The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

HLSC1000

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course is designed especially for health science students, and focuses on three main themes:

Academic preparation topics; where students will examine a range of issues related to their transition to university learning and engagement, academic skills required for scientific reading and writing, and the associated policies and procedures in relation to academic responsibility and conduct.

Fitness to practice topics; where students will look at the national framework for the recognition and maintenance of qualifications and registration, as well as a range of issues related to safe, effective and ethical professional practice.

Core health science topics; where students will examine a range of foundation health and cultural issues that impact on all health professional education.

This course is now delivered in blended format (both face-to-face and online delivery of learning).


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply academic integrity requirements to a range of learning and assessment contexts.

2. Demonstrate key components of introductory academic writing including library search skills, basic evaluative thinking, paraphrasing, coherent paragraph writing, and referencing.

3. Define Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and recognise the importance of critical appraisal skills in applying the EBP approach to health care.

4. Describe the extent of workplace hazards and their associated risks, and demonstrate safe manual handling and effective hand hygiene practices relevant to the clinical setting.

5. Describe the professional responsibilities of health practitioners including national accreditation standards, legal and ethical issues, effective communication practices and inter-professional health care.

6. Describe core health science concepts relating to resilience in clinical practice, and the national health priorities of Australia.

7. Identify the factors that differentiate health outcomes and the provision of health services to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and other cross-cultural populations.


Content

ACADEMIC PREPARATION

  1. The policies and procedures in relation to student learning, engagement, and conduct
  2. Academic Integrity in learning and assessment, and use of Turnitin program
  3. Research and Library skills, Scientific Reading and Writing, and Referencing skills
  4. Evidence based practice and introduction to health research

FITNESS TO PRACTICE

  1. National accreditation standards for safe and professional practice
  2. Occupational Health and Safety
  3. Legal and ethical issues in health
  4. Communication skills and inter-professional health care

CORE HEALTH SCIENCE TOPICS

  1. Cross-cultural health with an emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
  2. Resiliance in clinical practice
  3. National health priorities of Australia

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the B MRS (all programs), B Podiatry, B Physiotherapy(Hons), B Occ Th (Hons), B Nutrition & Dietetics(Hons), B Oral Health Therapy and B MRS (Honours) (all programs).

Enrolment at Callaghan is restricted to students enrolled in Callaghan based School of Health Sciences programs (Physiotherapy (Honours), MRS (Honours), MRS, OT (Honours), N and D (Honours) due to limitations on timetable, lab equipment, space and teaching staff.

Enrolment at Ourimbah is restricted to students enrolled in Ourimbah based School of Health Science programs (Oral Health, Oral Health Therapy, Podiatry) due to limitations on timetable, lab equipment, space and teaching staff.


Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz Assessments *

Essay: Essay/written report *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Clinical Skills Lab *

Participation: Participation

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend this lab and pass the lab requirements in order to pass this course.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - This includes completion of an up to date Hand Hygeine Australia certificate, as well as induction which will be covered as part of the laboratory.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Student must attend and pass this assessment item to pass this course.
  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must attempt this assessment item in order to pass this course

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Single (only) 3 hour Lab delivered. All other learning material is delivered online: Callaghan students - Lab is in Week 6, 7, 8 or 9. Ourimbah students - Lab is in Week 10.

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Week 1 and Week 11 only. All other lectures are delivered online.