Introduces students to clinical diagnosis, going beyond the understanding of the common manifestations of disease to promote skills in clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and safe clinical practice. Material is presented in a problem-based learning format, with a significant portion embedded within an interactive software package.
Topic 1: Integrated clinical problem solving approach to diagnose disorders of the gastrointestinal system and
accessory organs (the liver, exocrine pancreas and spleen)
Topic 2: Integrated clinical problem solving approach to diagnose disorders of the respiratory system (including
ear, nose and throat)
Topic 3: Integrated clinical problem solving approach to diagnose disorders of the endocrine system
Topic 4: Medical investigations - clinical biochemistry, clinical haematology, clinical microbiology, clinical
immunology and medical imaging
Topic 5: Issues for special populations - paediatrics and geriatrics
Topic 6: Selected issues in clinical pharmacology
Topic 7: Safety issues
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||recognise and explain the common presentations of disease||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||demonstrate practical skills in eliciting an appropriate history from patients presenting with common symptoms||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||critically analyse a patient history and be able to compile a diagnostic profile relating to the presentation||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||recognise and explain clinical signs and how to elicit these signs||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||determine a provisional diagnosis based on critical analysis of the symptoms and signs in a clinical presentation||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|6||explain common medical investigations and their use in clinical practice and demonstrate the skills needed to use results from them to validate a provisional diagnosis||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||demonstrate safety as a clinician by (i) explaining the limitations of health professionals in clinical practice, (ii) explaining selected issues of clinical pharmacology, and (iii) explaining the appropriate referral procedure for a range of common presentations outside the competence of non-medical health practitioners.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
- The prescribed text may not suit the learning style of all students so there are two optional texts (see next section) which TOGETHER can be used in place of this one: Ferri, FF, 2016, 2016 Ferri's Clinical Advisor. ISBN: 9780323083744.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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