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INFO5003: Information Technology for Health Professionals (2014 - Summer Late)

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Unit: INFO5003: Information Technology for Health Professionals (6 CP)
Mode: Block Mode
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Poon, Josiah
A/Prof Poon, Simon
Dr Loy, Clement
Session options: Summer Late
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Information technologies (IT) and systems have emerged as the primary platform to support communication, collaboration, research, decision making, and problem solving in contemporary health organisations. The essential necessity for students to acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills for applying IT effectively for a wide range of tasks is widely recognised. This is an introductory unit of study which prepares students in the Health discipline to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to be competent in the use of information technology for solving a variety of problems. The main focus of this unit is on modelling and problem solving through the effective use of using IT. Students will learn how to navigate independently to solve their problems on their own, and to be capable of fully applying the power of IT tools in the service of their goals in their own health domains while not losing sight of the fundamental concepts of computing.

Students are taught core skills related to general purpose computing involving a range of software tools such as spreadsheets, database management systems, internet search engine. Students will undertake practical tasks including scripting languages and building a small scale application for managing information. In addition, the course will address the issues arising from the wide-spread use of information technology in a variety of Health area.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Timetable: INFO5003 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 6.00 2 3
2 Laboratory 6.00 2 3
3 Independent Study 12.00 3
4 Project Work - own time 6.00 3

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Familiarisation with general principles and practices of the IT discipline and develops basic skills in program design and conceptual modelling. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
1. Understanding of modern concepts, principles and practical approaches to using information technology in health area.
2. Ability to analyse, translate and solve a health problem through the designing and developing application by effective use of internet search tools, spreadsheet, databases and other standard software packages.
3. Ability to develop on-line application using simple scripting language.
4. Ability to develop simple conceptual data models and manage data using appropriate DBMS software.
5. Ability to develop models and implement models using tools, e.g. Microsoft Excel.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Lab Skills Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 5,
3 Final Exam No 50.00 Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Lab Skills: Students have to do the Lab Book exercises through out the whole semester (w3-12).

Assignment: It is project to help students integrate and apply analytic skill and database knowledge.
Policies & Procedures: IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of IT may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.

Other policies

See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Note on Resources: Students are expected to purchase a guided learning workbook developed for this unit of study.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Days 1, 2 and 3 (First Block conducted in week 1 of summer semester)

Day 1:

Introduction to HTML

UI Design and CSS

Day 2:



Case: Design for online Health Application

Day 3: Database

Inrtroduction to Data Modelling

Tables and Queries

Forms and reports
Week 2 Days 3, 4 and 5 (Second teaching block conducted in week 2 of summer semester)

Day 4: Electronic Health Records

Design and implement of a database for health records

Day 5: Spreadsheet modelling

Scenarios, Forecasting and statistically analysis

Day 6: Spreading modellng

Week 4 Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

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Course Year(s) Offered

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 100%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.