MEDSCI 201 : Human Structure and Function
Medical and Health Sciences
2021 Semester One (15 POINTS)
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|
- Demonstrate a holistic understanding of the complex interdependence of separate organ systems that together ensure reliable functioning of the human body. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Explain how any imbalance can affect health and lead to disease. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Describe in-depth the importance of a particular organ system. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
- Integrate their practical skills to enhance their learning/understanding of particular organ systems. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
- Use and develop their intellectual and cognitive skills to complete any associated 'on-task' activities. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
- Communicate their knowledge and understanding with fellow students, the academic faculty, and the wider community, in writing and verbally. (Capability 4, 5 and 6)
- Plan and evaluate their own progress toward achieving their academic, personal and professional goals. (Capability 5)
|Laboratories||30%||Group & Individual Coursework|
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Examination|
|Class discussions (formative)||Group & Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
|Class discussions (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.
Campus Experience (in-person, face-to-face)
- The lecture and practical activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable. Attendance is expected at scheduled activities. Students need to engage fully in labs in order to complete/do well in the laboratory 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.
Self-directed learning is an important aspect of this course. Students are expected to prepare for classes by reading specified sections from the recommended textbook or other sources, and self-manage time so that activities are completed in a timely fashion.
The recommended text is Human Anatomy, by Martini, Tallitsch, and Nath, 9th ed. Earlier versions, or other anatomy textbooks, are also suitable.
Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed USA
The e-Text is available online at http://www.pearsoned.co.nz/9780134424873 for $60.
You can borrow earlier editions of this textbook from the Philson Library (Grafton Campus) or the General Library (City Campus).
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 lecture/topic sequence was altered so that
(a) neural & musculoskeletal systems took place earlier in the course, and
(b) histology sessions were distributed throughout the course to better integrate with other organ systems;
- The structure and assessment of the histology lab were reviewed; pre-lab activities were reviewed to ensure they were pitched at the appropriate level;
- Communicated more explicitly on the depth of understanding that is expected in the laboratory assessments.
- Peer Tutoring (as offered in MEDSCI 205): Anatomy and Physiology are different disciplines and require different ways of thinking. Peer Tutoring is appropriate for a conceptual subject such as Physiology, but less so for Anatomy. Peer Tutoring sessions for MEDSCI 201 are currently not possible owing to resourcing, timetabling, and space constraints. We remind future students to maximise their interactions with Lab Demonstrators and lecturers during labs, and that students can set up their own study groups.
- Request for more revision resources: students already have a lot of resources available to them. ‘More’ does not mean ‘better’.
Learn to value and use meaningfully and maximally what you do have access to, instead of wishing you had ‘more’.
e.g. realise that every MCQ can be turned into multiple true/false statements. Practise articulating and justifying each statement.
e.g. challenge yourself to create your own revision resources and having these critiqued by peers / Piazza Tutors.
e.g. make use of all the past exams available - early.
- Some students prefer more online assignments and fewer tests: The post-lab quizzes are open-book and open to collaboration and thus are not necessarily a true reflection of individual students’ knowledge/ability.
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.