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MBHT5001: Diabetes Management

Semester 1, 2021 [Distance education/intensive on campus] - Remote

This highly clinically based and practical unit of study is specifically ideal for clinicians looking to develop, update and advance their diabetes management skills. You will learn how to effectively manage diabetes mellitus. Current evidence and concepts in epidemiology, classification, pathogenesis and screening for diabetes and its complications will be addressed. The focus is on patient­centred management of diabetes, including patient engagement, lifestyle interventions, bariatric surgery, medication options and regimens, new technology and monitoring. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as prediabetes and diabetes in pregnancy will be explored with a personalised, case­based approach. Different health care delivery methods in diabetes and team based approaches to care will be discussed.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MBHT5001
Academic unit Metabolic Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

This unit of study is recommended for medical graduates, as well as nursing or allied health graduates with a minimum of 12 months clinical experience.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Victoria Rudland,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Live+ supervised) Type A final exam Final Exam
30% Formal exam period 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Participation Post-Workshop Discussion
Forum contribution
0% Formal exam period Forum post
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Case Discussions
Case study x 3
30% Multiple weeks 500 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Small test Graded Quizzes
10% Multiple weeks 30 minutes per quiz
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation UoS Discussion Forum
Forum contributions
10% Multiple weeks Minimum of 4 posts
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Workshop and webinar attendance
Students are required to participate by attending or viewing recordings.
0% Multiple weeks 1 x 3hr workshop, 3 x 1.5hr webinars
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Literature Review
20% Week 13 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Type A final exam = Type A final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Case discussions: Students are to detail what they see as the main priorities for the initial assessment and management for each of the 3 cases provided. Answers should be based upon an understanding of the case and on the relevant literature. Students’ work should be referenced by a minimum of 5 key citations sourced from current medical literature.
  • Literature review: Students are to write an essay based on one of the listed topics. The work must be referenced by a minimum of 15 key citations from the medical literature.
  • Graded quizzes: Each topic in the unit of study includes a quiz comprising 5-8 multiple choice questions. These quizzes are designed to provide you with feedback on learning and highlight gaps in student knowledge. Quizzes are timed for 30 minutes and can only be attempted once. Students are recommended to attempt the quizzes weekly.
  • Final exam: The final graded exam will take place during the formal examination period- the exact date will be communicated at a later date. The final exam is a graded, fully invigilated exam conducted via Canvas with the help of an online proctor. This exam is comprised of 45 multiple choice questions.
  • UOS Discussion Forum Participation: students are required to participate in the Unit of Study Discussion forum. A minimum of 4 discussion board posts, per student, is required.
  • Post-workshop Discussion: participation in the post-workshop discussion is compulsory. Students are required to answer a question specifically related to the workshop content on a discussion board thread.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Please note: for this unit of study (MBHT5001) the late submission penalty will be 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date for 5 calendar days only. This is to ensure that timely feedback is provided to students. If the assessment is submitted more than 5 calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Module 1.1: defining, diagnosing and classifying diabetes mellitus Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 1.2: screening for and prevention of diabetes and managing prediabetes Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Module 2.1: diabetes management overview Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Module 2.2: lifestyle management in diabetes Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Module 3.1: anti-hyperglycaemic medications in diabetes (non-insulin) Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 3.2: anti-hyperglycaemic medications in diabetes (insulin) Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Module 3.3: other medications and multimodal treatments in diabetes management Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Module 4.1: screening for complications in diabetes Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Module 4.2: acute complications in diabetes Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module 4.3: macrovascular complications in diabetes Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Module 4.4: microvascular complications in diabetes Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module 5.1: diabetes in pregnancy Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module 5.2: diabetes care in specific populations and settings Online class (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Workshop Attendance: It is compulsory that the online workshop be attended or viewed online by download. The workshop will be run online and attendance is strongly encouraged.
  • Webinar Attendance: Participation in the online webinars is compulsory. Students are required to attend or view the webinar recordings available online after each session.
  • Required materials: The following equipment is required in order to take the final exam: a desktop computer or laptop (not tablet), a webcam and microphone, an internet connection speed of at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload speed and a browser with pop-up blocker disabled (Chrome is recommended).

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. define, diagnose and classify diabetes mellitus
  • LO2. screen for and know how to prevent diabetes
  • LO3. understand and manage pre-diabetes
  • LO4. understand how to approach diabetes assessment and management including through patient engagement, education, lifestyle change and anti-hyperglycaemic medications
  • LO5. understand the role of bariatric surgery in diabetes prevention and management
  • LO6. know how to prevent and identify and manage acute complications in diabetes
  • LO7. know which co-morbidities are common in diabetes and when/how to screen for them
  • LO8. know how to prevent and identify and manage macrovascular, microvascular and other complications in diabetes
  • LO9. understand the issues when assessing and managing diabetes in specific populations and settings, particularly in pregnancy.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

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Work, health and safety

We are governed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and Codes of Practice. Penalties for non-compliance have increased. Everyone has a responsibility for health and safety at work. The University’s Work Health and Safety policy explains the responsibilities and expectations of workers and others, and the procedures for managing WHS risks associated with University activities.

General Laboratory Safety Rules

  • No eating or drinking is allowed in any laboratory under any circumstances

  • A laboratory coat and closed-toe shoes are mandatory

  • Follow safety instructions in your manual and posted in laboratories

  • In case of fire, follow instructions posted outside the laboratory door

  • First aid kits, eye wash and fire extinguishers are located in or immediately outside each laboratory

  • As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that you have a current tetanus immunisation. This can be obtained from University Health Service:


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