MEDSCI 142 : Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems
Medical and Health Sciences
2021 Semester Two (15 POINTS)
Professional Teaching Fellow, Course Coordinator
DDI: +64 9 923 1552
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Explain in depth the importance of particular organ systems. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Explain how any imbalance can affect health and lead to disease. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Use and develop your intellectual, cognitive and practical skills to complete the learning and assessment activities. (Capability 2, 3 and 5)
- Communicate your knowledge and understanding as a future healthcare and/or scientific professional with fellow students, the academic faculty and the community. (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)
- Plan and evaluate your own progress towards achieving personal and professional goals. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
|Final Exam||30%||Individual Examination|
|Piazza discussions (formative)||Group & Individual Coursework|
|Mock test (formative)||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
|Piazza discussions (formative)|
|Mock test (formative)|
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in. Please note that this 150-hour guideline does not consider
- diverse student ability/differences in processing and learning speeds;
- the extent of prior disciplinary knowledge/solidity of foundation pre-knowledge;
- differences between cognitively passive or active learning approaches;
- the level of attainment likely to be achieved with this level of time investment (C- pass vs A-range grades)
For this course, you can expect 35 hours of lectures, 15 hours of labs (6 x 2.5 hours), with the remaining 100 hours (minimum) to be invested in reading and thinking actively about the content, working on assignments and/or test and exam preparations.
At COVID Alert Level 1 or lower:
- The lecture and practical activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable. Attendance is expected at scheduled activities. Students need to attend and engage fully in labs in order to complete/do well in the laboratory-related assessment tasks.
- Technology permitting, lecture recordings will be available. Other learning activities, including labs, will not be available as recordings.
- The course will not include live online events (e.g. live group discussions/tutorials).
- Assessments: Attendance on campus is required for all tests and the final exam.
At COVID Alert Levels 2 or above: please refer section below on Learning Continuity.
- Textbook with Interactive E-Text Code: ISBN 9780730363538
Available for $176.63 NZD from ubiq: https://ubiq.co.nz/p/principles-of-anatomy-and-physiology-asia-pacific-edition-interactive-ebook-9780730363538
- Interactive E-Text: ISBN 9780730354987
Available for $75 AUD via Wiley Direct: https://www.wileydirect.com.au/buy/principles-of-anatomy-physiology-2nd-asia-pacific-edition/
At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.
Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.
Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.
- Labs / Online labs: your comments highlighted the educational benefits of in-person labs. We will continue to do our best to offer these, Alert Level permitting. Your comments also surfaced the fact that many students struggle with engaging with online labs. We will take this on board and if online labs are necessary going forward, we will do our best to make these videos and related activities more interactive. We will also explicitly remind students to not watch the lab videos passively.
- Lecturer introductions: your comments showed that you appreciated getting to know the lecturers as people. Going forward, we will make sure that we capture the lecturers' introductions on the recordings so that students who miss the in-person introductions can still 'put a face to the name'.
- Amount of content: we accept that this is a demanding course, however all the knowledge covered is requisite for your future studies. To help students unpack/focus on the key points, lecturers have provided post-class activities that explicitly align with the learning outcomes, as well as additional written summaries or tutorial videos that address key areas of concern/common misunderstanding as highlighted by your Piazza Tutors. The SET feedback suggests that students who engaged with these resources meaningfully and in a timely manner were able to keep on top of their studies.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.
All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz
If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.
If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.
This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.
In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.
Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.