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What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are the fundamental parts of a course that must be met by all students in order for them to be deemed competent. They are the abilities, skills and knowledge students need to complete the course — those components which, if removed, would compromise the learning outcomes.

Inherent Academic Requirement Statement

The aim of this statement is to empower potential students to make an informed decision about their fitness to study a particular course at Medical Administration Training.

The statement should be read in conjunction with other course information and the entry requirements found in each course outline.

All students are also required to comply with MAT (the RTO) rules and policies.

To successfully complete their course, students must meet all inherent requirements, with appropriate support and reasonable adjustments as necessary.

Students with a Disability

MAT is committed to working with students to make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment and other activities to address the impact of students’ disabilities or other factors on their ability to participate in and meet the requirements of their course. When making reasonable adjustments, MAT will maintain the inherent academic and other requirements of its courses.

If you are a student with a disability, or if there are other factors that may impact upon your studies and ability to carry out the inherent requirements, you should discuss any concerns with the Student Accessbility team. These staff can work collaboratively with you to determine reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the inherent requirements of your course. If it is anticipated that the inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, you will not be prohibited from enrolment, but you may be unable to successfully complete your course.

Category 1 - Physical

The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capacities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of a course.

For an online health administration course, the physical inherent requirements may not be as prominent as they would be in a hands-on, clinical setting. However, there are still certain physical capacities or capabilities necessary for effective participation in the course.

  • Physical capacity to operate a computer, including using a keyboard, mouse, and other input devices.
  • Capacity to sit comfortably for extended periods of time, as online courses often involve lengthy periods of screen-based work.
  • General physical well-being to cope with the demands of online learning, which may include managing stress and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  • Work Health and Safety legislation requires that students do not place themselves or others at risk. Some assessment tasks include physical activities that require use of specific faculties, motor skills, and capacities. E.g. putting on and taking off PPE.
Category 2 - Cognition

The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of a course.

  • Students need the capacity to reason and to synthesize knowledge in order to solve problems.
  • Students need the capacity to identify and apply important information to relevant situations.
  • Students need the capacity to prioritise and to complete tasks within the required timeframe.
  • Students need the capacity to use basic quantitative and other research skills to gather, interpret, and evaluate data as relevant for the course.

Required Reading and Writing Skills by Qualification Level:

 Certificate III Level:

Students at the Certificate III level should possess the reading skills necessary to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of familiar and some unfamiliar texts and text types. Additionally, they should demonstrate writing skills that enable them to convey intended meaning on familiar topics for a limited range of purposes and audiences. They are expected to produce familiar text types using simple vocabulary, grammatical structures, and conventions.

Certificate IV Level:

At the Certificate IV level, students are required to have advanced reading skills to interpret and critically analyse complex texts. Their writing skills should focus on effectively communicating complex relationships between ideas and information, with an ability to match the style of writing to the purpose and audience.

Diploma Level:

Diploma-level students should excel in both reading and writing. They need to demonstrate advanced reading skills for interpreting and critically analysing complex texts. In terms of writing, they are expected to effectively communicate intricate relationships between ideas and information, adjusting the style of writing to suit the purpose and audience. Additionally, they should display a deep understanding of structure and layout, employing a broad vocabulary, grammatical structure, and conventions appropriate to the text.

Category 3 - Communication

The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts, and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences. Medical Administration Training is an English speaking RTO.

  • Students need to communicate effectively in spoken English.
  • Students need to be able to understand and participate in verbal and non-verbal exchanges in informal, formal, and professional contexts.
  • Students need to be able to clearly understand and follow instructions and/or tasks.
  • To demonstrate their learning, students need to convey their own thoughts and understanding using various communication mediums such as writing, presentations, practical demonstration, etc.
  • Students need to exhibit clear and effective verbal communication skills in video or audio recordings, ensuring that the intended message is conveyed appropriately.
Category 4 - Behavioural

The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of the course.

Effective Emotional Management: Students are expected to function and adapt effectively and sensitively, managing their own emotions in the academic environment.

Receptiveness to Feedback: Students should be open and responsive to constructive feedback, recognising it as an opportunity for growth and improvement.

Active Engagement in Learning Activities: Students need to engage actively and consistently in simulated and role-play activities, demonstrating a commitment to the learning process.

Professional Conduct: Students need to demonstrate professional behaviour during simulated activities, maintaining a respectful and ethical demeanour.

Empathy and Cultural Awareness: Students need to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity when engaging in role-play activities, recognising the diverse perspectives and experiences of others.

Time Management Proficiency: Students need to manage time effectively to meet deadlines for completion of assessment tasks.

Category 5 - Technical

Digital Literacy and Technology Competence: Exhibiting competence in using the required technology and software is essential, demonstrating proficiency in digital literacy to navigate and utilise digital tools effectively.

Access to the technology/equipment: Students undertaking this course are reuqired to have access to technology including an up to date browser, a good internet connection, computer (i-pad and tablets not suitable), microsoft word and a recording device.