Clinical Surgery

 

Clinical Surgery

Doctor of Clinical Surgery

Students complete 144 credit points, including:
(a) 108 credit points of core units of study, including:
(i) 66 credit points of clinical coursework (surgery) units of study
(ii) 6 credit points capstone units of study
(ii) 36 credit point research dissertation units of study in the order prescribed below
(b) 36 credit points of elective units of study.
In general students take:
(i) one research and two clinical surgery units per semester
(ii) one elective unit per semester
(iii) the capstone unit in their final semester.

Core units of study

Research
(a) The Research units of study each cover a particular aspect of the Thesis and must be taken in the prescribed order:
(i) Surgical Research 1 - Abstract
(ii) Surgical Research 2 - Narrative Review/Aims
(iii) Surgical Research 3 - Methods (Data Collation)
(iv) Surgical Research 4 - Results
(v) Surgical Research 5 - Discussion/Future Directions
(vi) Surgical Research 6 - Bibliography
SURG6001 Surgical Research 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hour weekly tutorial and attendance at a research skills seminar, plus up to 6 hour/week self-directed research with regular consultation with supervisor. Assessment: The overall assessment of this unit will be via a dissertation submitted at the end of Surgical Research 6 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course builds a basis for the acquisition of research skills in an area of relevance to surgical practice. The student needs to construct a question which, when answered, makes an original contribution to the literature. The student needs to demonstrate each step of the research process through the submission of written work.
SURG6002 Surgical Research 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hour weekly tutorial and attendance at a research skills seminar, plus up to 6 hour/week self-directed research with regular consultation with supervisor Assessment: The overall assessment of this unit will be via a dissertation submitted at the end of Surgical Research 6 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course builds a basis for the acquisition of research skills in an area of relevance to surgical practice. The student needs to appraise the literature critically and design a research project which will make an original contribution to the literature. Skills in data collection, statistical analysis of data and critical thinking will be assessed. The student needs to demonstrate each step of the research process through the submission of written work.
SURG6003 Surgical Research 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1-hour weekly tutorial and attendance at a research skills seminar, plus up to 6 hour/week self-directed research with regular consultation with supervisor. Assessment: The overall assessment of this unit will be via a dissertation submitted at the end of Surgical Research 6 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course builds a basis for the acquisition of research skills in an area of relevance to surgical practice. The student needs to appraise the literature critically and design a research project which will make an original contribution to the literature. Skills in data collection, statistical analysis of data and critical thinking will be assessed. The student needs to demonstrate each step of the research process through the submission of written work.
SURG6004 Surgical Research 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Clinical Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1-hour weekly tutorial and attendance at a research skills seminar, plus up to 6 hour/week self-directed research with regular consultation with supervisor Assessment: The overall assessment of this unit will be via a dissertation submitted at the end of Surgical Research 6 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course builds a basis for the acquisition of research skills in an area of relevance to surgical practice. The student needs to appraise the literature critically and design a research project which will make an original contribution to the literature. Skills in data collection, statistical analysis of data and critical thinking will be assessed. The student needs to demonstrate each step of the research process through the submission of written work.
SURG6005 Surgical Research 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1-hour weekly tutorial and attendance at a research skills seminar, plus up to 6 hour/week self-directed research with regular consultation with supervisor Assessment: The overall assessment of this unit will be via a dissertation submitted at the end of Surgical Research 6 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course builds a basis for the acquisition of research skills in an area of relevance to surgical practice. The student needs to appraise the literature critically and design a research project which will make an original contribution to the literature. Skills in data collection, statistical analysis of data and critical thinking will be assessed. The student needs to demonstrate each step of the research process through the submission of written work.
SURG6006 Surgical Research 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1-hour weekly tutorial and attendance at a research skills seminar, plus up to 6 hour/week self-directed research with regular consultation with supervisor Assessment: The overall assessment of this unit will be via a dissertation submitted at the end of Surgical Research 6 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course builds a basis for the acquisition of research skills in an area of relevance to surgical practice. The student will demonstrate skills of writing and communication research including developing an ability to translate research to a lay audience. This unit will culminate in the submission of a research dissertation.
Clinical coursework (surgery)
(a) Students who possess a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), or equivalent, may be granted an exemption of 66 credit points of clinical coursework units of study
(b) Students must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales, and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
SURG6011 Clinical Surgery 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course provides students with the basic psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
SURG6012 Clinical Surgery 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
SURG6013 Clinical Surgery 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) (See handbook for details of all assessment tasks) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
SURG6014 Clinical Surgery 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) (See handbook for details of all assessment tasks) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
SURG6015 Clinical Surgery 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) (See handbook for details of all assessment tasks) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
SURG6016 Clinical Surgery 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) (See handbook for details of all assessment tasks) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
SURG6017 Clinical Surgery 7

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) (See handbook for details of all assessment tasks) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
SURG6018 Clinical Surgery 8

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) (See handbook for details of all assessment tasks) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
SURG6019 Clinical Surgery 9

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) (See handbook for details of all assessment tasks) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
SURG6020 Clinical Surgery 10

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) (See handbook for details of all assessment tasks) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
SURG6021 Clinical Surgery 11

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), one in-depth case analysis (30%), assessment of diagnostic and clinical management (20%), participation in weekly clinical tutorials (20%) (See handbook for details of all assessment tasks) Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course builds on the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Capstone
SURG6022 Clinical Surgery Capstone

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Pierre Chapuis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 x 4.5 hour weekly clinical and or operating sessions Assessment: Satisfactory competent participation in the care of a number of patients (30%), viva voce (70%) - see handbook for details of all assessment tasks Mode of delivery: Clinical experience
This course rounds off the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills that are necessary to develop in a career in surgery which are gained in previous clinical surgery courses. The course also provides opportunities for students to develop an ability to critically review the medical and scientific literature with a view to develop supportable, safe and competent clinical management for patients with surgical disease. Students will also have an opportunity to review the wider implications of surgery within the national and global health imperatives and to be able to communicate and defend their views competently. Satisfactory performance in the Clinical Surgery Capstone is mandatory to be awarded the Doctor of Clinical Surgery.
Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Non-clinical subjects (elective)

CEPI5200 Quality and Safety in Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Merrilyn Walton Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Assessment: 3 x online quizzes and short response tasks (60%); 1 x 2000 word written assignment (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: People working in health care will benefit from this course.
This course is specifically designed for health professionals who are working in health care. It will equip participants with underpinning knowledge about patient safety. The course modules cover quality and safety principles, professionalism and ethics, the blame culture, risk information, health care as a system, the impact of adverse events, methods to measure and make improvements in health care.
The modules, tools and the discussions are designed to enable participants to change behaviours by understanding the main causes of adverse events. The course provides foundation knowledge about quality and safety; governments around the world are concerned to address unsafe care. The course will better prepare health professional to understand the complexity of health care and take steps to minimise the opportunities for errors and address vulnerabilities in the system.
Textbooks
Runciman, Bill, Merry A Walton M. Safety and Ethics in Healthcare: A Guide to Getting it Right. 2007 Asgate Publisher.
CEPI5300 Research Grants: Theory and Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Germaine Wong Session: Semester 1 Classes: 11 online or face-to-face sessions and 1 face-to-face workshop (June) Prerequisites: (PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) and PUBH5018 Prohibitions: CEPI5505 Assessment: 1 x written research proposal (60%); online class presentations (30%); workshop participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode, Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
In this unit of study, the student will develop his/her own research proposal, to a standard suitable for a peer-reviewed granting body. Each section of a grant proposal (Abstract, Aims, Background, Significance, Methods) will be discussed, with the student presenting and refining the corresponding section of his/her own proposal in a synchronous online workshop setting. This will be complemented by online presentations from experienced researchers on the practical aspects of clinical research. Topics include: observational studies, randomised controlled trials, diagnostic test evaluation, qualitative studies, economic evaluation, and process evaluation. The unit will conclude with a one-day, face-to-face, mandatory workshop where students will learn about budgeting, qualitative research, strategies and grant administration, research ethics and peer review of research grants.
EDPR5001 University Teaching and Learning

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3hr meeting fortnightly, Fridays 1-4pm Assessment: 1x500wd issue posting (10%), 1x1500wd annotated bibliography (25%), 1x4000wd final project proposal (65%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will offer you opportunities to enhance your understanding of good teaching and quality student learning in higher education. The main aim of this unit is to support you in applying your enhanced understanding of teaching and learning to planning scholarly and creative solutions to practice-based problems in your work as a university teacher. As a result of successfully completing this unit of study students should be able to explain relationships between good teaching and quality student learning using theoretical concepts from the higher education literature; and apply an enhanced understanding of good teaching and quality student learning to practice-based teaching and learning issues.
EDPE6016 Adult Learning and Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x3000wd learning-contract based essay and reflection exercise (40%) and 1x3000wd seminar essay (40%) and 1x45 minute seminar presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines selected issues relating to adult development and adult learning. Concepts of growth and decline are explored, particularly in relation to cognitive development, transitions in the workplace, within families, and in other social contexts. Considerations of adult learning focus on adult conceptions of learning, higher education, and the development of expertise. It considers contexts for adult learning, and concepts of self-directed and self-regulated learning.
EDPE6011 Learning and Individual Differences

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x3000wd seminar essay (40%) and 1x3000wd seminar essay (40%) and 1x45 minute seminar presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examiners major areas of individual differences among learners and ways in which educational provision may be adapted to accommodate these differences in helping each student to achieve major learning outcomes. Consideration will be given to areas of cognitive and personality differences, learning styles, and gender differences. Particular attention will be given to implications of research which (a) explores aptitude-treatment interactions, (b) elucidates the mediating processes involved in adaptive provisions and (c) evaluates outcomes of major forms of provision for individual differences.
EDPR6012 Developing Integ eLearning Env Higher Ed

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x3hr meeting/week (Friday 1-4 pm) for 8 weeks Assessment: 1x1500wd Analysis and design report (25%), 1x2500wd Equivalent Multimedia Submission (40%), 1x2000wd Final design plan report (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will offer you the opportunity to develop your understanding of theoretical and practical issues in designing integrated eLearning environments in higher education. Participants will have the chance to consider their own teaching approaches in relation to students' experience of technology-enabled learning activities. Drawing on recent research into technology-enabled teaching and learning theory and practice, participants will design, develop and evaluate integrated learning activities that are relevant to their own teaching and learning contexts.
Textbooks
Laurillard, D. (2002). Rethinking university teaching: A framework for the effective use of educational technology (2nd ed.). London:Routledge
EDPZ5010 Individual Profession Learning Portfolio

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: independent work; several meetings across the semester Assessment: 1x6000wd professional learning portfolio (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit provides you with the opportunity to develop a portfolio, where you can document and critically examine how you supported the learning of other participants in your formal or informal setting. Students are expected to implement an initiative to improve participants' learning in a formal or informal setting. Students are expected to have successfully completed other units of study before enrolling in this unit. University staff may undertake this unit by completing the development program for Research Higher Degree Supervision. No concurrent enrolment with EDPZ6010 unless special permission has been granted by the Faculty.
EDPZ6010 Prof Learning Leadership Portfolio

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: independent work; several meetings across the semester Assessment: 1x6000wd professional leadership portfolio (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is designed to enable educators, with the support of a mentor, to document and engage in critical reflection on professional workplace learning, differing from its companion unit EDPZ5010, due to the focus on leadership and your professional role in working with colleagues' professional development. This unit provides you with the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio where you can document and critically examine how you have led others to improve the work in your formal or informal setting. Students are expected to have successfully completed other units of study before enrolling in this unit. No concurrent enrolment with EDPZ5010 unless special permission has been granted by the Faculty.
HPOL5001 Health Systems and Financing

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor James Gillespie, Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online students: 12 x week by week online tasks and activities (lectures, discussion boards, quizzes, short videos, interactive readings). Block Mode students: 2 x 2 full day workshops, plus 12 x week by week online tasks Prohibitions: GLOH5135 Assessment: compulsory contributions (5%), online quiz (15%), assignment 1: 2500 word individual written report on comparative health systems analysis (40%) assignment 2: 2500 word individual written report on analysis of health finance and policy objectives (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode, Online
This unit aims to equip students with operational knowledge of the structures and financing of health systems. The focus will be on Australia and comparable countries. However, we will also look at particular issues around lower income and aid dependent health systems. Topics covered include funding priorities and mechanisms, the debates over the public-private mix, governance and accountability. The unit addresses questions such as: Who makes decisions about funding priorities? To whom should decision makers be held accountable and for what aspects of their work? How does health financing shape universal health coverage? By the end of this unit students will be able to: Apply a critical understanding of the basic history and features of the Australian and comparable health systems; Debate the main models and principles of health system funding, including principles of insurance, risk-pooling, equity, delivery and governance; Undertake a cross-country comparative analysis of health system features and outcomes, including low and middle income countries; Critically analyse national health budgets and funding programs; Locate finance policy in the wider context of health systems and economies.
Textbooks
Recommended: Blank, RH and Burau, V. Comparative Health Policy (5th Edition) Macmillan, 2017. (Readings are available on the unit's eLearning site)
MEDF5002 Teaching in the Clinical Environment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Annette Burgess and Associate Professor Chris Roberts Session: Semester 2 Classes: online learning and participation in weekly online discussion forums Assessment: Personal learning plan (15%); online presentation (15%); portfolio of evidence of learning (60%); participation in online discussion forums (10%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Almost all healthcare professionals are involved in education and training throughout their careers. This unit of study provides a practical introduction to the theory and practice of teaching and learning in the health environment. The unit will cover three main areas: planning for and facilitating learning in the clinical environment; assessing performance and providing constructive feedback; and fostering the development of students as professionals. Each of these areas will be underpinned by best evidence from clinical education research and will address current challenges and opportunities in the learning environment from the perspective of both educators and learners. Participants in the course will gain a framework they can use to support their teaching, and will develop a portfolio of evidence to support their professional development as clinician educators.
PCOL5101 Drugs and Devices: R and D to Registration

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Hui Xin Ong & Dr Rania Salama Session: Semester 1 Classes: online lectures, podcasts, discussion boards, webinars Assessment: online quizzes (20%), short answer questions (20%) written assignments (30%), presentation (15%); case study (15%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study provides a broad overview of the processes involved in translating a new drug, formulation and/or medical device from a laboratory setting to an approved product. It is targeted at people interested in or already working in the pharmaceutical or medical device industries, and advisors in the regulatory sector. Three core areas are covered: (1) the regulatory organisation, (2) requirements during drug discovery and device conception, manufacture and clinical trials, and (3) post-registration pharmacovigilance and pharmacoeconomics . Students will gain knowledge of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and guidelines for the registration and regulation of medical devices and medicines. Students will also learn the importance of international regulations, harmonisation and application to the Australian market. The unit covers R and D; manufacturing and clinical trial requirements; the concepts of good laboratory and manufacturing practices (GMP, GLP) and quality by design (QbD); as well as regulator accepted laboratory methodologies used for submission of product dossiers and medical device documentation. The basics of clinical trial design will be analysed, as well as concepts of pharmacokinetics, dynamics, pharmacoeconomics and clinical endpoints for registration of new products using case studies and online tutorials. Special requirements for the registration and testing of generic medicines will also be part of the unit.
Textbooks
online readings and other learning resources will be provided.
PCOL5102 Modern Therapeutics and Medical Devices

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Hui Xin Ong & Dr Rania Salama Session: Semester 2 Classes: online lectures, podcasts, discussion boards, webinars Assessment: online quizzes (20%), short answer questions (20%), written assignments (30%), case study (15%), recorded presentation and discussion (15%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study develops knowledge in current state-of-the-art therapeutic technologies. The principles of mode of action are investigated, along with methods of manufacture and registration. The unit is targeted at people already in or interested in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, and advisors in the regulatory sector. It covers 4 core areas of regulation in Australia: (1) biologicals and personalised medicine, (2) cell based products, (3) medical devices and (4) classical formulations. The principles that underpin these innovative therapies are covered in terms of development, targeting and manufacture along with the application of genomics in personalised medicine. Students will investigate the processes of manufacture, verification and validation testing to ensure regulations are met. The emerging area of cellular immunotherapy for cancer treatment will be discussed. Students will gain knowledge of the different types of therapies within this space. Case studies will be evaluated, including the challenges associated with bringing these therapies and devices to market. Classical formulations (i.e. oral, respiratory and injectable dosage forms) will be covered and advances within the field such as regulation of nanotechnology will also be discussed.
Textbooks
online readings and other learning recourses will be provided.
PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Timothy Schlub, Dr Erin Cvejic Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 x 2hr lectures, 10 x 1hr lectures, 11 x 2hr tutorials, 2 x 1hr and 8 x 0.5hr statistical computing self directed learning tasks over 12 weeks - lectures and tutorials may be completed online Assessment: Weekly quizzes (10%), 1x4 page assignment (20%), 1x1hr online test (20%) and 1x1.5hr open-book exam (50%). For distance students it may be possible to complete the exam externally with the approval of the course coordinator. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening, Online
This unit introduces students to statistical methods relevant in medicine and health. Students will learn how to appropriately summarise and visualise data, carry out a statistical analysis, interpret p-values and confidence intervals, and present statistical findings in a scientific publication. Students will also learn how to determine the appropriate sample size when planning a research study. Students will learn how to conduct analyses using calculators and statistical software.
Specific analysis methods of this unit include: hypothesis tests for one-sample, two paired samples and two independent samples for continuous and binary data; distribution-free methods for two paired samples, two independent samples; correlation and simple linear regression; power and sample size estimation for simple studies; and introduction to multivariable regression models;.
Students who wish to continue with their statistical learning after this unit are encouraged to take PUBH5217 Biostatistics: Statistical Modelling.
Textbooks
Course notes will be made available.
PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Tim Driscoll, Dr Erin Mathieu Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 1hr lecture and 1x 2hr tutorial per week for 13 weeks - face to face or their equivalent online Prohibitions: BSTA5011 or CEPI5100 Assessment: 1x 6 page assignment (25%), 10 weekly quizzes (5% in total) and 1x 2.5hr supervised open-book exam (70%). For distance students, it may be possible to complete the exam externally with the approval of the course coordinator. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening, Online
This unit provides students with core skills in epidemiology, particularly the ability to critically appraise public health and clinical epidemiological research literature regarding public health and clinical issues. This unit covers: study types; measures of frequency and association; measurement bias; confounding/effect modification; randomized trials; systematic reviews; screening and test evaluation; infectious disease outbreaks; measuring public health impact and use and interpretation of population health data. In addition to formal classes or their on-line equivalent, it is expected that students spend an additional 2-3 hours at least each week preparing for their tutorials.
Textbooks
Webb, PW. Bain, CJ. and Page, A. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals Third Edition: Cambridge University Press 2017.
WMST6902 Arguing the Point

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x1500wd skills exercise (30%), 1x2000wd peer-learning task (30%), 1x2500wd long essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit introduces students to some practices, methods, writing styles and forms of argumentation relevant to research in Gender and Cultural Studies. Through the study of different examples, students are encouraged to develop their own research practices and writing skills. The unit caters to students in the early stages of thesis conception and development. Students who have already begun writing their thesis will be encouraged to experiment with different ways of arguing and writing their research. Students who are just starting will have the opportunity to develop their ideas.