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MD2012 - Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD2011 MD2012
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available only to MBBS students

This subject continues examining foundation knowledge of anatomy, physiology and common pathophysiologies, body systems as well as mental health disorders, 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 NS, MP, GIMN & MPsych, HRM, RM & 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, including mental health disorders and their causations in these populations;
  • effectively communicate when interviewing children, couples and families, writing a scientific paper and delivering scientific posters in a group;
  • perform clinical skills related to these systems;
  • identify ethical issues, particularly from a social justice perspective, associated with the Year 2 experience and analyse how these are relevant to being a medical practitioner.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (72%) - Individual
  • On-Course (18% across SP1 and SP2); Integrated across subject chain. The detail of the assessment is available in the subject outlines - (18%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Multi-station assessment task (MSAT) - (10%) - 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: MD2011


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 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Dr Monika Zimanyi
Lecturers: Dr Susan Gorton, Dr Kimberley Owens, Dr Rebecca Evans, Ms Simone Ross, Assoc. Professor Nichole Harvey, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Ms Karen Knight, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Dr Kathleen Rono, Ms Karryn Lytton, Assoc. Professor Aaron Hollins, Professor Richard Murray, Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns, Assoc. Professor Julie Mudd, Dr Emma Anderson, Dr Lisa Chilton, Mr Don Gamage, Dr Susan Smith, Dr Caitlin Rushby, Mrs Deanne Johnstone, Mr Donald Whaleboat, Dr Monika Zimanyi, Assoc. Professor Louise Young, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja, Dr Anupama Bangara Kulur, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr Karen Carlisle, Dr Jane Harte, Dr Richard Francis, Dr Sarah Chalmers, Dr Anna Kokavec, Ms Lucy Rogers, Dr Lynn Woodward, Dr Donna Martin.
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
  • 168 hours was 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
  • 24 hours was Other - 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.