The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

HUBS1420

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course introduces the student to the preclinical and clinical nomenclature used to efficiently communicate in health professions and science. It will also introduce the student to strategies for reporting observations and findings accurately and concisely, both in a clinical and a scientific context.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the importance of accurate communication.

2. Understand the derivation of medical and scientific nomenclature.

3. Recognise the common nomenclature used in Medicine and the major allied healthcare professions.

4. Recognise the meaning of common clinical and preclinical abbreviations and signage.

5. Take accurate and efficient preclinical and clinical notes.

6. Prepare a report about a preclinical or clinical scenario suitable for a multidiscipline healthcare readership and for a lay readership.

7. Recognise the content and components of a medicolegal report and other such privileged reports.

8. Recognise levels of evidence supporting a report and when and how to cite such evidence.

9. Recognise the ethical and legal boundaries and the appropriateness of communicating science and medical information in different forums.

10. Identify the opportunities and challenges in medical and science communication in the media.


Content

1. The components of effective communication in a health professional setting.

2. The derivation of medical and scientific nomenclature.

3. Terms and abbreviations in common use in the health professions.

4. Communicating effectively with health professionals and lay people.

5. Discriminating levels of evidence.

6. Ethics and law of communications in the health professions.


Assumed knowledge

HSC English


Assessment items

Quiz: Online Tests

In Term Test: In Term Test *

Formal Examination: Formal Written Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must achieve a combined passing grade in the mid-semester and formal written examination and an overall passing grade for the course.
  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must achieve a combined passing grade in the mid-semester and formal written examination and an overall passing grade for the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks