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JCU Inherent Requirements for Master of Biomedical Sciences (75004), Graduate Certificate of Biomedical Sciences (75011), Graduate Diploma of Biomedical Sciences (105106), Graduate Diploma of Medical Science (116107) and Master of Medical Science (117204)
JCU is committed to enhancing students' access, participation and success in higher education and embracing the diversity of the communities we serve. We strongly support the rights of individuals who wish to pursue a degree to achieve their potential personal and professional career objectives. This document is designed to assist students and potential students to make informed decisions for study and access to services and to guide further discussions based on a clear understating of the inherent course requirements.
Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree.
Reasonable adjustments may be implemented to assist you manage additional circumstances impacting on your studies provided these do not fundamentally change academic integrity of a degree.
Are inherent requirements different to admissions and academic requirements?
Each degree has a number of admissions and academic requirements which must be met prior to being able to enrol in or graduate from the degree. Admissions and academic requirements can be found at the following links:
Students with a disability or health condition
In many cases, studying with health conditions or disabilities will not impact on your studies. Many students with disabilities or other impacting circumstances that impact on their studies, have successfully completed their university studies, with and without reasonable adjustments made to their learning conditions.
Students with a disability or health condition, or other circumstances such as cultural or religious considerations, can discuss their circumstances and potential needs for reasonably adjusted learning conditions with university staff including the Course Coordinator or AccessAbility Services.
It is highly recommended that you discuss your circumstances with JCU staff as early as possible as reduced time-frames may impact significantly on the adjustments that are possible. For students with a disability or health condition, AccessAbility Services provides an experienced reference point, facilitates reasonable adjustments made, and assists students to develop the strategies to realise their capabilities. The University has no requirement to adjust for conditions that it is not aware of. Disclosure is required for any circumstances that pose a health or safety risk to yourself or others.
JCU is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their course. Reasonable adjustments could be made to how curricula is delivered, clinical placements are conducted, and the way in which learning outcomes are achieved, demonstrated or assessed. Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course, and may or may not be sufficient in themselves to assist students to meet these requirements.
Reading the Inherent Requirements Statements
Inherent requirements are divided into domains and sub-domains and contain the following information:
- Introduction to the inherent requirement
- A rationale as to why it is an inherent requirement
- Examples of things you must be able to demonstrate, or have the ability to acquire and demonstrate during the course of your degree. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.
If you are intending to enrol in any of the following postgraduate degrees, you should read this document in conjunction with the course handbook.
- Graduate Diploma of Medical Science
- Master of Medical Science
You should carefully consider the inherent requirement statements below as a guide for your learning during the course, and as a way to identify early possible challenges you may have in meeting these requirements. If you remain interested or engaged in the course, you should discuss your concerns with the College staff such as the Course Coordinator as soon as possible. If the challenges are related to your disability or health condition contact AccessAbility Services to discuss possible strategies and reasonable adjustments.
If the inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, University staff can provide guidance regarding other study options.
Please note reasonable adjustments must:
- Be consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements, and not compromise codes, guidelines and policies
- Not result in unethical or unprofessional behaviour
- Meet the necessary standards of timeliness, accuracy and functional effectiveness to ensure that self and patient care, treatment or safety is not compromised
- Address the need to perform the full range of tasks involved in clinical practice, including undertaking learning activities in mixed gender environments, which reflect the Australian context, and
- Ensure that performance is consistent and sustained over a given period.
Compliance with Australian Law and professional regulations.
Knowledge, understanding, and compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements are necessary pre-requisites to clinical/professional placements in order to reduce the risk of harm to self and others; compliance with these professional regulations and the Australian Law ensures students are both responsible and accountable for their practice.
Ethical and professional behaviour
Ethical & professional behaviour in academic and clinical/professional environments
Compliance with standards, codes, guidelines and policies facilitates safe, competent interactions and relationships for students and the people they engage with. This supports the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being of all.
Compliance with workplace health and safety requirements, infection control procedures and conduct within scope of practice.
Compliance with workplace health and safety and vaccination requirements and conduct within current scope of practice, are required to provide safe environments for students, staff and others.
Knowledge and cognitive skills
Knowledge acquisition and effective cognitive skills.
Knowledge acquisition and effective cognitive skills are essential to provide safe and effective delivery of care/practice.
Awareness of own thinking, and skills to reflect, evaluate, adapt and implement new cognitive strategies for improved learning, health care and professional practice.
Understanding and ongoing learning about oneself as an instrument in health care is required for safe and effective health care and veterinary services.
Competent literacy skills.
Competent literacy skills are essential to provide safe and effective delivery of care/practice.
Competent and accurate numeracy skills.
Competent and accurate numeracy skills are essential for safe and effective care/practice.
Effective verbal communication in English.
Effective verbal communication, in English, is required to provide safe and effective delivery of care/practice.
Effective non-verbal communication.
The ability to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues is essential for safe and effective care; consistent and appropriate awareness of own behaviours; sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.
Effective written communication in English
Effective written communication, in English, is required to provide safe and effective delivery of care/practice.
Adequate visual acuity.
Adequate visual acuity is required to provide safe and effective practice.
Adequate auditory ability
Adequate auditory ability is required to provide safe and effective practice
Adequate tactile ability
Adequate tactile ability is required to provide safe and effective practice
Adequate strength, endurance, mobility and gross motor skills
Adequate strength, endurance, mobility and gross motor skills are required to provide safe and effective practice.
Adequate manual dexterity and fine motor skills
Adequate manual dexterity and fine motor skills are required to provide safe and effective practice
Adequate physical and mental performance at a consistent and sustained level.
Physical and mental performance at a consistent and sustained level is required to provide safe and effective practice.
Behaviour that adapts to changing situations sufficiently to maintain safe and complete health care, and instigates self-care consistent with professional expectations.
Behavioural adaptation is required to manage personal emotional responses as an individual and within teams in changing and unpredictable environments, including emergency situations and times of human and animal distress. Students will also be required to adapt their behaviour appropriately during times of additional stressors in their own lives, whether this adaptation involves ways of continuing to engage with their role or withdrawing for self-care for a period.