MEDSCI 142 : Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems
Medical and Health Sciences
2023 Semester Two (1235) (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 and 2)
- Explain how any imbalance can affect health and lead to disease. (Capability 3 and 4)
- Use and develop your intellectual, cognitive and practical skills to complete the learning and assessment activities. (Capability 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 4 and 6)
- Plan and evaluate your own progress towards achieving personal and professional goals. (Capability 5)
|Online activities||20%||Individual Coursework|
|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.
- 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 in-person and on-campus is required for all tests and the final exam. For planning purposes:
Test 1 is always held on the Monday of Week 7: i.e. Monday 11th September 2023, 6:30 PM - approx. 8 PM
Test 2 is always held on the Friday of Week 12: i.e. Friday 20th October 2023, 6 PM - approx. 7:30 PM
The Final Exam is timetabled centrally, with time and date TBA by mid-September each year. Students are expected to be available throughout the official exam period - see https://www.staff.auckland.ac.nz/en/teaching-and-students/academic-programmes/academic-dates/2023-teachingdays.html
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.
- Hard copy textbook (includes Interactive E-Text Code): ISBN 9780730392002
Available for $170.87 NZD from ubiq (university book store): https://ubiq.co.nz/p/principles-of-anatomy-and-physiology-asia-pacific-edition-interactive-e-book-9780730392002
- Interactive E-Text:
2nd ed. ISBN 9780730354987 Available for $65 AUD via Wiley Direct
3rd ed. ISBN 9780730392002 Available for $75 AUD via Wiley Direct
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.
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.
Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.
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 course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.
The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.
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.
Every student must comply with Statutes, Regulations, Rules and Policies. Breaches will be dealt with according to the Statute for Student Discipline [https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about-us/about-the-university/policy-hub/education-student-experience/academic-conduct/statute-for-student-discipline.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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.