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MD1020 - Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2019
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.
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 29-Aug-2019
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, 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, Dr Robyn Preston, Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Professor Richard Murray, Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns, Assoc. Professor Robin Ray, <Person not found>, Dr Emma Anderson, Dr Lisa Chilton, Mr Don Gamage, <Person not found>, Dr Susan Smith, Mrs Deanne Johnstone, Ms Priscilla Page, Mr Donald Whaleboat, Assoc. Professor Damien Paris, Dr Roy Rasalam, Assoc. Professor Louise Young, Dr Karen Carlisle, Dr Katharine Terry, Assoc. Professor Bunmi Malau-Aduli, Assoc. Professor Lionel Hebbard, Dr Craig McFarlane, <Person not found>, Dr Torres Woolley.
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
  • 160 hours practicals - Guided Learning Sessions: 4x 3 hours sessions each week. Clinical Skills Sessions: 4 hours 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
  • 72 hours placement
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (76%); other exams (8%); assignments (16%).
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.