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This announcement was made available on AUT Blackboard on Friday 17 April.

 

Revised semester plan

Revised plan for academic assessment- Anaesthetic Technology

17th April 2020

I trust you are all well and are balancing the complexities that COVID-19 has brought with the resumption of something close to normal life. As we enter our final week of the mid-semester break, I would like to outline the following in relation to the Anaesthetic Technology programme.

Generic update

  • The semester will resume on Monday 27thApril.
  • The semester will end on Monday 15thJune.
  • Semester two will commence on 20thJuly.
  • The implementation of a ‘block teaching and learning’ initiative which was announced by AUT previously, has been rescinded.
  • Academic assessment components have been revised due to the implications which COVID-19 and the subsequent Alert Level statuses have had on universities nationwide. What this means for each individual paper is outlined below. Of note, subsequent planning is in-line with an AUT directive that there are to only be two academic assessments per paper, of which, none may be formal written exams.
    • There will be no mid-semester test for the three Anaesthesia theory papers.
    • There will be no end-of-semester exam for the three Anaesthesia theory papers.
    • For specific details for each paper, please see below.
  • Reminder for students to engage with the worksheets and online content, as content covered within these Anaesthesia theory papers will be applicable to knowledge as a competent practitioner, Anaesthetic Technology exams and registration exams.

In-hospital formal teaching

  • AUT guidelines recommend that students are to be allocated 3-4 hours of formal study time per week per Anaesthesia theory paper.
  • Self-directed study time is appropriate where formal teaching may not occur due to the prevailing Alert Level status. This will need to be managed in-house on a case-by-case basis as each location will be able to facilitate teaching differently.
  • Consider video technology where applicable.
  • Students have a large amount of content within the Anaesthesia papers in comparison to previous years, which will serve as guidance for self-directed study in the absence of formal in-house education.

Anaesthetic Technology logbooks

  • Each hospital is responsible for the action taken on whether students are to attend their place of work or not.
  • Minimising clinical hours during this time will have implications for those enrolled within Anaesthetic Technology 1 and 2 and the completion of student logbooks.
  • Where students are instructed to stay at home, replacing clinical experience is not possible. There is now an ‘Education’ tab within each Anaesthetic Technology paper on Blackboard. This material is being created to supplement learning, especially for those students who cannot attend the clinical environment.
  • If a student is restricted from clinical work whilst enrolled in Anaesthetic Technology 1, there may be a delay in progressing to level 2 supervision and subsequent enrolment in 2021. This will be monitored from an AUT perspective, and each hospital should provision for a delayed academic year whilst providing additional support measures where possible, once clinical work resumes.
  • If a student is restricted from clinical work whilst enrolled in Anaesthetic Technology 2, there may be a delay in attaining competencies to graduate within the usual timeframe. This will be monitored from an AUT perspective, and each hospital should provision for a delayed academic year whilst providing additional support measures where possible, once clinical work resumes.

Block courses

  • Block courses for Anaesthetic Technology 1 & 2 are tentatively being held in September (dates TBC).
  • Anaesthetic Technology 2’s block course has provided certification for NZRC CORE Immediate to students undertaking the NZATS registration exam and their subsequent registration with the MSC. Hospitals should provision for alternative measures to provide students with CORE Immediate certification if the Anaesthetic Technology 2 block course is cancelled in September.
  • A decision regarding both block courses will be made closer to the time.

New academic assessment components for each paper

  • Anaesthesia I
    • Assignment 1 will be due Monday 18th May at 4pm.
    • Assignment 2 is cancelled permanently.
    • Mid-semester test is cancelled permanently.
    • End-of-semester exam is cancelled permanently.
    • Online weekly MCQ’s will now be compulsory.
  • These will become available at 12pm on the Monday of the relevant week and close the following Monday at 12pm.
  • Students must complete all online weekly MCQ’s.
    • Online weekly MCQ’s and Assignment 1 will make-up 100% of the overall grade. Weighting of each will be announced.
    • A video for students outlining these requirements will be made available on Blackboard.

 

  • Anaesthesia 2
    • Assignment 1 will be due Monday 18th May at 4pm.
    • Assignment 2 is cancelled permanently.
    • Mid-semester test is cancelled permanently.
    • End-of-semester exam is cancelled permanently.
    • Online weekly MCQ’s will now be compulsory.
  • These will become available at 12pm on the Monday of the relevant week and close the following Monday at 12pm.
  • Students must complete all online weekly MCQ’s
    • Online weekly MCQ’s and Assignment 1 will make-up 100% of the overall grade. Weighting of each will be announced.
    • A video for students outlining these requirements will be made available on Blackboard.

 

  • Anaesthesia 3
    • Assignment 1 will be due Monday 18th May at 4pm.
    • Assignment 2 is cancelled permanently.
    • Mid-semester test is cancelled permanently.
    • End-of-semester exam is cancelled permanently.
    • Online weekly MCQ’s will now be compulsory.
  • These will become available at 12pm on the Monday of the relevant week and close the following Monday at 12pm.
  • Students must complete all online weekly MCQ’s
    • Online weekly MCQ’s and Assignment 1 will make-up 100% of the overall grade. Weighting of each will be announced.
    • A video for students outlining these requirements will be made available on Blackboard.

 

  • Anaesthetic Technology 1

 

  • Anaesthetic Technology 2
  • 25thMay
  • 3rdAugust
  • 5thOctober

Throughout everything which has been outlined above, students’ interest and welfare during this time is of paramount importance. It is essential that educators or students highlight any issues which they are having immediately so that they can be resolved with minimal distress. Please also remember that the situation which universities are responding to globally is far from perfect. This revised academic plan is both in-line with AUT directives, national guidance, and has been designed to minimally disrupt student’s education and the workload placed on those within the clinical environment under what is a stressful and complex time for many.

If you have any concerns at all, please feel free to contact myself () or David () so that we may provide further clarification.

Thanks,

Mike Smith

Anaesthetic Technology Co-ordinator AUT