GMA2100 - Foundations of medical practice - 2019

24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Rural Health

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Peter Barton


Assoc Prof Shane Bullock

Unit guides



  • Full year (extended) 2019 (On-campus)



Must be enrolled in course version M6018


This unit encompasses key concepts and principles across four themes of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) 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 develop the knowledge and skills required by a medical student.

Knowledge in the basic medical and behavioural sciences is developed within inter-disciplinary units and related to clinical and other problems through problem based learning clinical case studies.

In clinical skills students are introduced to history-taking, physical examination and procedural skills through tutorials and clinical placement activities.

Community partnership placements are also a part of the unit.


Theme I - Personal and Professional Development

  1. Comply with the code of conduct for Monash medical students
  2. Use key ethical and legal principles to discuss issues pertinent to health care and clinical contexts.
  3. Communicate effectively and appropriately with others (patients, peers, staff, and community members).
  4. Interact appropriately and work collaboratively with others.
  5. Identify, develop and use approaches to meet academic and personal challenges and needs

    Theme II - Society, Population, Health and Illness

  6. Examine key social, economic and environmental determinants of health on status and outcomes in marginalised groups, including the Indigenous population.
  7. Explain concepts in prevention science and approaches used in health promotion.
  8. Explain concepts in population health, epidemiology and measurement of health and disease in populations.
  9. Describe the role of health care services in maintaining health and in monitoring, managing and preventing disease.
  10. Using prescribed methodologies search for and critique information from medical research literature and popular information sources.

    Theme III - Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice

  11. Describe the structure and function of the human body at cellular, organ, system and whole body levels.
  12. Explain biological, psychological and social factors pertinent to understanding human development, health, illness and behaviour.
  13. Describe common and important illnesses, conditions and disorders
  14. Explain fundamental pathological processes and causes underlying specified illnesses and conditions.
  15. Describe drug classes and identify the use and actions of drugs in these groups.

    Theme IV - Clinical Skills

  16. Elicit and summarise a structured, comprehensive and logical history in simulated environments.
  17. Perform and summarise an appropriate examination for specified systems in simulated environments.
  18. Propose and justify the reasoning for a differential diagnosis (list) at a basic level for specified systems.
  19. Competently perform specified clinical procedures and tasks in simulated environments.
  20. Identify relevant investigations for specified problems or conditions.
  21. Outline a basic management plan for specified common problems and conditions.
  22. Use principles for effectively communicating medical information to competent adult patients in simulated settings.


  • Tutor reports (5%)
  • 5 x Written assignments (10,500 words total) (55%)
  • On-line tests (6 hrs total) (20%)
  • Practical clinical skills assessments (80 mins) (20%)

Hurdle requirements


Students must attend a minimum of 80% of designated teaching activities to pass this unit.

Students must achieve an overall pass for written assignments, quizzes and competency based practical assessments to pass this unit

Workload requirements

12 hours of teacher directed study per week including lectures and active learning integrated workshops plus 12 hours of and self-directed study.

Total per week = 24 hours

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