Introduction to Medical Science

Course code MEDI1012Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

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.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Medicine program.

This course is offered in Semester 1 only.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:

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

2. the normal structure and function of the body and mind at the 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 stressors 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.
ContentStudents 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.
TransitionStudents must successfully complete all requirements of Year 1 before progressing to Year 2.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassSchool supervised examination
written paper (mid-semester), includes MCQ and may include SAQ
Examination: Formalwritten assessment using a variety of instruments (MCQ, SAQ)
Group/tutorial participation and contributionattendance and participation at PBL tutorials will be monitored throughout the course by tutors
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Problem Based Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine program

WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate
Working with Children and Young People Declaration
ClinConnect compliance
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MEDI1012