Introduction to Medical Science


Serves as an introduction to the biomedical sciences and forms a basis for three further courses in Medical Sciences in the first two years of the program. The course is structured around the development of the human body over its life cycle. Learning will be structured by a series of medical problems that incorporate major stressors on the normal human being.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. The development of the human body from conception to senescence;

2. The normal structure and function of the body and mind at the various stages of life;

3. The basic mechanisms underlying the symptoms and signs associated with some common mental and physical ailments in children, adolescents, adults and the aged;

4. Some processes and mechanisms involved with the body's response to the challenges and stressers of everyday existence, and how these responses can be compromised or overpowered by conditions or agents internal or external to the body and which result in the manifestation of disorder or disease; and

5. How the biomedical sciences provide a rational basis for medical practice.


Students will:

  • a)  be introduced to a series of medical problems in tutorials;
  • b)  generate learning targets associated with the medical sciences in these sessions. It is likely that these will primarily come from discussions of the mechanisms of abnormalities presented, and/or the basis of diagnostic procedures suggested or the underlying basis of management procedures; and
  • c)  then undertake their own learning, directed toward these learning targets.

Biomedical scientists will provide lectures, tutorials and information sessions as they relate to the medical problems being investigated.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine degree programs.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Examination: Class (MCQ and SAQ)

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal (MCQ and SAQ)

Participation: Group Tutorial/Participation and contribution

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Students must complete NSW Health Department requirements for students to attend placements in NSW Health facilities.
  • Working with Children and Young Adults Check - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact Hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term