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MD2012 - Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 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 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.
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, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Dr Teresa O'Connor, Ms Simone Ross, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Professor Richard Murray, Dr Pam Megaw, Mr Don Gamage, Mrs Deanne Johnstone, Dr Damien Paris, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr Christopher Rikard-Bell.
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
  • 4 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.