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MD1020 - Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD1010 MD1020
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available only to MBBS students

This subject continues the study of integrated medical and social sciences for the whole human body. Students will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of the human body from a molecular, cellular, organ, and systems perspective and the impacts of societal influences on human health. The foundation science topics are integrated around the musculoskeletal and human reproductive systems and human genetics, and supported through continued clinical skills development.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and apply this knowledge in some common clinical cases to determine the impact of altered structure on normal function;
  • interrelate the structural, functional and sociological aspects of human reproduction, development and pathophysiology in the context of the underlying cellular and endocrine processes regulating this system;
  • explain the basic mechanisms of human genetics and inheritance as it applies to both individuals and populations, and the principles of genetic investigation;
  • assess a patients vital signs and range of movement;
  • discuss the diverse health care needs of rural, remote, Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, and subpopulations such as people with disabilities, children and youth, the aged, and those with chronic illness and interpret human behaviour, its impact on health, and the influence of social determinants on patterns of disease and health inequalities.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (76%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Multi-station assessment task (MSAT) - (8%) - Individual
  • On-Course (10% SP1 + 6% SP2): Integrated across subject chain. The detail of the assessment is outlined in the Subject Outlines - (16%) - Group & Individual.

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.

Prerequisites: MD1010


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 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja
Lecturers: Dr Kimberley Owens, Assoc. Professor Sophie Couzos, Ms Simone Ross, Assoc. Professor Nichole Harvey, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Professor Sarah Larkins, Ms Karen Knight, Assoc. Professor Kate Domett, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Assoc. Professor Shane Brun, Ms Karryn Lytton, Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Professor Richard Murray, Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns, Dr Emma Anderson, Dr Lisa Chilton, Mr Don Gamage, Dr Susan Smith, Mrs Deanne Johnstone, Ms Priscilla Page, Dr Leesa Grier, Mr Donald Whaleboat, Assoc. Professor Damien Paris, Dr Roy Rasalam, Dr Karen Carlisle, Assoc. Professor Bunmi Malau-Aduli, Assoc. Professor Lionel Hebbard, Dr Craig McFarlane, Ms Lucy Rogers, Dr Torres Woolley, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 52 hours lectures (didactic or interactive) - Introductory sessions for each subject each week
  • 160 hours practicals - Guided Learning Sessions: 4x 3 hours sessions each week. Clinical Skills Sessions: 4 hours over 13 weeks
  • 52 hours workshops - Synthesising Sessions integrate concepts and content
  • 12 hours - Integrating Sessions present more complex issues in interactive panel formats
  • 72 hours placement
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.