Bachelor of Medicine - JMP Course/Unit Outlines Policy

Document Number000876
Date Approved3 December 2008
Date Last Amended21 August 2009
           

1.      Application of Policy

1.1.     This policy applies to all MEDI Course/Units offered by the Schools of Medicine and Public Health (University of Newcastle (UoN)) and  Rural Medicine (University of New England (UNE)) in the delivery of the Bachelor of Medicine – Joint Medical Program (BMed – JMP).

1.2.     Assessment Rules for elective (non-MEDI) Course/Units undertaken by BMed – JMP students will be in accordance with the following policies:

at UoN:

  1. Appeal Against a Final Result – Procedure 000261
  2. Remarks and Moderations – Procedure 000769
  3. Essential Criteria in Course Assessment - Policy 000648
  4. Rules Governing the Administration of Assessment Items – Rule 000113
  5. Group, Self, and Peer Assessment - Policy 000650

at UNE

  1. General Rules
  2. Assessment Policy
  3. Special Assessment Policy
  4. Student Appeal Policy

2.      Interpretation

2.1.     In this document, unless the context or subject matter otherwise indicates or requires:

BMed means the Bachelor of Medicine program which is delivered as a Joint Medical Program (JMP) by the Universities of Newcastle and New England.  Management of the program is vested in the JMP Governance Committee as approved by each University.

course at UoN means any part of a program  for which a result may be recorded;

Dean means the Dean of Medicine – Joint Medical Program who is Chair of the JMP Committee.  The Chair of the JMP Committee is responsible to the JMP Governance Committee and the universities, for academic management of the program.  In the first instance, for a period of five years (2008-2012), this will be the Dean of Medicine at Newcastle.

Head of the School means the Head of the School of Medicine and Public Health at UoN and/or the Head of the School of Rural Medicine at UNE who is/are responsible for delivery of JMP Committee-approved MEDI Course/Units;

Joint Medical Program (JMP) means the delivery of the Bachelor of Medicine by UoN and UNE in partnership;

JMP Committee means the joint UoN / UNE committee responsible for the planning, implementation and management of the JMP including curriculum, assessment and standards.  The Committee is chaired by the Dean of Medicine – JMP;

UoN means the University of Newcastle;

Unit at UNE means any part of a Course for which a result may be recorded;

UNE means the University of New England.

3.      Course Outlines

Course/Unit Co-ordinators are required to provide the students in each Course/Unit undertaken in the BMed – JMP with a Course/Unit Outline. Course/Unit Outlines are to be provided free of charge to the students.

4.      Approval

4.1.     The Course/Unit Outline must be approved by the JMP Committee in consultation with Heads of the School[1], before being given to BMed – JMP students at the commencement of each semester.  A single BMed – JMP curriculum is delivered across the Universities of New England and Newcastle.  UNE and UoN Course/Unit/Course Coordinators and Heads of School cooperate in relation to the preparation of Course/Unit/Course Outlines which are approved by the JMP Committee.

5.      Delivery of MEDI Course/Unit Outlines

5.1.     The Course/Unit Outline shall be in hard copy and students are required to sign as having received the Outline. Electronic versions may also be made available via Blackboard. The Course/Unit Coordinator must provide for those students with print disabilities who request a Course/Unit Outline in an appropriate format and timeframe.

5.2.     The Course/Unit Outline shall be available and confirmed by the end of the second week of semester. Only in extenuating circumstances can the content of a Course/Unit Outline be changed after the second week of semester and only with Dean of Medicine – JMP[2] and joint Heads of School approval. If any revisions are made, a revised Course/Unit Outline shall be provided to students in the same manner as the original was distributed.

6.      Contents of Course/Unit Outline

The Course/Unit Outline shall contain the following:

  1. University identification
  2. Course/Unit Code
  3. Course/Unit Title
  4. Course/Unit Value
  5. Assumed Knowledge
  6. Course/Unit Requisites
  7. Brief Course/Unit Description
  8. Course/Unit Objectives
  9. Course/Unit Content
  10. Semester of offer
  11. Faculty
  12. School
  13. Location of School Office
  14. Teaching Staff – with the Course/Unit Coordinator clearly identified
  15. Teaching Methods
  16. Mode of Delivery
  17. Contact Hours and Locations
  18. Attendance and/or Other Class Requirements
  19. Teaching Staff availability and Locations – particularly the availability of the Course/Unit Coordinator
  20. Assessment Items 
    This field shall give precise details of:
    1. methods of assessment;
    2. the number of assessment items;
    3. a brief description of each;
    4. the component weighting of each (any proposed change in weightings to assessment items from the previous offer of a Course/Unit must be approved by the Heads of School);
    5. assessment criteria for each;
    6. the time of administering the task or the due dates;
    7. whether a passing grade is required in any item to obtain a passing grade in the Course/Unit;
    8. details of any essential criteria, including a rationale for inclusion, how they can be attained, and cleared if not achieved initially;
    9. the policy regarding late submission of assessable material
    10. details of any “returnable” and “non-returnable”[3] assessment items; and
    11. reference to the BMed - JMP Procedure for Re-marks and moderations.
  21. A notice that no alternation to the Outline will be allowed after the second week of the semester except under extenuating circumstances with Dean of Medicine – JMP and joint Heads of School approval and that students will be notified in advance of the change.
  22. The Course/Unit Outline shall contain a notice that a student may or will be required to provide written assessment items in electronic form as well as hard copy.
  23. A brief warning regarding plagiarism and cheating with web addresses to relevant University Academic Integrity and Student Misconduct Rule.
  24. A notice that students may have their assessment items submitted to a plagiarism detection software package.
  25. Reference to an announcements page (on Blackboard) for news about the Course/Unit or messages relating to the Course/Unit.
  26. Information relating to support available to students with a disability, including contact details for the student support services.
  27. A brief description of provisions relating to extensions, rescheduled examinations and special consideration with web addresses to relevant University policies and application forms.
  28. Information on procedures for changing enrolment (Census dates etc).
  29. Web address for BMed – JMP Schedule/Rules.

 

7.      Additional material

Course/Unit Outlines may also contain teaching material, such as:

  1. study guides;
  2. presentation guides;
  3. bibliographies;
  4. readings;
  5. laboratory exercise sheets etc.

Note: if any of these are to be handed back to the teaching staff, they must be detachable so the student can retain the Course/Unit Outline. If they are attached they must also be provided free of charge.

The following Check List is also available as a word document here:

Word Version of Check List

[1]       A single BMed-JMP curriculum is delivered across the Universities of New England and Newcastle.  UNE and UoN Course/Unit/Course Coordinators and Heads of School cooperate in relation to the preparation of Course/Unit/Course Outlines which are approved by the JMP Committee.

[2]      The Bachelor of Medicine program is delivered as a Joint Medical Program (JMP) by the Universities of Newcastle and New England.  Management of the program is vested in the JMP Governance Committee as approved by each University.

The Chair of the JMP Committee is responsible to the JMP Governance Committee and the Universities, for academic management of the program.  In the first instance, for a period of five years (2008-2012), this will be the Dean of Medicine at Newcastle.

 [3]     "Returnable" assessment items are those that are returned to the student, and "non-returnable" assessment items are those which are not returnable to the student.  There may be reasons, other than the practical impossibility of returning assessment items, for deeming an assessment item "non-returnable".

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CHECK LIST FOR JMP COURSE/UNIT OUTLINES 

For approval of Heads of School:

  1. Rural Medicine, UNE
  2. Medicine and Public Health, UoN

 

COURSE/UNIT CODE:

COURSE/UNIT CO-ORDINATOR:

  • Printed copy of the Course/Unit Outline shall be distributed to students and confirmed by the end of the second week of term.
  • Only in extenuating circumstances can the content of a Course/Unit outline be changed after the second week of term and only with Dean of Medicine – JMP and joint Heads of School approval.
  • If any revisions are made, a revised Course/Unit Outline shall be provided to students in the same manner as the original was distributed.

Please tick or mark not appropriate (N/A)  →

 

Please tick or mark not appropriate (N/A)

 

 

Corporate & Course/Unit identification

 

University

 

Faculty

 

Course/Unit Identification

 

School

 

Course/Unit Code

 

Course/Unit Title

 

Campus

 

Mode of delivery

 

Unit/Credit Point Value

 

Semester of offer

 

 

Staffing / contact / availability

 

Course/Unit Co-ordinator

 

Availability & Location

 

Teaching staff

 

Availability & Location

 

Location of Student HUB, UoN

 

Location of School Office, UoN, UNE

 

                       

Course/Unit

 

Brief Course/Unit Description

 

Assumed Knowledge

 

Course/Unit Objectives

 

Course/Unit Requisites

 

Course/Unit Content

 

Teaching methods

 

Contact Hours / Locations

and/or Timetable

 

Special Attendance and/or Other Class Requirements

 

Blackboard site

 

Information on placements as required by the BMed – JMP Student Placement Policy

 

Blackboard site

 

Information on placements as required by the Placement Policy

 

 

Detailed  Assessment Item Information

 

A precise description of each assessment item including

 

Reference to relevant policy information including the following:

 

  • methods of assessment;

 

  • BMed – JMP Re-marks and Moderations Procedure

 

  • weightings of each assessment item;

 

  • policy regarding late submission of assessable material

 

  • the time of administering the task or the due dates

 

  • Group work / peer assessment / self assessment

 

  • whether a passing grade is required in any item to obtain a passing grade in the Course/Unit;

 

  • Details of return of assessment items after marking, noting ‘returnable’ and ‘non returnable’ items.

 

  • details of any essential criteria; including any rationale for inclusion and how they can be attained

 

  • TURNITIN details on Blackboard

 

Refer Policies for Teaching & Learning:

JMP Course/Unit Outline Policy 000876  http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000876.html

JMP Course/Unit Coordinator Role Guideline 000885  http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000885.html

 

 

Course Co-ordinator, UoN (Signature)     

Unit Co-ordinator, UNE (Signature)

 

Head of School, Medicine and Public Health UoN (Signature)                                        Date:

Head of School, Rural Medicine UNE                                                                           Date:

Additional student information to be attached or provided in  the BMed Survival Guides and other JMP student guides detailing:

Important dates, changing enrolment, written assessment items, academic honesty, plagiarism, adverse circumstances, extension of time for assessment items, rescheduling examinations, Blackboard, Faculty information, students with a disability or chronic illness, alteration to Course/Unit outline and link to BMed – JMP rules and schedule.

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Approval AuthorityAcademic Senate
Date Approved3 December 2008
Date Last Amended21 August 2009
Policy ContactAssistant Academic Registrar, Faculty of Health
Amendment History

Removal of reference to rescinded policy documents Course Outlines Policy 000587, Special Circumstances Affecting Assessment Items Procedure 000641 and repetition of 000113 from clause 1.2. 5 January 2012.

23 August 2011 - Administrative amendments due to implementation of Student Misconduct Rule which replaced Student Discipline Rules effective 25 July 2011.

Included footnotes (1) (2) and (3) 23 March 2010

Amended PAS addition of Check List 21 August 2009

Amendment to Definitions,; Clause 4.1 August 2009