MCM5504 - Dermatology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of General Practice


Dr Jennifer Neil

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Online)


This elective unit introduces the students to a broad range of common dermatological problems encountered in the general practice setting, requiring them to engage with clinically relevant and up-to-date information on topics such as patterns and diagnosis of skin disease, erythematopapulosquamous diseases, dermal and subcutaneous problems, skin tumours and pigmented lesions and skin infections. Topics are written in conjunction with content specialists practising in these areas, and are customised specifically for the general practice setting.


By the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse how the structural components of the skin function in both healthy and diseased states.
  2. Demonstrate a systematic approach to generating and exploring an appropriate list of differential diagnoses, in a patient with a dermatological complaint.
  3. Deduce what further investigations, if any, are required, to aid diagnosis.
  4. Devise and implement a systematic approach to the management of dermatological disorders, which includes a synthesis of the best available evidence, patient wishes and circumstances, community resources and the clinician's experience.
  5. Devise a plan for future personal practice and professional development in the diagnosis and management of patients with dermatological conditions.


  • Pictorial case studies (1.5 hours) (25%)
  • Pictorial case studies (1.5 hours) (25%)
  • Case report (2,500 words) (50%) (hurdle)

Hurdle requirements:

Throughout this unit there are a number of activities (eg: discussion forums, individual wikis, group wikis, quizzes and virtual patients).

Satisfactory participation in ALL of these activities is a requirement in order to progress through this unit.

Chief examiner(s)