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MD2011 - Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD2011 MD2012
Administered by: School of Medicine & Dentistry (pre 2015)

Available only to MBBS students

This subject will provide foundation knowledge of anatomy, physiology and common pathophysiologies, body systems, presented with emphasis on rural, remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and tropical settings. They are presented in an integrated fashion and explore science and social science dimensions and related clinical skills. This subject is only available to students enrolled in the MBBS program.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the anatomy, physiology and important pathophysiologies of CVM, HRM, RMK & RRITH, interpret common findings from histories, examinations and test results and describe management principles;
  • describe the features of tropical, rural and remote Australia including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders populations, including demography, epidemiology and life style and analyse the patterns of health and disease and their causations in these populations;
  • effectively communicate when interviewing patients in cross-cultural settings and delivering an oral presentation;
  • perform clinical skills related to these systems;
  • identify ethical issues, particularly from a social justice perspective, associated with Year 2 experience and analyse how these are relevant to being a medical practitioner.
Prerequisites: MD1010 and MD1020


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 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Professor Richard Murray, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Dr Teresa O'Connor, Ms Simone Ross, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Ms Karen Knight, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns, <Person not found>, Dr Lisa Chilton, Dr Alex Trollope, Dr Susan Smith, Mr Donald Whaleboat, Dr Roy Rasalam, Dr Monika Zimanyi, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja, <Person not found>, <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
  • 3 hours fieldwork
  • 6 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (20%); 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.