PATHOL 2400 - Pathophysiology for Allied Health

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course provides students with the fundamental principles and mechanisms of common and important health conditions relevant to Allied Health practitioners and how these impact on client outcomes and wider society. Students will begin with an overview of the mechanisms of how changes in physiological processes can affect health. Specific conditions of the immune, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, renal and nervous systems will be studied.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PATHOL 2400
    Course Pathophysiology for Allied Health
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    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 N
    Prerequisites HLTH SC 1403
    Restrictions Restricted to B. Occupational Therapy (Hons) and B. Physiotherapy (Hons) students only
    Course Description This course provides students with the fundamental principles and mechanisms of common and important health conditions relevant to Allied Health practitioners and how these impact on client outcomes and wider society. Students will begin with an overview of the mechanisms of how changes in physiological processes can affect health. Specific conditions of the immune, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, renal and nervous systems will be studied.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Nicola Eastaff-Leung

    Co-Course Coordinator: Dr Nicola Eastaff-Leung
    Phone: +61 8 8313 9920
    Email: nicola.eastaff-leung@adelaide.edu.au 
    Location: Room N2 07.23 Helen Mayo North

    Co-Course Coordinator: Dr Rachael Farrington
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3356
    Email: rachael.farrington@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room N233 Helen Mayo North


    Course Timetable

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

    Timetable information can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Apply the principles of anatomy and physiology of the human body to the pathophysiological processes of common health problems relevant to Allied Health Practitioners.
    2 Summarise the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, natural history and diagnoses related to common health conditions relevant to Allied Health practitioners.
    3 Analyse how common health conditions impact individuals and wider society using case studies.
    4 Reflect on interprofessional approaches to improve health outcomes for people with common health conditions relevant to Allied Health practitioners.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    2, 3

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2, 3, 4

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    -

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    -

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All students should factor in the cost of their own electronic device. Required learning resources and readings will be provided on-line via MyUni. Students may need to access other online resources via the University library.
    Recommended Resources
    There will be recommended reading suggestions from a range of textbooks and peer-reviewed articles but there will not be a single prescribed-textbook.

    Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, Kumar, Abbas and Aster (eds), Elsevier Saunders

    Rubin's Pathology, Clinicopathologic Foundations of Medicine, edited by Rubin, Strayer, and Rubin Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

    Wheater's Basic Pathology: 5th edition by Young, O’Dowd and Stewart (Elsevier)

    Other generic materials such as poster-developing information, scientific-writing guides, study-tips, referencing-guides etc will be recommended as needed.
    Online Learning
    All notes, resource manuals and papers for lectures, practicals, tutorial sessions and assessment tasks are available on MyUni as well as lists of suitable readings, online quizzes and links to external websites.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will use authentic scenarios to provide context for student learning. Scenarios will be structured around major body systems and common and important medical conditions, population and community health issues relevant to Allied Health professions. Students will undertake these workshops in small groups. Student learning will be scaffolded and supported by a series of activities including lectures (both face-to-face and on-line) and other on-line interactives to explore the key issues and concepts. These learning activities will provide an opportunity for students to develop and apply anatomical, pathological, physiological, and public health knowledge.

    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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 Hurdle Requirement
    (Yes or No)
    Learning Outcome
    Examination 1 Summative 20% No 1, 2, 3
    Examination 2 Summative 20% No 1, 2, 3
    Quiz 1 Summative 10% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Quiz 2 Summative 10% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Infographic submission Summative 15% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Poster Assignment Summative 25% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Detail

    Examination 1 (20%):Examination 1 will assess course content from Weeks 1-6 (i.e. General Pathology). This will include MCQs & SAQs.

    Examination 2 (20%): Examination 2 will assess course content from Weeks 7 – 12 (i.e. systems-based pathology). This will include MCQs & SAQs.

    Quiz 1 (10%): MCQs and other short-answer questions due at the end of week 3.

    Quiz 2 (10%):MCQs and other short-answer questions due at the end of week 9.

    Infographic (15%): Students will individually complete an infographic covering a specific topic from systems-based pathology in weeks 7-12.

    Poster Assignment (25%):Students will individually complete a poster assignment on a specific topic (more details to follow on MyUni). Individual feedback will be provided to each student via MyUni.

    Submission
    Detailed information on assessment task submission can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
    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.

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