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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

6

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

SCU College

Unit aim

Focuses on the underlying concepts of science and quantitative literacy essential for success in health studies. Students explore the nature of science as it relates to allied health and solve a range of health related problems using foundational scientific and quantitative concepts. Learning skills specific for the health sciences are developed.

Unit content

Topic 1: The nature of science and inquiry

  • Observations, inferences and evidence
  • Methods of science
  • Communicating in science

Topic 2: Human physiology

  • The cell
  • Hierarchy of body structure
  • Examples of body function

Topic 3: Human anatomy

  • Language of anatomy
  • Introduction to the musculoskeletal system
  • Examples of functional anatomy

Topic 4: The physics of human movement

  • Introduction to concepts in biomechanics

Topic 5: Quantitative reasoning and problem solving

  • Graphs and statistics
  • Formulas and equations

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science as it relates to health science.
2 Demonstrate an understanding of foundational scientific concepts that are essential for successful tertiary study in allied health.
3 Apply analytical, quantitative and problem solving skills in a range of health related contexts.

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science as it relates to health science.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of foundational scientific concepts that are essential for successful tertiary study in allied health.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. Apply analytical, quantitative and problem solving skills in a range of health related contexts.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Zeegers, P, Deller-Evans, K, Egege, S & Klinger, K, 2011, Essential skills for science and technology, revised edn, Oxford University Press, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.