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MED1011 - Medicine 1

24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Ross Young and Dr Ian Presnell


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)


In each semester students are enrolled in one integrated unit within which is embedded material from each of the following 4 themes: THEME I: Personal and Professional Development; THEME II: Population, Society, Health and Illness: Health, Knowledge and Society; THEME III: Foundations of Medicine; THEME IV: Clinical Skills. (For more information refer to the website)


Theme I: On completion of this sub-unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify issues which affect their transition from school to university
  2. Develop strategies for maintaining their mental and physical health status
  3. Examine the similarities/differences between ethical issues in personal and professional life
  4. Be acquainted with the legal framework within which medical practice operates and the legal basis of the doctor-patient relationship
Theme II: On completion of this sub-unit students will be able to:
  1. Discuss different perspectives on health, illness and medical practice through application of the 'sociological imagination'
  2. Describe associations between health and illness and social influences like disability, place, social position, gender, ethnicity, ecology and access to health care
  3. Consider appropriate adaptations of medical practice to suit cultural and social circumstances
  4. Critically examine the influence their own experiences, background and culture have on their attitudes towards medicine
  5. Demonstrate basic skills in accessing research materials from personal, print and electronic sources
Theme III: On completion of this sub-unit, students will have knowledge and understanding of:
  1. Normal cell and tissue structure and function
  2. Genes in health and disease
  3. The immune system in health and disease
  4. Interaction between microbial organisms and the human host
  5. Injury and the host response
  6. Genetic and environmental factors leading to neoplasia, its progression and spread
Theme IV: On completion of this sub-unit students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate clear and appropriate communication skills
  2. Understand different forms of communication and the need for active listening
  3. Work cooperatively with health professionals (nurses, GPs) and trainees (nurses) to achieve specified tasks
  4. Understand the framework for taking a comprehensive medical history
  5. Be competent in First Aid as shown by the completion of the first aid course
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and legal issues when communicating with patients and their families


Examinations and written assignments to account for 20% of the end of year one mark.


Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery