The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Introduces the 'body and organ' systems based approach used to structure learning. This course follows on from Introduction to Medical Science by studying in detail the problems associated with some of the individual organ systems. Students will learn by being presented with a series of medical problems. They will then investigate the medical sciences underlying those problems, focusing on the mechanisms and prevalence of abnormalities presented, the basis of diagnostic procedures suggested, the underlying basis of management procedures and the procedures for prevention.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the normal structure, function and development of the gastrointestinal, renal and musculoskeletal systems;

2. Identify and discuss the basic mechanisms underlying the symptoms and signs associated with some common ailments involving these systems, including the perception of pain associated with such ailments;

3. Articulate some mechanisms underlying causation of disease, including inheritance and infective agents.;

4. Discuss the mode of action of some of the drugs commonly used to treat such ailments and their symptoms

5. Describe with relevant examples, how the biomedical sciences provide a rational basis for medical practice.


The students will be introduced to a series of medical problems in tutorials held for all students undertaking Professional Practice 1 and Medical Science 1.

Students will generate learning goals associated with the medical sciences in these sessions. The students will undertake own learning directed toward these learning goals. The appropriate medical 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 who are active in the Bachelor of Medicine degree (10379).

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal (OSCE and MCQ)

Participation: Group Tutorial/Participation and contribution