Course Title: Understanding Disease Processes and Treatment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Understanding Disease Processes and Treatment

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PUBH1397

City Campus

Undergraduate

155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

PUBH1397

City Campus

Undergraduate

174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Judith McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Coordinator Email: judith.mccann@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 51.7.05

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday to Thursday


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study:
You are required to have completed the studies:

  • BIOL2365:Biological Principles
  • PUBH1398 Health: Meanings, Determinants and Actions
  • BIOL2361 Anatomy & Physiology

and may be directed to amend your enrolment if this requirement is not met
 


Course Description

This course introduces you to an overview of cellular injury and disease processes and their impacts on the major body systems. You will study how the body systems respond to pathological changes of the major organs of the body and the effects of aging on physiological functions of the organ systems. It also includes an overview of common pharmacological management. Key topics include: Introduction to disease processes; Body’s responses to injury; Disorders of the Nervous system; Disorders of the Musculo-Skeletal system; Disorders of the Endocrine system ; Disorders of the Cardiovascular system; Disorders of the Respiratory and Digestive systems; Introduction to Pharmacology; Analgesics and Anti-inflammatory drugs; Antihypertensive and Anti-coagulant drugs; Anti-psychotic drugs and other common groups of drugs.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Associate Degree in Health Sciences:

1. access up to date discipline information/knowledge and ensure that decisions and actions are informed by a critical assessment of information

4. communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, oral) and with diverse audiences and cultural groups (community, clients and health professionals)
 


On completion of this course, students should be able to;
1. examine how disruption to the major systems of the body results in disease.
2. identify the major disease processes associated with ageing.
3. communicate effectively with a range of audiences using appropriate terminology for disease processes, clinical manifestations and prevention of diseases.
4. recognise pharmaceuticals used to treat common conditions.


Overview of Learning Activities

 In this course you will learn through the following activities:
• Face to face teaching: to obtain an understanding of basic concepts that are required to undertake further study
• Online learning of medical terminology
• Personal reading (e.g. prescribed sections of textbooks and online materials): to reinforce/strengthen your understanding of the principles of disease processes
• Case studies and tutorial group activities


Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to access this course on Blackboard on a regular basis to prepare for class. You will also need to read a range of recommended texts, online materials, library resources and other learning materials.
You may need to use other resources available in the RMIT Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide at:
http://rmit.libguides.com/sb.php?subject_id=67926


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:

Early Assessment Task: On-line quiz
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Poster presentation
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO 2

Assessment Task 3: Examination (Case study based)
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 3

Assessment 4: Pharmacology assessement (Journal/Case studies)
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 3 and 4

Assessment 5: Tutorial activities and Medical Terminology (Online Quizzes)
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLO 3