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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces students to clinical diagnosis, going beyond the understanding of the common manifestations of disease to promote skills in clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and safe clinical practice. Material is presented in a problem-based learning format, with a significant portion embedded within an interactive software package.

Unit content

Topic 1: Integrated clinical problem solving approach to diagnose disorders of the gastrointestinal system and

               accessory organs (the liver, exocrine pancreas and spleen)

Topic 2: Integrated clinical problem solving approach to diagnose disorders of the respiratory system (including

               ear, nose and throat)

Topic 3: Integrated clinical problem solving approach to diagnose disorders of the endocrine system

Topic 4: Medical investigations - clinical biochemistry, clinical haematology, clinical microbiology, clinical

               immunology and medical imaging

Topic 5: Issues for special populations - paediatrics and geriatrics

Topic 6: Selected issues in clinical pharmacology

Topic 7: Safety issues

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 recognise and explain the common presentations of disease
2 demonstrate practical skills in eliciting an appropriate history from patients presenting with common symptoms
3 critically analyse a patient history and be able to compile a diagnostic profile relating to the presentation
4 recognise and explain clinical signs and how to elicit these signs
5 determine a provisional diagnosis based on critical analysis of the symptoms and signs in a clinical presentation
6 explain common medical investigations and their use in clinical practice and demonstrate the skills needed to use results from them to validate a provisional diagnosis
7 demonstrate safety as a clinician by (i) explaining the limitations of health professionals in clinical practice, (ii) explaining selected issues of clinical pharmacology, and (iii) explaining the appropriate referral procedure for a range of common presentations outside the competence of non-medical health practitioners.

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

  1. recognise and explain the common presentations of disease
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate practical skills in eliciting an appropriate history from patients presenting with common symptoms
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. critically analyse a patient history and be able to compile a diagnostic profile relating to the presentation
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. recognise and explain clinical signs and how to elicit these signs
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. determine a provisional diagnosis based on critical analysis of the symptoms and signs in a clinical presentation
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. explain common medical investigations and their use in clinical practice and demonstrate the skills needed to use results from them to validate a provisional diagnosis
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. demonstrate safety as a clinician by (i) explaining the limitations of health professionals in clinical practice, (ii) explaining selected issues of clinical pharmacology, and (iii) explaining the appropriate referral procedure for a range of common presentations outside the competence of non-medical health practitioners.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • This text does not suit the learning style of all students. You may choose BOTH of the optional text books in place of this one: Ferri, FF, 2014, 2014 Ferri's Clinical Advisor. ISBN: 9780323083744.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.