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MD2011 - Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD2011 MD2012
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

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 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;
  • describe the anatomy, physiology and important pathophysiologies of CVM, HRM, RM & RRITH, interpret common findings from histories, examinations and test results and describe management principles.

Subject Assessment

  • See MD2012 for assessment detail - (%) - .

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 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, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Dr Monika Zimanyi
Lecturers: Dr Susan Gorton, Dr Kimberley Owens, Assoc. Professor Sophie Couzos, Dr Rebecca Evans, Ms Simone Ross, Assoc. Professor Nichole Harvey, Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Professor Sarah Larkins, Ms Karen Knight, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Ms Karryn Lytton, Assoc. Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Dr Aaron Hollins, Dr Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy, Professor Richard Murray, Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns, Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Mr Dave Sellars, <Person not found>, Dr Lisa Chilton, Dr Alex Trollope, Mr Don Gamage, Dr Susan Smith, Dr Caitlin Rushby, Mrs Deanne Johnstone, Mr Donald Whaleboat, Dr Roy Rasalam, Assoc. Professor Louise Young, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja, Dr Anupama Bangara Kulur, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr Karen Carlisle, Dr Jane Harte, Dr Beverley Bird, Miss Chelsea Smith, Dr Claire Poolman, Dr Richard Francis, Assoc. Professor Lawrie McArthur, Dr Sarah Chalmers, Dr Emma McGonigal, Dr Anna Kokavec, Dr Torres Woolley, Dr Donna Martin.
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
  • 168 hours practicals - Guided Learning Sessions: 4x 3 hours sessions each week. Clinical Skills sessions: 12 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
  • 144 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.