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MD1010 - Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD1010 MD1020
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

This subject will provide foundation knowledge of molecular and cellular processes in the normal functioning of the human body, plus an understanding of the individual, health systems and the societal influences on human health. These topics are presented in an integrated fashion across four foundation science modules and through introductory clinical skills practice. This subject is only available to students enrolled in the MBBS program.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe normal cell and tissue structure, function and the biochemical processes required to sustain life;
  • explain tissue organization and function within the human body and the processes of cellular to whole body control, communication and regulation;
  • describe the Australian health care system and its components, explain how health is measured and interpret the professional and ethical dimensions of medical practice;
  • describe patient-centred care and demonstrate communication skills;
  • apply principles of infection control.


As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Kate Domett, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Professor Richard Murray
Lecturers: Dr Susan Gorton, Dr Kimberley Owens, Assoc. Professor Sophie Couzos, Dr Rebecca Evans, Ms Simone Ross, Assoc. Professor Nichole Harvey, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Ms Karen Knight, Assoc. Professor Kate Domett, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Ms Karryn Lytton, Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Ms Darlene Wallace, Dr Joseph Moxon, Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller, Mr Don Gamage, Dr Smriti Murali Krishna, Mrs Deanne Johnstone, Ms Priscilla Page, Mr Donald Whaleboat, Dr Roy Rasalam, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja, Dr Karen Carlisle, Dr Katharine Terry, Assoc. Professor Bunmi Malau-Aduli, Assoc. Professor Lionel Hebbard, Dr Craig McFarlane, Dr Ioana Bowden, Dr Lynn Woodward, Dr Torres Woolley, Dr Donna Martin.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 12 credit point subject is approximately 520 hours.

  • 52 hours lectures - Introductory sessions for each subject each week
  • 162 hours practicals - Guided Learning Sessions, 4x 3 hours sessions each week. Clinical Skills Sessions: 6hrs over 13 weeks
  • 52 hours workshops/Seminars - Synthesising Sessions integrate concepts and content
  • 12 hours - Integrating Sessions present more complex issues in interactive panel formats
  • 9 hours placement
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: integrated assessment across subject chain (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory attendance is required at community and clinical placements. Satisfactory academic and professional standards, as described in the College program Assessment Guidelines, must be achieved in order to progress to the next year.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.