Preparing for Health Science Workshop

13 – 16 February 2018 City East Campus 

This four-day workshop is designed to smooth the transition to university studies for students about to commence any of the UniSA health science undergraduate programs 

First year incoming Division of Health Science students:

  • Would you like a head-start to university in the health sciences field?
  • Has it been some time since you last studied?
  • Have you not studied a science subject in year 11 or 12?
  • Would you like to improve your understanding of medical/scientific concepts?
  • Do you need help in understanding medical terminology?
  • Are you anxious about studying the science component of your enrolled program?
  • Is English your second language?

Also, prior to starting your degree, would you like to:

  • Experience live lectures and hands-on experiments in science laboratories?
  • Work through the human anatomical models/specimens?
  • Meet fellow students and staff members prior to starting of university?
  • Experience Unilife and get familiar with university campus?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, the Preparing for Health Science workshop can help you understand key scientific concepts before beginning your degree.
This optional, four-day workshop is designed to smooth the transition to university studies for students about to commence any of the following UniSA health science undergraduate programs:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing (Internal and External)
  • Midwifery (Internal and External)
  • Medical Sciences
  • Podiatry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Radiation
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Health Science
  • Human Movement
  • Exercise and Sports Science

Download the Timetable

Register Online  or download the  Registration Form

Email Jyothi.Thalluri@unisa.edu.au for more information about this workshop.


Workshop content

The Preparing for Health Science workshop consists of a series of lectures and activities to introduce basic scientific ideas that will feature in your program. Topics covered include:

  • Study skills
  • Academic writing skills
  • Relevant biology / chemistry / physics – explanations and demonstration of difficult core concepts
  • Medical terminology – making medical terms easier to learn & remember
  • Human body organisation 
  • Body systems, how they work and interact with each other
  • Essential physiological concepts including homeostasis
  • Basics of human anatomy – hands-on experience. Learn with models and real human specimens

Outcomes:

  • Learn important assumed and foundational knowledge to undertake health sciences degree
  • Gain confidence in approaching science subjects
  • Experience lectures and laboratory activities
  • Meet other students with similar interests/background
  • Meet some of your Course Coordinators, Program Directors and Students Advisors
  • Become familiar with the University campus and its facilities
  • Experience Unilife

Watch the video

 


Fee information

Fee: $385 (GST free) including printed handouts and lunch each day.
General enquiries: phone (08) 8302 2368 or 8302 2391
Further information: Dr. Jyothi Thalluri (Co-ordinator)
Email: Jyothi.thalluri@unisa.edu.au 

 


Registration form

Receipts of payment are not sent out by post. They can be collected on the first day of the workshop. 

Register Online  or download the  Registration Form

Lunch is provided daily.

Students registering for Preparing for Health Sciences Workshop on the first day
Professor Robert Vink, Pro Vice Chancellor Health Sciences, welcoming students
Dr. Jyothi Thalluri, founder and coordinator of the workshop, delivering the lecture
Students doing a group activity in the physiology laborotory
Using the human model, students identify the internal organs of the body
Human models in the Anatomy Lab
Human skeleton in the Anatomy Lab
Anatomical models in the Anatomy Lab
Human pathology museum

 


Frequently asked questions

  1. What is the aim of this course?
  2. Is this course compulsory?
  3. Who should attend this course?
  4. I have done year 12 Biology. Is it still useful to enrol in this course?
  5. What topics will this course cover?
  6. When is this course conducted and how long is it?
  7. Where is this course conducted?
  8. Who are the staff involved in the teaching ‘Preparing for Health Sciences’ workshop?
  9. How do I enrol?
  10. Can I enrol in part of the course?
  11. Can I get more information on how attending this workshop may be useful for new incoming health science students? 
  12. I live too far away from Adelaide and cannot attend the course; can you please send me the printed material?
  13. Are there practical sessions in the course?
  14. Will I be placed with students who will be undertaking the same program as me?
  15. Is there an exam at the end of the workshop?
  16. What is the deadline to enrol?
  17. Are late registrations accepted?
  18. Do I need to buy a textbook for this course?
  19. Do I receive a notification about my enrolment confirmation?
  20. Do I receive the receipt for the payment in mail?
  21. After enrolling for the course, if I am not able to attend, will I get my money back?
  22. How much does it cost?
  23. What do I bring?
  24. I am from the country/interstate do you provide accommodation?
  25. Who should I contact for more information?
  26. Can I access some of the past students' comments?

  1. What is the aim of this course?
    The Preparing for Health Science workshop is designed to help all incoming UniSA health sciences students, particularly those who have little or no background in biology, chemistry or physics. It aims to provide the necessary foundation knowledge, and help students develop a confident approach towards science subjects. The workshop will give you confidence and provide you with a head-start in understanding your course material.
      
  2. Is this course compulsory?
    No
  3. Who should attend this course?
    You are likely to benefit most if you are:
    • a school leaver and have not studied science subjects in Year 12 
    • a mature-age student who has not been in the education system for a long period of time
    • haven't studied sciences for a long time
    • anxious and not confident undertaking/studying science subjects
    • from non-English speaking background
    This workshop will provide the necessary foundation knowledge, and help students develop a confident approach towards science subjects.

  4. I have done Year 12 Biology. Is it still useful to enrol in this course?
    Students who have not done science subjects in Year 12 benefit most. However, others also may find it beneficial, as this course material relates and integrates to Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Pathophysiology (disease process).
    One past student commented: "Even though students may have done Year 11 and 12 Biology, I don't think that the school course covers half of what this course did."  
  5. What topics will this course cover?
    The workshop consists of a series of lectures and activities to introduce basic scientific ideas that will feature in your program.
    Topics include:
    • Study skills
    • Academic writing skills
    • An overview of human body organisation
    • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology
    • Basics of Bilological and Physical sciences as they relate to the human body
    • How body systems work and how they interact with each other
    • Homeostasis
    • Basic physiological concepts
  6. When is this course conducted and how long is it?
    This is a four-day course conducted in mid February (one week prior to Orientation week) between 9.30am to 4.00pm each day. (Please note that you are required to be present at 9am on the first day).
  7. Where is this course conducted?
    University of South Australia, City East Campus, Frome Road. The initial meeting point is room H2-02 in the Hetzel building.
  8. City East campus map
     
  9. Who are the staff involved in the teaching ‘Preparing for Health Sciences’ workshop?
    The staff who are involved in teaching in the workshop include: Coordinators and Course instructors of Biosciences, Human Anatomy and Physiology courses and Study Advisors.
     
  10. How do I enrol?
    Register Online or Download and complete the registration form and:
    Email Dr Jyothi Thalluri: jyothi.thalluri@unisa.edu.au 
    or pay the fee in person at Campus Central Office, Level 3, Playford Building, City East Campus 
    or fax the form with credit card details to 08 8302 2389 (international: + 61 8 8302 2389) 
    or mail the form with a money order, cheque or credit details to: Campus Central City East, Level 3 Playford Building, University of SA, Adelaide SA 5001.  

  11. Can I enrol in part of the course?
    No. There is no part or day registration available.

  12. Can I get more information on how attending this workshop may be useful for new incoming health science students? 
    Please read the article Bridging the gap to first year health science: Early engagement enhances student satisfaction and success’.  
      
  13. I live too far away from Adelaide and cannot attend the course; can you please send me the printed material?
    This course material is designed to be delivered face-to-face, on-campus as an internal mode. There is little use for you if you receive the printed material only. However, if you are unable to attend the workshop (part/full), please contact workshop coordinator, Dr Jyothi Thalluri; she will suggest an alternate arrangement.
     
  14. Are there practical sessions in this course?
    Yes, you will spend sometime in the Anatomy and physiology laboratory doing interesting and relevant practicals including clinical measurements. You will also visit Anatomy lab and human pathology museum (see photos). 
     
  15. Will I be placed with students who will be undertaking the same program as me?
    Yes, in the workshop you will be grouped with students who will be undertaking the same program as you, so you will have the opportunity to make friends and meet some of the teaching staff.
  16. Is there an exam at the end of the workshop?
    No, there is no exam but there will be an informal self-assessment test towards the end of the course. This test is marked and returned to you to provide you with feedback. This test is for you to identify where your weaknesses are, and also to know how much knowledge you have gained during the four days of the course.
     
  17. What is the deadline to enrol?
    Wednesday 7 February 2018, except for students receiving an offer in February.
  18. Are late registrations accepted?
    As places are limited, we may not be able to accept registrations after the deadline. However, if there are places available, we may be able to accept late registrations without penalty.
  19. Do I need to buy a textbook for this course?
    There is no set textbook for this course. However, there is a useful textbook you may like to consider buying: Garrett, L.K.; Get ready for A & P. Pearson Benjamin Cummings. Approximate cost $40. Student discount may be available.  
  20. Do I receive a notification about my enrolment confirmation?
    Yes, you will receive an email confirming your enrolment. All communication through email only. Please include your current email address (University email address preferred) in your registration form. Please check your emails regularly and also make sure that your email box is not full.  
  21. Do I receive the receipt for the payment in mail?
    If registered online, receipt will be emailed to you immediately. For paper based registrations, we will not mail out the receipts to you but we will give out the receipts at the time of the registration on the morning of the first day of the course.
  22. After enrolling for the course, if I am not able to attend, will I get my money back?
    If advised in writing (example via email) before starting of the workshop, administration fee of ~$10 will be deducted and the rest of the amount will be refunded. No refund can be made after commencement of the workshop.
  23. How much does it cost?
    Workshop fee is $385 (GST free) for four days.
  24. What do I bring?
    Laptop/iPad or a pen and a writing pad.
  25. I am from the country/interstate, do you provide accommodation?
    No, we don't provide accommodation to students, however, there may be some places available at St Ann's College. You can contact them directly on (08) 8267 1478. Student discount price approximately $50-$60 per night. For further information click here
     
  26. Who should I contact for more information?
    General enquiries: phone 08 8302 2368 or 08 8302 2391 or 0421 791 959 For further information email Dr Jyothi Thalluri (Jyothi.Thalluri@unisa.edu.au)  
  27. Can I access some of the past students' comments?  

     'Although they were an intensive past four days, I feel that this course has been invaluable. I am so pleased that I attended. Thank you'

    'It was very helpful. I would recommend it to any student interested in succeeding'

    'The medical terminology, structure of the body and chemistry will really help any health sciences student get a head start into their chosen degree' The focus on medical terminology was fantastic and helped me a great deal.

    ‘I just loved the program directors and all the teaching staff; they all were great teachers along with that great persons too. It really helped me in clearing my doubts and raising my interest in the subject’

    ‘I have learnt so much and feel a lot more confident with my studies at UniSA’‘Making friends in the program and networking with others in other programs’.

    ‘I enjoyed relaxing and speaking casually to others including staff about their lives, their careers in Health Sciences’.

    ‘Strengths – making friends, I recommend this to anyone starting uni. Thank you, it has helped me tremendously. I am less anxious’.

    ‘I’m sure I would have backed out of the program within a few weeks … had I not undertaken the workshop.’;

    ‘The workshop was fantastic and reduced a lot of my fears to do with starting university’, ‘Eye opener’

    ‘Lunches gave the opportunity to network.…with fellow students…and gave the opportunity to talk to the program directors... they gave us …introduction about what to expect in the course as well as encouraging words’

    ‘I cannot thank you enough ….because of workshop, I am still here. As someone who has not done chem/bio in nearly 20 years, I got a HD in my first Biology exam.’

    ‘This workshop really expanded all aspects of university and not only broadened my knowledge but taught me the social and interactive aspects as well’

    ‘It was amazing experience seeing real human specimens in the pathology museum’

    ‘The study skills topic presented was fantastic’

    ‘The hands on practicals were excellent; viewing the human organs in the Pathology museum was an incredible experience in my life!’

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