1 x 124-hour lecture per semester
1 x 88-hour tutorial per semester
1 x 43-hour workshop per semester
1 x 45.5-hour practical per semester
1 x 17-hour field trip per semester
1 x 222.5-hour independent study per semester
1 x 10-hour project work per semester
1 Admission into MD-Doctor of Medicine
1a Admission into MDC-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
1b Admission into MDJ-Doctor of Medicine
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of MMED8100, MMED8101, MMED8103, MMED8105 has been successfully completed
Project (Portfolio)
Topic description

This topic is a combination of the three major themes of the medical course: Knowledge of Health and Illness, Health Professions and Society and Doctor & Patient. Students will:

  • Begin to develop knowledge of the structure, function and development of the normal human body at all levels of organisation, from molecular and cellular to organ systems and the total individual, and the changes that occur as a result of disease, injury and abnormal development
  • Be introduced to core knowledge and concepts underpinning socially responsible health professional practice in the context of Australia
  • Develop skills in communication and patient interaction, introductory clinical procedures, history taking and physical examination in medical practice
Educational aims

This topic aims to start to develop the student's basic biomedical knowledge, the application of that knowledge, to demonstrate their ability to make simple decisions about patients, to communicate, to understand the Australian Health Care System, to become a self-regulated learner, a responsible group member and leader, and to demonstrate appropriate professionalism.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the biomedical, clinical and health systems information and basic understanding of research methods and the role that they play in understanding biomedical, clinical and health systems based knowledge
  2. Apply the basic knowledge related to clinical practice: about health and illness, the successful interaction with patients and health systems
  3. Demonstrate the ability to make simple decisions about patients’ health status with reference to the bigger picture of society
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly, effectively, with cultural safety at a basic level
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the Australian health care system, particularly in relation to cultural safety, Aboriginal health and the social determinants of health
  6. Demonstrate basic skills and understanding in relation to becoming an independent, collaborative self-regulated learner
  7. Demonstrate an appreciation of the different roles in a group and the ability to demonstrate initiative and responsibility in the group setting
  8. Understand the professionalism required for their new role as medical students, particularly in relation to their ethical and legal behaviour with other staff and students and in their basic interactions with patients