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MD1020 - Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD1010 MD1020
Administered by: School of Medicine & Dentistry (pre 2015)

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.
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, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Kate Domett, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb
Lecturers: Dr Teresa O'Connor, Assoc. Professor Sophie Couzos, Ms Simone Ross, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Assoc. Professor Kate Domett, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Professor Richard Murray, Ms Darlene Wallace, Assoc. Professor Damien Paris, <Person not found>, Dr Torres Woolley.
Workload expectations:
  • 52 hours lectures - Introductory sessions for each subject each week
  • 156 hours practicals - Guided Learning Sessions use variable learning methods and formats: 4x 3 hours sessions each week
  • 52 hours workshops/Seminars - Synthesising Sessions integrate concepts and content
  • 12 hours - Integrating Sessions present more complex issues in interactive panel formats
  • 2 weeks fieldwork
  • 6 hours clinical placement
  • 3 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (72%); other exams (8%); assignments (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory attendance at community and clinical placements is a pre-requisite. Must achieve a pass score in all assessments in order to progress

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.