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MD1010 - Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD1010 MD1020
Administered by: School of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to Level 1 students enrolled in the MBBS program. This subject will provide the foundation for the development of molecular and cellular processes in the normal human body, plus an understanding of the individual, health system and societal influences on human health. These topics are presented in an integrated fashion using as themes major milestones in the human lifecycle, including puberty, menopause and death.

Learning Outcomes

  • knowledge of normal molecular and cell biology, particularly as relevant to human lifecycle stages;
  • knowledge of normal structure and function of the humam body and its organ systems;
  • knowledge of the functions and health care needs of communities, with a particular focus on rural, remote and Indigenous populations;
  • sound generic communication skills relevant to interactioon with patients, their families and their health professional advisors;
  • appreciation of the personal and ethical dimensions of medical professional life.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.


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 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Professor Richard Murray
Lecturers: Dr Teresa O'Connor, Dr Rebecca Evans, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Ms Karen Knight, Ms Darlene Wallace, Assoc. Professor Damien Paris, <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
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
  • 3 hours fieldwork
  • 6 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (20%); 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.