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MD3011 - Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 1 of 2

Credit points: 9
Year: 2019
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, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Kimberley Owens, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Professor Richard Murray, Dr Emma Anderson
Lecturers: Dr Teresa O'Connor, Ms Simone Ross, Assoc. Professor Nichole Harvey, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Ms Karen Knight, Assoc. Professor Peter Johnson, Dr Aaron Hollins, Dr Robyn Preston, Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Dr Julie Mudd, Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Assoc. Professor Robin Ray, <Person not found>, Dr Emma Anderson, Mr Don Gamage, Mrs Deanne Johnstone, Dr Roy Rasalam, Dr Kate Miller, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr Karen Carlisle, Dr Katharine Terry, Dr Zaf Smith, <Person not found>, Dr Hillary Vanderven.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 9 credit point subject is approximately 390 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 and self-directed study
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 Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.