Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: BUSM7866C

Course Title: Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5328 - Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact: Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Contact email address for all inquiries:

Atsuko Taniguchi

Bum Lee

Issac Lui

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not applicable

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately


1-Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology

Performance Criteria:


1.1.            Receive, interpret and document written and oral instructions using medical terminology

1.2.            Use checklists where appropriate

1.3.            Ensure own understanding of abbreviations for specialised medical terminology and associated processes

1.4.            Ensure own understanding of and adhere to, the policies and procedures of the enterprise

1.5. Seek clarification when necessary


2-Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication

Performance Criteria:


2.1.            Use medical terminology correctly in the completion of routine tasks

2.2.            Seek assistance from supervisor or experienced staff member as required


3-Carry out routine tasks

Performance Criteria:

3.1.            Use appropriate medical terminology as directed, in oral communication with patients, fellow workers and health professionals

3.2.            Use appropriate medical terminology as directed, in written communication with patients, fellow workers and health professionals

3.3.            Present written communication to a designated person for verification if required

3.4.            Spell and pronounce medical terminology correctly

Learning Outcomes

See elements and key performance criteria

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-

- Completing weekly online activities on Blackboard
-  Completing activities in the prescribed text book
 - Developing bilingual glossaries of common conditions, tests and treatment methods
-  Site visits
-  Maintaining an e-journal

Teaching Schedule

The PROGRAM will be made available on the Blackboard site for this course at the begining of the semester.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Online Learning Hub resources are avaialble for this course.

Hutton, A.R. 2006. An introduction to medical terminology for healthcare. 4th ed. Churchill & Livingstone

Other Resources

The students can access library for more audio-video and print resources on common medical terms, conditions, treatment methods, tests.

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

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.

Assessment Tasks

The assessments tasks will involve-

Assessment task 1: Weekly online quizzes/activities on Blackboard - All quizzes must be completed with a minimum pass of 80%, and all activities in each unit must be completed.  

Assessment task 2: Medical Terminology Bilingual Verbal Test - Minimum pass 60% in English and LOTE language  

Assessment task 3: Medical Terminology OnlineTest on the course content covered - Minimum pass 60%.

Students are required to complete and pass all of the above tasks to receive CA as the result.

Assessment Matrix


 Element 1Element 2Element 3
AT2 X 

Other Information


This course uses a competency-based assessment and will be graded as follows:
CA (Competency Achieved)
NYC (Not Yet Competent)
DNS (Did Not Submit)

All competency-based assessment tasks for this course must be completed at the required level (see the elements and key performance criteria for each unit) in order to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) award.If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed but some or all are not at the required level, they will be assessed as NYC (Not Yet Competent).

If a student does not submit assessment tasks at all, a DNS result will be entered.
Learning Resources
RMIT Library
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at:
The Learning Lab is a collection of web-based resources including tip sheets and interactive tutorials on study skills, writing, English language development and maths. Access RMIT’s Learning Lab online via this link:

Assessment Tasks : Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.
Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.
Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Other Relevant Information

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing
Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;

Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:
Complaints Procedure:
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
Student Complaints Policy:
Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form:


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