The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Student enrolment is semester based, MEDI3101A (Semester 1) and MEDI3101B (Semester 2), with the delivery of the academic content occurring across the full year.

In this course students undertake activity which consolidates and extends their previous learning and prepares them for longer periods of clinical contact. PBL scenarios continue to provide a focus for student learning about common clinical presentations across a range of practice contexts. Students practice and are assessed on their performance of procedures commonly used in clinical settings, their ability to integrate the history and findings of clinical examination in the development of differential diagnoses, and their ability to select and justify diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Students also attend clinical teaching laboratory activity that will reinforce their extended learning in the clinical and behavioural sciences, and further develop their understanding of the scientific underpinnings of clinical medicine. Students will be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply this knowledge to safe and high quality clinical practice in simulated learning environments.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Central Coast Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Tablelands Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Tamworth Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Gather and collate organised focused medical histories for common and important acute and chronic clinical conditions

2. Perform systematic, comprehensive and confident physical examinations of each body system communicating findings in a clear and concise manner to other health professionals

3. Demonstrate differential diagnoses for common clinical conditions and presentations

4. Justify and perform specified procedures safely to a beginning level

5. Apply and articulate a sound scientific knowledge base for clinical practice

6. Formulate medical management plans for common clinical conditions and presentations that are based on analysing and synthesising relevant factors affecting the physical and psychological well-being of patients

7. Select and use appropriate and cost effective diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for common and important clinical conditions.

8. Communicate effectively and professionally with patients and other health professionals, including clinical findings from histories and physical examination

9. Describe relevant prevention and screening strategies for specified conditions, and perform simple procedures associated with prevention and screening

10. Provide education and counselling to patients, families and carers about common public health issues

11. Describe the psychosocial issues that affect equity of access to healthcare and their contribution to long term health outcomes of communities


  • Clinical skills including but not limited to history taking, physical and mental status examination, diagnosis, formulation of management plans, communication skills and teamwork, patient education with application to a range of clinical contexts that may include rural, regional and urban hospitals, medical and surgical work environments, General Practices, Public Health and community activities.
  • Clinical science knowledge with particular focus on common and important clinical conditions in General Practice and hospital practice.
  • Fundamental skills in ensuring personal, patient and colleagues’ safety, incident reporting and management, and patient handover will be taught and assessed.
  • The scientific underpinnings of clinical examination and differential diagnosis of common presentations will be reinforced.
  • Students will be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of patient education and its importance in public health.

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.


Students must be active in the Bachelor of Medical Science (40046) program and have successfully completed MEDI1101A, MEDI1101B, MEDI2101A, and MEDI2101B to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MEDI1101A, MEDI1101B, MEDI2101A, MEDI2101B and MEDI3101A

Assessment items

Formal Examination: MCQ *

Practical Demonstration: Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutor Assessment *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact hours

Central Coast Clinical School, Hunter Clinical School, Manning Base Hospital, Tablelands Clinical School and Tamworth Base Hospital


Face to Face On Campus 15 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face Off Campus 3 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term