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MD3011 - Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 1 of 2

Credit points: 9.0
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD3011 MD3012
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 molecular, cellular, organ, individual person, health system and societal influences on human health, integrated around themes within tissue injury and neoplasia, infection and immunology and preventive medicine and addictive behaviours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and connect the processes by which organisms cause disease and how infection is spread and the general details of acute and chronic inflammatory responses, including mediators, cellular toxins, effects on organ systems and the means by which damage might be propagated;
  • Summarise, relate, and distinguish the role of the immune system in neoplasia and the abnormal responses of the immune system that produce illness and the mechanisms which control abnormal cell growth and differentiation and the current theories of carcinogenesis;
  • Discuss, demonstrate and apply the basic principles and strategies employed in disease prevention and control and health promotion;
  • Explain and connect the basic principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and patient compliance and demonstrate their application to the major organ systems, infections and neoplasia;
  • Explain, summarise, and relate approaches to treatment of drug dependence and its prevention, with regard to various cultures (eg youth, Indigenous) and the public health economic problem of dependency.
Prerequisites: (MD2011 OR MD2010) AND (MD2012 OR MD2020)


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 23-Mar-2017
Coordinator: Dr Kimberley Owens, Professor Richard Murray, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Mrs Yolanda Kerlen
Lecturers: Dr Julie Mudd, Dr Aaron Hollins, Assoc. Professor Suzanne McKenzie, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Dr Catherine Rush, Dr Nichole Harvey, Dr Robyn Preston, Assoc. Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr Robin Ray, Ms Karen Knight, <Person not found>, Dr Katharine Terry, Mr Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Mrs Robyn Hay, Dr Helen Anscomb, Professor Alan Baxter, Dr Teresa O'Connor, Ms Darlene Wallace, Dr Roy Rasalam, <Person not found>, Dr Kate Miller, Mr Aaron Drovandi, Ms Simone Ross, Mr Don Gamage.
Contact hours:
  • 39 hours lectures - Introductory sessions for each subject each week
  • 117 hours tutorials - Guided Learning Sessions: 3 x 3 hours sessions each week. Clinical Skills Sessions: 5 hours over 13 weeks
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars - Synthesising Sessions integrate concepts and content
  • 12 hours - Integrating Sessions present more complex issues in interactive panel formats
    Assessment: integrated assessment across subject chain (%).
    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 curriculum quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject/Module Outline represents the latest official information.