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MEDI306 – Professional Development 2

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor
Sarah White
Level 1, 75T
By appointment
Tutor
Marian Casey
Medical advisor
James Macneil
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to BClinSc and ((39cp at 100 level or above) including MEDI305)
Corequisites Corequisites
MEDI308
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in the three Professional Practice units of the Bachelor of Clinical Science program and is designed to specifically support students wishing to pursue further study and careers in medicine. In this unit, we will explore the medical consultation, developing and practising skills to support effective communication and professionalism. We will also focus on effective learning within clinical scenarios and placements.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Appraise social, behavioural and organisational factors influencing interaction in healthcare practice.
  2. Synthesise aspects of professionalism relating to the consultation and contemporary medical practice.
  3. Relate to people respectfully and adapt your communication to the level of understanding and language of others.
  4. Demonstrate an integrated approach to clinical consultation including physical examination and communication skills.

General Assessment Information

Detailed assessment information is available on iLearn, including task descriptions and assessment rubrics.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Simulation 30% 12 September
Written assessment 40% 8 October
Debate 30% 7 November

Simulation

Due: 12 September
Weighting: 30%

Assessment of communication and consultation skills in simulated scenario 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Relate to people respectfully and adapt your communication to the level of understanding and language of others.
  • Demonstrate an integrated approach to clinical consultation including physical examination and communication skills.

Written assessment

Due: 8 October
Weighting: 40%

Preparation of material about a chosen condition or aspect of health care in two parts: one written for patients and one for a group of clinicians 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Synthesise aspects of professionalism relating to the consultation and contemporary medical practice.
  • Relate to people respectfully and adapt your communication to the level of understanding and language of others.

Debate

Due: 7 November
Weighting: 30%

Debate focussing on the social, behavioural and organisational factors influencing interaction in healthcare practice as well as the aspects of professionalism relating to the consultation and contemporary medical practice.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Appraise social, behavioural and organisational factors influencing interaction in healthcare practice.
  • Synthesise aspects of professionalism relating to the consultation and contemporary medical practice.

Delivery and Resources

As a student enrolled in MEDI306 Professional Practice, you will engage in a range of online and face-to-face learning activities, including readings, online modules, videos and a weekly seminar which will be held on Tuesdays. The seminars will include presentations, group discussions and experiential learning activities. As there are no formal lectures, preparation for and participation in the seminars is essential for your learning in this unit. Details can be found on the MEDI306 iLearn site.

There is a textbook for this unit: Silverman, J., Kurtz, S. M., & Draper, J. (2013). Skills for Communicating with Patients. CRC Press

Additional readings will be accessible through the library.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Assessment requirements

You must complete all assessment tasks to pass the unit.

Attendance requirements

Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes, unless special consideration is granted by the unit convenor. If a student does not attend a minimum of 80% of classes, he/she may not be able to pass the unit.

Penalties for late submissions

Late submissions will be penalised unless special consideration is granted by the unit convenor. The penalty is 10% per day or part thereof.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Appraise social, behavioural and organisational factors influencing interaction in healthcare practice.
  • Synthesise aspects of professionalism relating to the consultation and contemporary medical practice.

Assessment tasks

  • Written assessment
  • Debate

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Appraise social, behavioural and organisational factors influencing interaction in healthcare practice.
  • Relate to people respectfully and adapt your communication to the level of understanding and language of others.
  • Demonstrate an integrated approach to clinical consultation including physical examination and communication skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Simulation
  • Written assessment
  • Debate

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Appraise social, behavioural and organisational factors influencing interaction in healthcare practice.
  • Synthesise aspects of professionalism relating to the consultation and contemporary medical practice.
  • Relate to people respectfully and adapt your communication to the level of understanding and language of others.
  • Demonstrate an integrated approach to clinical consultation including physical examination and communication skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Simulation
  • Written assessment
  • Debate

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Synthesise aspects of professionalism relating to the consultation and contemporary medical practice.
  • Relate to people respectfully and adapt your communication to the level of understanding and language of others.
  • Demonstrate an integrated approach to clinical consultation including physical examination and communication skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Simulation
  • Written assessment
  • Debate

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Synthesise aspects of professionalism relating to the consultation and contemporary medical practice.
  • Relate to people respectfully and adapt your communication to the level of understanding and language of others.
  • Demonstrate an integrated approach to clinical consultation including physical examination and communication skills.

Assessment tasks

  • Simulation
  • Written assessment
  • Debate