The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018
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 and those academic skills associated with academic success, 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.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Engage with the teaching, learning and assessment environment, and recognise the services that are available to support their transition to university.

2. Recognise how to ensure the academic integrity of their actions in learning and work submitted for assessment

3. Engage with the library resources that are available to manage and compile scholarly resources including reference lists and bibliographies.

4. Identify key components of academic writing, and recognise 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, and the requirements that students and practitioners must meet to maintain their registration.

6. Describe health law and ethics as 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 communication skills in health care settings

9. Describe the basic health concepts of aetiology and epidemiology, variation in the provision of health services between metropolitan 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 Australia

11. Recognise the role of evidence based practice in health care and academic decision making and describe how research can inform practice and the collection of accurate evidence

12. Recognise the differences in health outcomes and the provision of health services to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and diverse populations

13. Recognise the role of interprofessional healthcare and describe the benefits of, and barriers to implementing.

14. Describe resilience in clinical practice and the importance to both the client and therapist.


Content

ACADEMIC 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

FITNESS TO PRACTICE

  1. National standards for safe and accredited practice
  2. Occupational Health and Safety
  3. Health Law and Ethics
  4. Communication skills

CORE HEALTH SCIENCE TOPICS

  1. Concepts and terms associated with health practice and research, quality and quantity of life
  2. Evidence based health practice and introduction to research
  3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, cross cultural health

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: Quiz 1 *

Online Learning Activity: Academic Integrity On-line Module *

Essay: Essay/written report *

Online Learning Activity: Handwashing Certificate *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercise *

Quiz: Quiz 2 *

Quiz: Quiz 3 *

* 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: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend 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. Students must wear correct footwear (enclosed, leather shoes), and complete the online Handwashing certificate before attending this lab.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Quiz: 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.
  • 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.
  • Online Learning Activity: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must complete and submit this certificate prior to laboratory exercise.
  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Online Learning Activity: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must complete and gain 100% (multiple attempts allowed) of the UON AIM to pass the course, prior to submission of Written Report.
  • 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 starting in week 5

Single 3 hour Lab delivered: Callaghan students - Lab is in Week 5 Central Coast students - Lab is in Week 8

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Mixture of Face to Face and Online delivery.