HLTH SC 1006 - Clinical Skills and Simulation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

Using the state of the art facilities of the Adelaide Health Simulation Centre, the course sill introduce students to healthcare delivery in Australia. They will develop clinical skills used by health professionals through simulation, a best practice approach to health care related learning and other modes of teaching. Students will develop a foster knowledge and skills in basic life support, measurement of vital signs and communicating with patients whilst gaining an understanding of how the health care system in Australia works, appreciating the roles of different members of healthcare teams and exploring challenges facing the Australian health care system.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HLTH SC 1006
    Course Clinical Skills and Simulation
    Coordinating Unit Health Sciences Faculty Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Only available to students enrolled in BHlthMedSc (Advanced)
    Course Description Using the state of the art facilities of the Adelaide Health Simulation Centre, the course sill introduce students to healthcare delivery in Australia. They will develop clinical skills used by health professionals through simulation, a best practice approach to health care related learning and other modes of teaching. Students will develop a foster knowledge and skills in basic life support, measurement of vital signs and communicating with patients whilst gaining an understanding of how the health care system in Australia works, appreciating the roles of different members of healthcare teams and exploring challenges facing the Australian health care system.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Adam Montagu

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Display knowledge of Healthcare systems
    2. Describe three current healthcare challenges facing society
    3. Take a patient clinical history
    4. Perform a basic clinical exam in a simulated environment
    5. Describe physical and mental challenges associated with chronic diseases
    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)
    1,2,5
    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
    2,5
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4,5
    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
    2,5
    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
    3,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No required resources.
    Recommended Resources
    You are not required to purchase any resources for this course.
    Required and recommended resources will be made available electronically.
    Online Learning
    This course will use Canvas and specialist Bline online simulation software as a major component. All lecture notes, tutorial activities and lecture recordings will be posted on Canvas. Announcements and weekly student update emails will be sent via the site. The wikis at the end of each module will be administered online via wikispaces. Finally, a canvas discussion board to encourage communication with both instructors and other students will be established. Bline software will be used to make student's simulation and skills videos available via an individual eportfolio. This will allow students the opportunity to review and reflect on their skills training.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is divided into four, 3 week modules:
    1. Introduction to health care
    2. Aboriginal Health 
    3. Aged Care and it’s challenges
    4. Consolidation and revision

    The cohort is divided into three streams:
    A. Clinical Skills and Simulation (CLN)
    B. Small Group Work and Presentation (SGD)
    C. Lecture and Laboratory Work (LAB)

    One week of each module will be spent in each stream. A detailed presenation of the learning modes will be provided by the course coordinator in the first lecture.
    Workload

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

    This is a 3-unit course, with an expected workload of ~12 h/week. This includes 68 h of face-to-face teaching contact across the semester (lectures, simulation-based tutorials, patient contact tutorials, and clinical tutorials) and 8 hours on-line learning exercises, preparation for assessment tasks, preparation for tutorials and weekly reading.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A detailed timetable, including module structure and content, will be provided on MyUni.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Some simulation and patient contact hours may require out of hours time.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course revolves around the use of SGDE. All students will attend lectures providing a scientific basis for the course. The students will then be split into groups 8-10, who will work in groups to develop their clinical skills and approach to patients. There will be 5 clinicians supervising the activities. The activities will be further supported by the use of standardised patients.

    The next stages of SGDE will involve the students exploring the health effects with real patients within each module. The students will discuss and analyse the health problems and how they affect the day to day living of the patients. Continuing the format of the SGDE, advanced simulation techniques will be used to allow students to experience the health problems personally and gain understanding from a personal point on how health burdens relevant to each module affect daily living. The students will then have the opportunity to practice their clinical skills in scenarios and debrief their actions in small groups of 10 or less. The students will explore solutions to the health challenges in these small groups and formulate ideas for a future approach to benefit these patient groups.
  • 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)
    Reflective Journal Summative 30% 1,2,3,5
    Small group discovery presentation Summative 30% 1,2,3,5
    End of Semester Observed Structured Clinical Examination Summative 30% 3, 4
    Participation and Contribution Summative 10% 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    N/A
    Assessment Detail
    Reflective Journal: Throughout the course students will be require to submit a reflective journal on learning activities relating to LAB (Lectures and Tutorials). These will be submitted electronically in Canvas.

    Small Group Presentation: during weeks 10-12 each small group will deliver their 30-minute presentation. The group will provide self assessment and confidential feedback on one another’s contributions to this assessment task.

    Observed Structured Clinical Examination: this will take the form of a 6 station clinical exam.

    Participation and contribution: attendance and participation at CLN and LAB lectures and tutorials.
    Submission
    Submission details will be provided on MyUni.
    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

    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 (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.

    This was a new course in 2017. We hope that modifications made as a result of student feedback have enhanced the course for 2018 and look forward to receiving further feedback which will help us to continue to build a course which meets the needs of those aspiring to be Australia's future health professionals.
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