Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester (extended) 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc Professor William Hart


This unit reflects an introduction to the four themes of the MBBS curriculum: Theme I (Personal and Professional Development), Theme II (Society, Population, Health and Illness), Theme III (Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice) and Theme IV (Clinical Skills). Students begin to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required by a medical student. Knowledge in the basic medical and behavioural sciences is developed within inter-disciplinary units related to clinical and other problems through problem based learning clinical case studies. Clinical skills development introduces history-taking, physical examination and clinical reasoning through clinical skills tutorials and clinical placement activities. Community partnership placements are commenced.


Students will be expected to achieve the learning objectives in all four Themes for this Unit. Theme I Personal and Professional Development, Theme II Population, Society, Health and Illness, Theme III Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice and Theme IV Clinical Skills.


Two written assignments: 5%
5%, written mid-semester exam: 5%, written end-of-semester exam: 10% and practical exam (OSCE): 10% during GMA1011 account for 35% of the end of Year A mark.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Shane Bullock

Contact hours

18 weeks based upon 27 contact hours of predominately small group teaching and learning activities which will include some lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, fortnightly clinical placements (9 days in all), fortnightly GP placements (4 days in all) and Community Based Program placements (8 days) including an Indigenous Health Placement (1 day).


Must be enrolled in course code 3952