University of Sydney Handbooks - 2017 Archive

Download full 2017 archive Page archived at: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:21:56 +1000

Unit of study electives

The following list shows the units of study available as electives or research electives to postgraduate students throughout the faculty. The mode of presentation varies between academic units. Units are offered subject to sufficient demand and staff availability.

Students who require further information on the content or administration of electives and when they are offered should contact the coordinator of the specific unit of study.

Postgraduate electives

Availability of electives may vary from year to year.
BACH5042 Teaching Clinical Reasoning

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Distance mode: independent and online learning. Assessment: Assignments (100%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is concerned with exploring theories, models and research of clinical reasoning and decision-making from the medical, nursing and allied health literature. You will be introduced to a range of strategies to facilitate the development of clinical reasoning, and have the opportunity to explore the research literature relevant to the teaching of clinical reasoning, and to plan the application of strategies to a learning problem your own clinical educational context.
Higgs, J., Jones, M., Loftus, S., & Christensen, N./Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions./3rd/2008/9780750688857/
BACH5085 Clinical Teaching and Supervision

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online learning mode Assessment: Written reflection 500wds (5%), online activities (45%), presentation (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study is concerned with exploring current theory and best practice in teaching and supervision in clinical settings. Participants will be expected to develop a critical and research-informed understanding of the clinical setting as a highly complex and specialised context for student learning, and to investigate and argue for the application of teaching/learning strategies to a learning problem in their own clinical education contexts.
BACH5321 Psychology for Graduate Students

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Fletcher Session: Semester 1 Classes: On-line Assessment: 4xonline short answer assessments of 1500wd equivalent length each (4x25%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: BACH5321 is only available to those who have been assessed by the course director as requiring Psychology content. These students will be given departmental permission to enrol in BACH5321.
This unit provides students with an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives, concepts and vocabulary of psychology. Psychology is concerned with the science of human behaviour - how individuals perceive, think about, and behave in the world. It is concerned with identifying how internal determinants (characteristics unique to the person, and part of physical or psychological make-up) and external determinants (physical environment and social context) impact upon the individual. It is also concerned with the way in which people change over time, as well as explaining and predicting what they might do at any one time. The unit aims to position psychology as an essential ingredient in understanding health behaviour. This unit is only available to students who have no undergraduate studies in psychology.
BACH5343 Individual and Societal Ageing

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/wk, 1x1hr tutorial/wk Prohibitions: BACH5041 Assessment: 2000 word essay (40%), tutorial presentation (30%), online activities (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit offers students an insight into the challenges and opportunities associated with population ageing and what is required to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of older people and those who will interact with them. It addresses the social and individual dimensions of ageing, health and well-being and the transitions that occur in later life. There will be an emphasis on the policy and practice implications of an ageing society and the role of various public and private providers (government, health care practitioners, family, voluntary) in providing services and care to older people. Students will be expected to develop a critical understanding of the issues related to ageing and the life course in three specific study areas: 1) Population and social issues; 2) Policies and services; 3) Health promotion and quality of life for older people, their families and carers.
BACH5345 Workplace Health and Safety

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Philip Bohle Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3-hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 2000wd essay (50%) and 1x 2000wd case study (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study presents a multi-disciplinary and critical introduction to the study of health and safety at work. It evaluates the perspectives of the wide range of health, technical and health disciplines that contribute to the field and guides the application of these perspectives to a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the prevention and management of disease and injury. It addresses occupational injury and disease causation; the health and safety of older workers; precarious employment and workplace health and safety; regulation and prevention; workers compensation and rehabilitation; approaches to health and safety management; worker participation and involvement; and case studies of 1) working hours, work-life conflict and health and 2) work-related musculoskeletal injuries.
Quinlan, M., Bohle, P. & Lamm, F. (2010). Managing occupational health and safety: A multidisciplinary approach (3rd Edition). South Yarra: Palgrave Macmillan
BIOS5041 Ageing, Biology and Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Peter Knight Session: Semester 2 Classes: Web-based. No on-campus attendance required Assessment: Two 2000 word essays (100%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit studies human ageing from biological perspectives. The unit is designed to address issues relevant to health care service provision and the promotion of quality of life in ageing. It is not directed at a specific professional group, and addresses issues related to ageing in a generalist way. The emphasis is on understanding the main features of 'normal' ageing or senescence as distinct from disease processes and the contribution of environmental factors to ageing. It has three modules: the first addresses the processes underlying the process of ageing, the second addresses how health service interventions can modify the response to ageing in beneficial and detrimental ways; and the third focuses on the roles of nutrition and exercise in improving the wellbeing of the ageing population.
BIOS5090 Clin. Oriented Musculoskeletal Anatomy A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Darren Reed Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr lectures, 2hr practical-tutorial/week Prohibitions: BIOS1168 Assessment: Mid semester practical exam (30%), end semester practical exam (30%), end semester exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces the basic concepts in musculoskeletal anatomy prior to a more detailed study of the gross anatomical structure of the upper limb and vertebral column as they relate to functional activities. Material will be presented in lectures, practical and tutorial sessions and online. Students will also be expected to undertake some independent learning activities. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.
EXSS5029 Exercise Metabolism and Physiology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Mr Tom Gwinn Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-4-hrs lectures/week, 2-hr practical in selected weeks Assessment: Mid semester exam (25%), practical assignments (15%), end semester exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The subject has a major emphasis on the responses of skeletal muscle metabolism to the acute stress imposed by exercise, and how muscle metabolism is altered by endurance training. Respiratory gas analysis of whole body metabolism is used to investigate muscle metabolism, and students will gain skills in both practical aspects of collection of gas exchange data and in the calculation and interpretation of data in terms of oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production and fuel oxidation. In addition, the acute cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercises are examined and cardiovascular adaptations to training are discussed.
Recent discoveries in the area of molecular signalling pathways are used to integrate topic areas of muscle fatigue, improved endurance capacity following training and the health benefits of regular exercise.
EXSS5050 Human Motor Learning and Control

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Ross Sanders Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr seminars/week Assessment: Essay (25%), oral presentation (25%), written group report (30%), and written exam (20%) Practical field work: Skill training project of 20 hours over 4 weeks Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit takes both a behavioural and a neurophysiological approach to the acquisition and execution of skilled motor actions. These approaches overlap, with the behavioural approach being primarily directed at the structures and processes underlying movement without considering their physical basis, while the neurophysiological approach is primarily directed at the neuromuscular machinery and the functional neural connections that govern movement. The information processing and energetic capacities that underpin motor performance are examined; such as memory, attention, decision-making, movement planning, speed-accuracy trade-off, force control, economy of energy, coordination, multi-task performance, automaticity, lateralisation, sense of effort and resources, as well as expert-novice skill differences. The features of learning that can be manipulated to promote motor learning are also examined, such as learner motivation, methods of instruction, practice and modelling conditions, and types of instructional feedback. The applications to teaching motor skills, coaching and rehabilitation are considered. Finally, and across the unit, ecological and motor program theoretical approaches to motor control learning are integrated. Students will read relevant research and theoretical material and be expected to report and interpret their findings and contribute to class discussion.
HIMT5067 Evidence Based Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mary Lam Session: Semester 1 Classes: 7 online self-directed learning modules, 1 day compulsory workshop (Wk 4), 3x compulsory tutorials (Wk 1, 7 and 10) Assessment: 3x quizzes (15%), written report (25%) and written exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: The three quizzes will be conducted during the workshop and complusory tutorials weeks 7 and 10.
This unit of study will teach students how to critically appraise clinical research pertinent to health professionals and to practice evidence-based decision-making. Self-directed modules address qualitative and quantitative study designs, experiences of therapies, effects of interventions, accuracy of diagnostic tests, prognoses, clinical decision analysis and systematic reviews.
Recommended - Hoffmann, T Bennett, S., & Del Mar C (Eds) (2013) Evidence-Based Practice. Across the Health Professions 2nd Edition, Sydney: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier
HIMT5069 Health Care Systems

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Stephanie Short Session: Semester 1 Classes: Self directed study Prohibitions: HSBH1009 or HSBH3003 Assessment: On-line Test (30%), Academic Poster (40%) and On-line Test (30%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
This unit provides an introduction to health care systems with an emphasis on the Australian health care system. Topics to be studied include Commonwealth, State and Local government responsibilities for health with a particular focus on the structure and organisation of health care, health care financing and the health workforce. The Australian health care system analysed with particular attention to the concepts of effectiveness, efficiency and equity. The unit encourages a critical appraisal of current public policies and health care arrangements within an international context.
Recommended Text: Palmer G R and Short S D (2010) Health Care and Public Policy: An Australian Analysis. Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan
HSBH5001 FHS Abroad

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Dylke Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Full day briefing session, half day debriefing session Assessment: Pre-departure research (30%), field diary (20%), report (40%) and presentation (10%) Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students interested in participating must obtain permission from their course director before enrolling in FHS Abroad.
Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in different countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to gain international experience in a health services setting in a developing country. Students will participate in a 4-6 week health or care placement with a community-based organisation in South or Southeast Asia. Countries where students can be placed include Vietnam, Cambodia, India and The Philippines. As part of the unit, you will be expected to participate in local development programs, live within the community you are visiting, and document and reflect on key health and development issues facing local populations. The unit will require you to demonstrate project management skills, cultural sensitivity and an ability to adapt to new environments, a capacity for critical reflection and awareness of complex global health and development issues.
HSBH5002 FHS Indigenous Communities

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Josephine Gwynn Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr introduction session (to be completed before enrolment), 5x2-hr workshops,1x2-hr debriefing session, and online learning activities Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 1st year units in a graduate entry masters FHS degree Assessment: PPre-fieldwork preparation paper 1000wd (30%), participation and contribution to online learning activities and discussion (10%), Fieldwork critical reflection report (60%) Practical field work: 4-6 weeks working in an Indigenous community Mode of delivery: Field experience
This unit provides theoretical and practical knowledge about relevant models of community development in Aboriginal communities in New South Wales. Students will gain experience in working with Aboriginal communities in a health services setting. Students participate in a 4-6 week placement in a local Aboriginal community. The placement is preceded by cultural awareness training by the FHS partner organisation. Students participate in a community identified development project. Students will document and report on their experiences in working with the local Aboriginal community. Students will be required to demonstrate project management skills including time management and reporting abilities. Students are required to attend briefing and debriefing activities and complete on-line learning activities in addition to their field experience.
HSBH5003 e-Health for Health Professionals

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mary Lam, Dr Melanie Nguyen and Dr Andrew Campbell Session: Semester 1 Classes: online and 4x3-hrs face to face workshops Assessment: Reflective learning journal (20%), e-Health scenario (40%) and e-Health delivery portfolio (40%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
The aim of this unit is to provide future health professionals with a strong foundation in e-Health on which they can make evidence-based decisions. In particular, this unit will provide students with opportunities to examine:
. How technology affects health care in different Australian health contexts
. Ethical issues surrounding e-Health
. Innovations in e-Health
. How emerging technologies affect patient-centred communication between health professionals, and health professionals and their clients/patients
. Strategies for interacting with patients and clients using different technologies
. Strategies for engaging in multi-disciplinary e-Healthcare delivery
. The relationship between technologies, data and the wider information network
Students will develop their skills in a variety of technologies identified as key e-Health skills for clinicians. Students will create an e-Health delivery portfolio to showcase these skills. This unit will also enable students to be lifelong learners by providing them with reflective learning skills. Reflective learning skills are identified as essential for lifelong learning.
HSBH5004 Bodily Senses in Health and Disease

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Tatjana Seizova-Cajic Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures, 1x1-hr tutorial commencing Week 1 , 30min online activities/week Assessment: 1200wd essay (30%), group tutorial activity (20%) and 1hr exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is concerned with the sensory processes that underlie perception of one's own body, its' states and motor action. It aims to develop a broad knowledge about sensory function and an understanding of theory and research approaches. Sensory functioning in both healthy and disease states will be considered. Topics covered include: proprioception or sense of position and movement of body parts, vestibular system or sense of balance and motion relative to gravity, touch, vision, brain plasticity, disorders of sensory processing (agnosias, neglect, chronic pain, phantom limbs, vertigo), pain and recent experimental developments in sensomotor rehabilitation, and alleviation of pain. The unit will also examine the use of technology as an extension of one's impaired body (e.g., brain-computer interface). Tutorial assessment includes in-depth analysis of a topic of your choice and running your own experiments. NB: This unit does not teach about standard treatments taught in the core units of professional courses. You will not be instructed directly what to do with patients, but will gain a broad knowledge that allows you to better understand the complexity of their states. This knowledge will develop your ability to reflect on the current health practice, understand its future developments and personally contribute to them.
HSBH5007 Living with Cancer

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Lynette Mackenzie Session: Semester 1 Classes: online, no on-campus attendance required Prerequisites: 24 credit points of postgraduate level units of study Assumed knowledge: Fieldwork experience, anatomy and physiology Assessment: On-line discussions (20%) Written report (40%), Workbook with short answer questions to cover online learning activities and readings (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
Cancer is a highly prevalent health issue in the community and survival rates are increasing for many cancers. Because of its impact, cancer is also a national health priority and is a key research area at the University. This unit of study will introduce students to a range of issues and topics related to the entire cancer trajectory including prevention, detection, diagnosis, interventions, rehabilitation, survivorship and palliative care. Topics to be covered will include an overview of the pathophysiology of cancer and the medical management of this condition, detection of cancer (imaging), effective rehabilitation interventions and roles of health professionals, long term survivorship issues, communication strategies for people living with cancer and their families, and an overview of services available to support people living with cancer. for the cancer community, including the patient. Key issues that will be addressed include person-centred care informed by current evidence.
OCCP5187 Falls Prevention With Older People

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Lynette MacKenzie Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Assessment: Contribution to online discussions and activities (70%), 2000 word assignment (30%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This subject is designed to explore in depth the evidence base for interventions related to intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for falls in older people. The content will be multifactorial. The unit will also provide an orientation to the conceptual framework and models that underpin falls prevention practice, with an emphasis on community contexts. The written assignment will provide an opportunity to explore and apply relevant theory to a chosen intervention and context in falls prevention.
Clemson L and Swann M, Stepping On: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls. A Community Based Program for Older People (2nd ed), The University of Sydney, Camperdown (2008)
OCCP5235 Stroke Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Margaret McGrath Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Assumed knowledge: Successful completion of 100 hours of fieldwork placement or equivalent. Assessment: 1 x 2000wd written case report (40%) and 1 x 4000wd workbook (60%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Successful completion of 100 hours of fieldwork placement or equivalent.
This unit provides the opportunity for health professionals from any background to increase their knowledge and experience of stroke rehabilitation. The aim of this unit is to develop student understanding of the long-term nature of stroke recovery and rehabilitation after stroke. Topics will include stroke epidemiology, brain plasticity, person-centred goal setting, mobility, travel and driving, upper limb and cognitive retraining, communication, mood changes and self-management. Different modes of service delivery will be explored including telehealth. Students will collaborate with a stroke survivor in the community during the semester, and assist that person to set, and work towards achievement of, personal goals.
REHB5068 Public Offenders: Aspects of Rehab

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rodd Rothwell Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online Prohibitions: REHB5016, REHB3062 Assessment: Mid-semester online exam (20%), essay 1200wd (40%), End semester online exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
This unit introduces students to issues relating to the management of public offenders for both adults of young offenders. Students will consider the major theories of criminality and their implications for rehabilitation in correctional settings. They will examine and comment on the different approaches to males/females/young offenders. Attention will be paid to incarceration policy and issues relating to those with mental health problems and with problems of addiction. Students will also be introduced to the range of correctional alternatives within and outside jails, e.g., community service options, weekend jail, work release and probation and parole, etc. In addition, students will examine the role of professionals in and out of jails. They will examine and assess the role of health professionals in the area of addiction, mental health, and HIV counselling within the jail system and the ethical issues surrounding these services. Also covered will be the role of health service professionals working with offenders in non-jail programs: e.g., probation and parole, community service and civil rehabilitation.

Faculty research electives

BACH5068 Statistics for Clinical Research

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rob Heard Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Off-campus Assessment: 4xwritten assignments, descriptive statistics (10%), inferential statistics 1 (25%), inferential statistics 2 (25%), regression and non-parametrics statistics (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Students must have access to a PC to load and use the statistics packages SAS or SPSS
This unit introduces students to basic statistical principles relevant to the manipulation and analysis of clinical data. Students will be exposed to concepts of sampling, distributions of scores, summaries of data, and treatment of categorical and quantitative data. This last topic will include chi square analysis, calculation of confidence intervals, tests for differences in the locations of samples (including t-tests and tests for non-normally distributed data), correlation and regression, sample size estimation and an introduction to survival analysis. It is expected that at the conclusion of the unit students will be able to: appraise published statistical analyses; perform simple statistical tests by hand and with the assistance of a computer package SAS or SPSS; and present statistical data.
Various recommended texts on introductory statistics
BACH5255 Qualitative Research Methods

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sophie Lewis Session: Semester 2 Classes: online delivery (no attendance). Assessment: 1x2000wd essay based on contributions to discussion board about research methodology (40%) and 1x4,000wd essay draft research proposal (60%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
This unit focuses on qualitative research methodologies, including the disciplinary traditions that contribute to qualitative methodologies and the construction of knowledge using qualitative methods. The implications of methodology for research design will be examined, as will approaches to data collection and analysis. Activities to build skills in research design, data collection and data analysis will be included. Students will work on a research project of their choice throughout the semester.
BACH5341 Research and Inquiry in Health Professions

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Tatjana Seizova-Cajic Session: Semester 2 Classes: Distance mode (students must have access to the internet): 3hr group on-campus consultations (optional) Prohibitions: BACH3126 or BACH4047 or BACH5268 or DHSC7002 or DHSC7005 Assessment: 3x online quizzes (40%), literature review (10%), draft proposal (10%), final proposal (40%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
This unit provides an overview of the research process and focuses on the formulation of a proposal for a small research project. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about (or update their knowledge of) research methods at the introductory level and acts as an introduction to the research electives which concentrate on a particular methodology or aspect of the research process. Students explore quantitative and qualitative approaches to research with their own specific research question in mind. Basic research designs are considered (including interview, observation, longitudinal and cross-sectional designs, experiment, single case study, survey) together with their suitability for investigating different types of research questions. Students also learn about ethics in research, sampling, validity and reliability of measures and descriptive statistics.
Portney, LG & Watkins, MP / Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice (3rd ed), /2009/
OCCP5145 Research Elective Independent Study

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Lynette Mackenzie Session: Semester 1 Classes: Independent learning Prerequisites: OCCP5207 Assessment: written assignment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students will undertake a supervised research project in an area relevant to the discipline of occupational therapy. This unit is designed to assist students with the development and completion of an independent research study usually in the form of a structured / focused literature review on a specific topic. Students will develop an understanding of the strengths of different evidence relating to their topic and will develop their skills in critical review. Students will effectively communicate the aims, methods, findings and implications of their project in a written assignment.
Course notes and readings provided dependent on the research topic