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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesAt the end of the semester the students will have a basic understanding and knowledge 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.

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.
Replacing Course(s)Replacing part of MEDI010A.
TransitionThe following transition arrangements will apply to any student undertaking the current program who fails a course.

The current policy of the Bachelor of Medicine program is that students must successfully complete all requirements of Year 1 before progressing to Year 2. For 2004, there are no significant changes to course and assessment content and therefore students who fail Year 1 in 2003 will be required to re-enrol into the entire suite of new Year 1 courses in 2004.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalWritten assessment using a variety of assessment instruments
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 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine degree programs.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for MEDI1012