, 5th Edition, 2008 edited by Rubin, Strayer, and Rubin (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins) as an alternative.
Australian Medicines Handbook (online via Barr Smith Library).
Online LearningCanvas released over the semester.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will be supported by problem case based learning workshops and tutorials 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.Structured Learning:
24 Lectures 1 hr duration
7 Tutorials 1 hr duration
4 CBLs 1 hr duration
Learning Activities Summary
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Specific Course RequirementsN/A
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome(s) Online Quizzes Formative 0% 1 - 8 CBL tutorial assignments Summative 45% 1 - 8 Mid-Semester test Summative 15% 1 - 8 Assignment Summative 15% 1-8 Examination Summative 25% 1 - 8
Assessment Related RequirementsNot applicable
Assessment DetailOnline quizzes: Students will complete three online quizzes over the course duration. These will be multiple choice, true /false, matching questions and provide feedback to students on how they are progressing.
Mid-Semester test: This will be a 60 min online test consisting of multiple choice questions.
Large group tutorials case based (CBL) assignments: 4 assignments based on sessions of CBL. Students will complete a worksheet for assessment based on CBL content.
Assignment: This online exercise requires you to conduct library-based research examining major drug classes including their use in the treatment of major human diseases and complete an online assignment.
Exam: Online exam timed assessment (time allowed 120 minutes).
SubmissionOnline assignments will be delivered via MyUni.
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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