Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5328 Diploma of Interpreting

Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016,
Term2 2016

Course Contact: Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions; to carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment; and to use appropriate advanced medical terminology.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not applicable

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately


1-Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology

2-Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication

3-Carry out routine tasks

Learning Outcomes

See elements and key performance criteria

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will look for evidence of the following skills and knowledge:
• using medical terminology in written and verbal communication
• identifying and appropriately using abbreviations for medical terms and associated processes
• managing own learning to maintain knowledge of up-to-date medical terminology
• knowledge of relevant legislation from all levels of government that impacts on business operations, codes of practice and national standards.

Assessment tasks may include:
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence 
• review of workplace documents and content  and their currency and authenticity (for RPL assessment)
• analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
• demonstration of techniques
• observation of presentations
• oral or written questioning
• observation of performance in role plays
• oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of workplace emergencies, risks and hazards
• assessment of documentation.