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MD3010 - Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 1 of 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD3010 MD3020
Administered by: School 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, clinical pharmacology and toxicology, and preventive medicine and addictive behaviours.

Learning Outcomes

  • knowledge and understanding of 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;
  • knowledge and understanding of 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;
  • the basic principles and strategies applied to disease prevention and control and health promotion;
  • knowledge of basic principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and patient compliance and their application to the major organ systems, infections and neoplasia;
  • 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.

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.
Prerequisites: MD2010 and 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 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Richard Murray, Assoc. Professor Robin Ray
Lecturers: Dr Teresa O'Connor, Assoc. Professor Nichole Harvey, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Ms Karen Knight, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, <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.