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SURG5017: Microsurgery

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal evening] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The course will deliver focused sessions on applied Microsurgical anatomy, and practical training in Microsurgery - Micro vascular and micro neural techniques. Real time demonstrations, Video, other visual and printed material will be used to aid teaching and to supplement the 'eyes on scope' sessions. Sessions will comprise of brief lecture, demonstration of techniques to be developed in the class, followed by supervised Microsurgical practice with set objectives and standards. Students will keep a detailed log book and present a discussion paper on an element of Microsurgery they find challenging or stimulating.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SURG5017
Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Bernard Schick, bernard.schick@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Written Assignment
Discussion Paper
20% Week 06 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Skills-based evaluation Log Book
Pictorial and Written Log Book
20% Week 09 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Participation
Tutorial and practicals participation
20% Weekly n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Skills-based evaluation Technical Competence
Lab Evaluations
40% Weekly n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

  • Participation: To be awarded the full 20%, students must attend all sessions, submit written work and participate in the practical sessions.
  • Technical competence: Based on the completion of online quizzes on animal ethics and lab safety, and skills exhibited during practical sessions
  • Log Book: Students will need to produce a pictorial and written logbook documentation of their developing techniques in microsurgery
  • Written Assignment: Students are required to discuss a paper pertinent to the application of microsurgical techniques to their specialty area.

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

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

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

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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 (SURG5017) 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

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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 Introduction to microsurgery technology, anatomy and instrumentation Science laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 02 End to end anastomosis Science laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 03 End to side anastomosis Science laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 04 Silicon tube anastomosis and Chicken Maryland preparation demonstration Science laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 05 Chicken Maryland preparation Science laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 06 End to side review and Nerve repair history and practical demonstration Science laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 07 Animal care instruction. Science laboratory (2.5 hr)  
Week 08 Rat preparation/anaesthesia and humane care Science laboratory (2.5 hr)  
Week 09 Review Science laboratory (2.5 hr)  

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. Demonstrate an understanding of Microsurgery techniques
  • LO2. Demonstrate proficiency in microvascular anastomosis; including end to end, end to side, and vessel graft techniques
  • LO3. Demonstrate proficiency in microneural anastmosis, including nerve graft techniques
  • LO4. Identify the key learning issues in microsurgical procedures
  • LO5. Demonstrate proficiency in completing patent vessel anastmosis in laboratory animals
  • LO6. Satisfactorily complete a viable free tissue transfer procedure

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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