IMED4121 Systems-based Learning 1

24 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
The Medicine and Dentistry course in which this unit is offered is based around six themes of Professional, Leader, Advocate, Clinician, Educator and Scholar. The content for this unit includes detailed anatomical, physiological, pathological and pharmocological knowledge of human skin, the musculoskeletal system, neuroscience, haematology, immunology, cardiovascular system and the respiratory system.

Students also expand their knowledge of applied medical sciences of epidemiological, social, and behavioural sciences including clinical and procedural skills within medical practice. Epidemiology, medical research and evidence-based practice is taught in further detail related to the clinical blocks described above, along with the main issues in social determinants of health, global health, mental health, healthcare systems and health economics. Students have opportunities to further develop their information literacy skills as applied to medicine. Teaching of professional aspects of medical practice include professional behaviours, medical law and ethics, leadership and teamwork, collaborative practice, educational theory and practice, diversity within medicine, and Aboriginal health.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate professional behaviour and discuss self care principles, bioethical and medicolegal issues and responsibilities; (2) integrate understanding of team structures and team leadership, demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in patient focused care, describe the principles of health management, health care reform and clinical audit; (3) describe advocacy skills and health impacts of environmental change, demonstrate a detailed understanding of curent healthcare issues of Aboriginal people, discuss causes of health inequality, discuss principles of health education, promotion, and prevention; (4) demonstrate detailed knowledge of clinically relevant normal and abnormal structure, function, behaviour and development relevant to the skin, musculoskeletal system, neurological system (including psychiatric conditions), haematological, immunological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, perform systematic medical histories and examinations relevant to the systems above, discuss the integration of findings in formulating a management plan, explain the influence of lifestyle, environment, psychological, cultural and spiritual factors, demonstrate concise and accurate clinical communication skills; (5) practice lifelong learning skills, discuss the importance of mentoring and mentorship, describe effective teaching strategies; and (6) describe different research designs and statistics, evaluate bioclinical science using an evidence-based practice approach, and use appropriate information management methods.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written examinations; (2) clinical skills assessment; and (3) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the clinical skills assessment component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Liam O'Connor
Unit rules
IMED4411 Foundations of Medical Practice needs to be passed
have supplementary assessment granted prior to commencement of this unit.
Approved quota: 240—210 domestic and 30 international
While each written examination does not constitute a barrier, students are required to achieve a pass in the combined written examination component of the unit mark, AND the professional behaviour and attendance component to pass the unit.
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