Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice

Course code HLSC1000Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course is designed especially for health science students, and focusses on three main themes:
i/ academic preparation topics; where students will examine a range of issues related to their transition to university learning and engagement and those academic skills associated with academic success, and the associated policies and procedures in relation to academic responsibility and conduct
ii/ fitness to practice topics, where students will look at the national framework for the recognition and maintainence of qualifications and registration, as well as a range of issues related to safe, effective and ethical professional practice, and
iii/ core health science topics, where students will examine a range of foundation health and cultural issues that impact on all health professional education

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course should be able to:

1. Appreciate the teaching, learning and assessment environment that they will engage in at university, and recognise the services that are available to support their transition to university and their academic and personal development and support
2. Recognise how to ensure the academic integrity of their actions in learning and work submitted for assessment
3. Describe the library resources that are available to manage and compile scholarly resources including reference lists and bibliographies, and demonstrate the use of the Endnote program
4. Identify key components of academic writing, and appreciate the significance of evaluative/critical thinking when undertaking an assessment task,and demonstrate use of the Turnitin program

5. Describe the national regulation of the health professions, the requirements that students and practitioners must meet to maintain their registration, and the concept of continual professional development leading to ongoing registration
6. Describe health law and ethics and it relates to practitioner/patient/client/consumer rights, and the implementation of safe ethical and legal practice
7. Describe the extent of workplace hazards and their associated risks, and demonstrate a range of safe manual handling procedures and the correct techniques of hand washing, that will protect both patients and students in the workplace
8. Describe the principles underlying effective communications skills in health care settings

9. Describe the basic health concepts of aetiology and epidemiology, variation in the provision of health services between metroplitan and regional/rural areas, and the national priorities for the provision of health services
10. Describe the concepts of life and death, health and illness, quality of life, function and dysfunction, and the major health challenges facing Asutralia
11. Recognise the role of evidence based practice in health care and academic decision making, describe how research can inform practice and the collection of accurate evidence, and the avenues for graduate and postgraduate research high degree research training
12. Recognise the differences in health outcomes and the provision of health services to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and immigrant populations
ContentAcademic Preparation
1. The policies and procedures in relation to student learning, engagement, and conduct
2. Processes to ensure Academic Integrity in learning and assessment
3. Library skills, Infoskills, Referencing skills, Endnote program
4. Academic Writing, Turnitin program

5. National standards for safe and accredited practice
6. Occupational Health and Safety
7. Health Law and Ethics
8. Communication skills

Core Health Science topics
9. Concepts and terms associated with health practice and research, quality and quantity of life
10. Evidence based health practice and introduction to research
11. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, cross cultural health
Replacing Course(s)HLSC1000 Introduction to Health Sciences.
TransitionStudent who previoulsy failed HLSC1000 Introduction to Health Science will enrol in HLSC1000 Transition to Health Science Education and Practice
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsA short assignment, with an Endnote reference list and submitted to Turnitin. The assignment is designed to identify those in need of writing support.
Infection Control and Safe Patient Moving (Manual Handling) - 3 hours laboratory. The laboratory exercises are a compulsory course component and must be passed to pass the course. The Laboratory Exercises are completed and assessed prior to professional placements so students are assessed as having the required skills to practice safely, effectively and ethically on placement.
Online Learning ActivitiesThis assessment requires students to complete a number of online learning activities that have been developed to support your learning and understanding of health sciences education and practice.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentRestrict enrollment at Callaghan to students enrolled in Callaghan based School of Health Sciences programs (Physiotherapy (Honours), MRS, OT (Honours), N&D (Honours) due to limitations on timetable, lab equipment, space and teaching staff.
Restrict enrollment at Ourimbah to students enrolled in Ourimbah based School of Health Science programs (Oral Health, Podiatry) due to limitations on timetable, lab equipment, space and teaching staff.
Compulsory Course ComponentAttendance, participation and completion of the infection control labs, and manual handling labs
Compulsory Course ComponentCompletion of the Academic Integrity Module.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HLSC1000