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MBHT5001: Diabetes Management

Semester 1, 2024 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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,
Lecturer(s) Stephen Twigg,
Victoria Rudland,
Tutor(s) Thora Chai,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
Final Exam
30% Formal exam period 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Online task Formative Quizzes
0% Multiple weeks 30 minutes per quiz
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Case Discussion 1
Case Study
15% Week 04
Due date: 17 Mar 2024 at 23:59
1 primary response and 2 peer replies
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Case Discussion 2
Case Study
15% Week 08
Due date: 21 Apr 2024 at 23:59
1 primary response and 2 peer replies
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Participation Unit of Study Discussion forum
Forum Contributions
10% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2024 at 23:59
Minimum 4 posts
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Literature Review
30% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2024 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9

Assessment summary

  • Case discussions: Students are to detail what they see as the main priorities for the initial assessment and management for each case provided. 
  • Literature review: Students are to write an essay based on one of the listed topics. 
  • Final exam: The final graded exam will take place during the formal examination period. The final exam is a graded, fully invigilated exam conducted via Canvas with the help of an online proctor. 
  • Unit of Study Discussion Forum: students are required to participate in the Unit of Study Discussion forum.
  • Formative quizzes: Each topic in the unit of study includes a quiz comprising of multiple choice questions. The quizzes are
    formative and do not contribute to the weighted assessments for the unit.

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.

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.

Support for students

The Support for Students Policy 2023 reflects the University’s commitment to supporting students in their academic journey and making the University safe for students. It is important that you read and understand this policy so that you are familiar with the range of support services available to you and understand how to engage with them.

The University uses email as its primary source of communication with students who need support under the Support for Students Policy 2023. Make sure you check your University email regularly and respond to any communications received from the University.

Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

If you are having difficulties completing your studies, or are feeling unsure about your progress, we are here to help. You can access the support services offered by the University at any time:

Support and Services (including health and wellbeing services, financial support and learning support)
Course planning and administration
Meet with an Academic Adviser

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Module 1.1: Defining, Diagnosing and Classifying Diabetes Online class (10 hr) LO1
Week 02 Module 1.2: Prediabetes and Diabetes Prevention Online class (10 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 03 Module 2.1: Overview of Diabetes Management Online class (10 hr) LO4
Week 04 Module 2.2: Lifestyle Management in Diabetes Online class (10 hr) LO4
Week 05 Module 2.3: Weight Management in Diabetes Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 3.1: Non-Insulin Treatments for Diabetes Online class (10 hr) LO4
Week 07 Module 3.2: Insulin Treatments for Diabetes Online class (10 hr) LO4
Week 08 Module 4.1: Diabetes Emergencies Online class (10 hr) LO7
Week 09 Module 4.2: Inpatient and Sick Day Diabetes Management Online class (10 hr) LO6
Week 10 Module 4.3: Macrovascular Complications in Diabetes Online class (10 hr) LO8
Week 11 Module 4.4: Microvascular Complications in Diabetes Online class (10 hr) LO8
Week 12 Module 5.1: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Online class (10 hr) LO9
Week 13 Module 5.2: Diabetes Management in the Elderly, Rural and Remote, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations Online class (10 hr) LO9

Attendance and class requirements

  • 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

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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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