UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Advanced Diploma in Medical and Aboriginal Health Sciences

This course provides a dedicated pathway for mature-aged Indigenous students that prepares them for entry to the postgraduate professional health sciences offered at UWA.

Students engage with fundamental principals drawn from the following basic sciences: human biology, physiology, chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, an introduction to the social determinants of Indigenous health provides the contextual understanding for the successful application of contemporary health strategies.

Course overview

Course overview

Course codeDA001
Intake periodsbeginning of year and mid-year
Statusnot available in 2017
Credit points required72 (of which 24 points is advanced standing)
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Crawley)
Available to international
students
No
Course adviceAssociate Professor Jasmine Lamb

Course structure

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (48 points):

S1AHEA1101Aboriginal Health
S1AHEA1102Communication and Research Methods
S1AHEA1103Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I
S1AHEA1104Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II
S2AHEA2202Aboriginal Health Context and Application
S2AHEA2203Advanced Human Biological Sciences I
S2AHEA2204Advanced Human Biological Sciences II
S2AHEA2205Human Sciences Research Project

24 points of prior learning as recognised by the Faculty on the recommendation of the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health

Pathways

Pathways

Students graduating from this course are able to research and communicate effectively at a graduate level and are prepared for entry into postgraduate professional science studies.

It is expected that students completing this course would be suitably qualified to work in health policy work, community-based advocacy, research assistance, teaching assistance/instruction, or community health.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

Admission

3. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must—

(a) be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent and aged 20 years or older on 1 March in the year of entry to the course;

and

(b) have—

(i) formal prior educational achievement in primary health care at Australian Qualifications Framework Level 4 or above, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and

(ii) at least two years' work experience in a health field, or equivalent, at a level approved by the Faculty on the recommendation of the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health; and

(iii) successfully completed a written assessment and interview conducted by the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health.

Course structure

4.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 72 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

5.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

Progress status

6.(1) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who fails to make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 5.(1) is assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty;

(b) a student who fails to make satisfactory progress for a second time under Rule 5.(1) is assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty;

(c) a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 5.(2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty unless they have been assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 5.(1).