PAEDIAT 3000 - Biology of Childhood Growth, Development & Health

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

In this course, students will investigate the biological processes underlying infant, child and adolescent growth, development and health. This will include discussion of normal and perturbed neonatal, infant, child and adolescent growth and development, specific exploration of neurodevelopment and its assessment and the processes of learning. We will investigate the biology, prevention and management of common childhood diseases, and conclude with discussions of the adolescent, including sex hormones and gender. Social and ethical implications of current practice, interventions and research will be discussed within appropriate topics. Students will have opportunities to hear from scientists and practitioners with relevant expertise. Active learning will be encouraged, for example, through guided reading and group exercises. Students will enhance skills in analysis of literature and in creating a coherent written account of a body of work.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PAEDIAT 3000
    Course Biology of Childhood Growth, Development & Health
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ANAT SC 2109
    Course Description In this course, students will investigate the biological processes underlying infant, child and adolescent growth, development and health. This will include discussion of normal and perturbed neonatal, infant, child and adolescent growth and development, specific exploration of neurodevelopment and its assessment and the processes of learning. We will investigate the biology, prevention and management of common childhood diseases, and conclude with discussions of the adolescent, including sex hormones and gender. Social and ethical implications of current practice, interventions and research will be discussed within appropriate topics. Students will have opportunities to hear from scientists and practitioners with relevant expertise. Active learning will be encouraged, for example, through guided reading and group exercises. Students will enhance skills in analysis of literature and in creating a coherent written account of a body of work.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Gatford

    Course Timetable

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

    A detailed timetable of topics and presenters will be provided through MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of major aspects of infant, child and adolescent growth and development

    2. Explain current practice and developments related to common childhood diseases, including the underlying biology
     
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of normal brain development and mental health disorders
     
    4. Discuss social and ethical aspects of infant, child and adolescent health including current practice, interventions and research
     
    5. Locate, evaluate and synthesise evidence related to child growth, development and health
     
    6. Communicate scientific information clearly and concisely in spoken and written English
     
    7. Work effectively as an individual and in groups in the pursuit of scientific knowledge
     




     

    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, 3, 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
    4, 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
    6, 7
    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 - 7
    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
    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
    4, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no set textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via MyUni.



    Recommended Resources
    N/A
    Online Learning
    The primary means of communication outside of formal contact hours will be via MyUni. Announcements and discussion boards will be the main method of communicating with the student cohort. Course material will be supported by online resources via MyUni.  Material will be sequentially released in line with the teaching and learning activities in each week.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will be used to introduce topics and theoretical considerations and will also provide opportunities to hear from scientists and medical practitioners with relevant expertise.

    Workshop time will be used in a range of ways to develop the theoretical and practical concepts raised in lectures: for example, to share and provide feedback on independent learning tasks, journal club activities to develop, practice and demonstrate skills in evaluating literature, discussions of controversies and uncertainties, and to undertake group exercises.
    Workload

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

    The expected workload for this 3 unit course is 12 hours per week through semester, including 3 hours face-to-face contact time, weekly preparation for workshops, assessment tasks and revision.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course will be organsied in weekly modules with a lecture and workshop related to a particular topic. Indicative topics include:

    * Neonatal and infant growth and development, including impact of preterm delivery
    * Childhood growth and development
    * Neurodevelopment and learning
    * Puberty
    * Biology, prevention and management of common childhood diseases and determinants of childhood health including:
          - metabolic diseases (role of obesity)
          - infectious diseases (immune development and vaccinology)
          - sleep
          - genetic disorders
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    N/A
  • 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 outcomes   
    Participation

    Summative 10% 6, 7
    Plan for first essay  
     
    Formative and summative    10% 1, 2, 6
    First written essay

    Formative and summative 20% 1 - 7
    Second written essay 
     
    Summative 20% 1 - 7
    Quizzes

    Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Exam

    Summative 30% 1 - 4, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    N/A
    Assessment Detail

    Participation:  students will be required to prepare in advance for selected activities in workshops, such as a journal club and contributions based on prepared material will be assessed as well as overall engagement; half of this mark will be a peer assessment – 10% weighting

    Essay plan:  students will be required to submit a plan for their first essay – 10% weighting

    Essays: students will be required to write two 2000 word essays, with a choice of topics and designed to allow focus and research in an area of particular interest – weighting of 20% each

    Quizzes:  on-line quizzes during the semester will cover the breadth of course content - 10% weighting

    Exam:  a 2-hour exam will be held at the end of semester – 30% weighting

    Assessment due dates will be provided through MyUni at the start of semester.

    Submission
    Assessments will be submitted online via MyUni and feedback will be provided electronically. STudents will have the opportunity to self-check work for plagiarism before final submission through a draft submission link.
    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 is a new course in 2018, so previous SELT data is not available. We strongly encourage and value your feedback this year to improve the course for 2019.
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