PODI4111 Integrated Clinical Sciences 1

Credit
24 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
Students cover clinically relevant concepts in the disciplines of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Pharmacology, Pathology, Population Science and Behavioural Science. Students undertake introductory learning of molecules, cells and tissues, and the basics of scientific research and medical evidence. This progresses to organ system learning with a focus on the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and neurological systems and the head, neck and sensory organs. Students are also introduced to professional practice including the theory of communication skills within podiatric practice. Concurrently, students cover content related to blood and drugs (haematology and pharmacology), and body defences (microbiology and immunology).
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe common human pathogenic organisms, associated diseases and treatments, inflammation and healing, and describe the structure and function of the immune system and clinical aspects of immunology; (2) discuss clinically relevant normal and abnormal human structure, function, behaviour and development, and explain the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, common clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles, therapeutic principles and aspects of population health for the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and neurological systems and the head, neck and sensory organs; (3) promote and participate in discussions on aspects of public and population health, epidemiology, migrant and refugee health in Australia, and discuss strategies for health maintenance, promotion, screening and disease prevention for specified organ system medical conditions; (4) demonstrate knowledge of blood and blood pathologies, and outline principles of drug delivery, metabolism and associated pharmacological aspects; and (5) display professional behaviour in the educational settings, outline some challenges to professionalism, demonstrate objective self-reflection and insight to recognise own personal values, well-being and difficulties and access support services when necessary, and comply with medicolegal requirements and responsibilities.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessments; (2) in-semester tests; and (3) professional behaviour assessment (Pass/Fail). 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 professional behaviour assessment (Pass/Fail) component.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit and have passed the professional behaviour assessment.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Catherine Crabb
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (90870)
Approved quota: 35—30 domestic and 5 international places
Contact hours
30 hours per week
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