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Unit description

Provides students with a deepening understanding of the diagnostic theory and methods in primary care medicine, with particular concentration on the modules of immunology, cardiology, respiratory and paediatrics. This unit also aims to integrate the osteopathic principles and practices into knowledge of public health and patient problems in these systems.

Unit content

Topic 1: Principles of Public Health Clinical Epidemiology Social determinants of health
Topic 2: Principles of immunology Review of pathology Advanced diagnostic skills
Topic 3: Principles of cardiology Review of pathology Advanced diagnostic skills
Topic 4: Principles of pulmonary medicine Review of pathology Advanced diagnostic skills
Topic 5: Principles of paediatrics Review of major pathologies Advanced diagnostic skills
Topic 6: Case study development, including:

  • Case history interview Integration of basic and clinical sciences
  • Nutritional and lifestyle considerations
  • Diagnostic work up
  • Development of a rational management plan

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1evaluate signs and symptoms of disease in patient presentations in the immune, cardiology and respiratory systems, and the paediatric domainIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2develop working diagnoses in these systems based on findings from physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologiesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic processKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4construct rational management of patient cases based on an integrated diagnostic processIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
5defend working diagnoses and treatment plans using rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skillsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6examine the principles of public and social health including clinical epidemiology,Knowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
7appraise the place of osteopathic medicine within these spheres.Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate signs and symptoms of disease in patient presentations in the immune, cardiology and respiratory systems, and the paediatric domain
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. develop working diagnoses in these systems based on findings from physical examination, laboratory and imaging technologies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. critically explore the integration of the osteopathic concept of health and disease with the diagnostic process
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. construct rational management of patient cases based on an integrated diagnostic process
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. defend working diagnoses and treatment plans using rational clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. examine the principles of public and social health including clinical epidemiology,
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  7. appraise the place of osteopathic medicine within these spheres.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Practical session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Exam: closed book50%
Case study50%
PresentationSR
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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