Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Richard Loiacono / Professor Shah Yasin


THEME 1: 'Health Enhancement Program' develops strategies for personal health enhancement and ethical/legal issues relevant to professional responsibility, the doctor-patient relationship and public accountability.
THEME 2: 'Population Health' develops an understanding of epidemiology, construction of epidemiological study design, function and interpretation of statistical information and critical appraisal of research publications.
THEME 3: The scientific basis of clinical practice of the musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular medicine and human life span.
THEME 4: 'Clinical Skills' develops comprehensive medical history taking skills and examination of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and peripheral nervous system. Develop an awareness of key ethical issues involved in communication with patients, family members, carers and health professionals. Rural attachment: a week based at a rural centre will focus on developing an understanding of the practice of medicine in a rural context.


Theme I:

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

  1. Recognise the legal requirements and protocols in clinical practice including documentation, patient care and safety
  2. Respect and maintain privacy and confidentiality (peers, university & health care staff, external stakeholders, patients, clients)
  3. Discuss issues related to justice, the importance and role of advocacy within the health system
  4. Practice principles of ethical decision making and consultation with peers and teachers
  5. Describe characteristics of a respectful, non-judgemental and empathic approach to others
  6. Maintain an appropriate standard of behaviour including demeanour, appearance and meeting commitments.
  7. Communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately in oral, written and electronic formats
  8. Identify the types of risks and errors in health care settings and the role of health care professionals in ensuring the quality of patient care
  9. Recognise the importance of research and quality improvement
  10. Recognise the need to evaluate and critically reflect upon judgements and health care practices relating to patient outcomes
  11. Recognise peers experiencing difficulty and identify available support services
  12. Describe appropriate environments and use strategies for sensitive and effective communication and interaction with others (simulated patients, peers, teaching staff)
  13. Identify the roles and responsibilities health care team members and their professions and show the ability to work collaboratively within a team
  14. Engage in learning opportunities and participate in peer learning, leadership and teaching activities.
  15. Recognise own strengths and limitations, including personal factors which impact upon performance, and seek support for improvement
  16. Take responsibility for own self-care and health issues.

Theme II:

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics in medical research;
  2. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological study designs;
  3. Appreciate the role of chance, bias and confounding in epidemiological studies;
  4. Critically appraise articles in medical journals;
  5. Interpret and appreciate the clinical relevance of statistical information presented in medical research publications;

Theme III:

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

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the function of peripheral sensory systems, sensory pathways, motor pathways and the importance of sensory feedback;
  2. Understand the general and detailed organization of the limbs and back;
  3. Identify and test the muscle groups acting on the joints of the upper and lower limb, the cranio-vertebral and the intervertebral joints, and their normal range of movement;
  4. Identify the surface markings of the major joints, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and bony features of the upper and lower limbs and vertebral column; and understand the application of imaging technologies to the musculoskeletal systems;
  5. Understand the detailed structure and function of the tissues of the musculoskeletal system, including bone, muscle, tendon, articular cartilage, ligaments and connective tissue;
  6. Demonstrate an introductory level of understanding of human psychology and human behaviour;
  7. Discuss the pathogenesis of diseases caused by bacteria and microbes;
  8. Outline the pharmacological agents used in the treatment of infectious disease.
  9. Describe the trajectory of development, and its importance to an understanding of the individual as a complete human being within a social setting.
  10. Describe the structure and function of the healthy cardiovascular system
  11. Discuss the mechanisms and effects of selected common pathologies affecting the cardiovascular system;
  12. Outline therapeutic agents commonly used to deal with disorders of the cardiovascular system;
  13. Give an account of the interactions of the cardiovascular system in the maintenance of homeostasis
  14. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of neurons, signaling mechanisms, drug actions and receptors mechanisms, and the organization, inter relationship and general function of all divisions of the nervous system; demonstrate an introductory level of understanding of human psychology and the neurobiological basis of human behaviour.

Theme IV:

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

  1. Conduct a structured patient centred interview in simulated environments
  2. Elicit a structured, comprehensive and logical history in simulated environments
  3. Perform an appropriate examination for specified systems in simulated environments.
  4. Perform specified clinical procedures and tasks in simulated environments
  5. For specified conditions, identify relevant investigations for the patient's presenting problems or conditions
  6. Identify the required information for completion of requests for investigations.
  7. Provide a basic interpretation of results for specified investigations
  8. Outline the reasons for prioritising patient care
  9. Generate a problem list
  10. Formulate a differential diagnosis (list)
  11. Identify the function of management plans in patient care
  12. For specified conditions identify clinically appropriate medications
  13. Explain the importance of monitoring patients
  14. Explain the importance of fluid and electrolyte management
  15. Identify the importance of procedures and documentation for continuity of care
  16. Provide structured and effective case presentations
  17. Recognise the basic elements of patient files

Rural Attachment:

On completion of this Rural Attachment students will be able to:

  1. Recognise the importance of place to health, illness, injury and health service delivery;
  2. Describe the health, illness, community services and facilities available in a rural location;
  3. Recognise how rural health differs across gender, age, race and sexual orientation;
  4. Compare and contrast medicine in a rural context with their metropolitan experiences to date.


Examinations and written assignments to account for 70% of the end of Year 1 result.
Assessment of materials presented in the result for MED1022 will be a pass grade only (PGO).
Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% at designated small group teaching activities to pass this unit.

Chief examiner(s)

A/Prof Peter Barton (Clayton), Prof Parasakthi Navaratnam (Malaysia)


Must be enrolled in the MBBS course codes 0040, 1074, 3856