Courses & Units

Foundations of Medicine 1 CAM101


Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

To be eligible to undertake PEP, all students must be “Verified” as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in Practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements. Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.


At the completion of CAM101 an IC (Interim Completion) grade is awarded because of the year-long nature of some assessments. The result for both CAM101 and CAM102 will be released at the end of semester two.


This foundations unit will give students a framework on which to base their undergraduate medical studies. This includes the structural and functional organisation of the human body, beginning with the study of biomolecules and cells, the classification and types of human tissues and their functions, and an introduction to the organ systems. This unit explores the normal constitution and function of the integumentary system (skin) and immune system and introduces microbiology and cellular responses to stress, injury and ageing. Students will learn and develop communication skills for medical practice and become familiar with clinical diagnostic processes including vital signs. Students will discuss the scope and core principles of public health and the organisation of the Australian health system, and how health, wellbeing and disease are constructed, promoted and prevented in society and medicine. This unit explores the roles that a medical practitioner plays in the Australian health system and the wider Australian community, including principles of ethics, professionalism and leadership. Students will learn how to practice self-care and acquire and develop the skills needed to engage in an active learning environment, including scoping, locating, synthesizing, and managing information.

In order for students to undertake Professional Experience Placements (PEPs), there are mandatory requirements to be completed before students can enter a PEP venue. These are outlined in the Safety in Practice Agreement. The Safety in Practice disclosure (Section 8 in the Safety in Practice Agreement), requires the student to establish, with the University, their capacity to perform the functional requirements of the course in which they are enrolled. The Safety in Practice Agreement also requires that student agree to the Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct, agree to undertake a police (criminal record) check and to gaining evidence of their immunisation and infectious disease status. Students enrolled in the School of Medicine are required to comply with these requirements prior to the allocation of, and student participation, in learning placements and clinical rotations in health care settings. Students who do not comply will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not meet the requirements of the unit with regard to Professional Experience Placements. Further information is available at the 'Professional Experience Placement' website of the University of Tasmania College of Health and Medicine, Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.


Unit name Foundations of Medicine 1
Unit code CAM101
Credit points 50
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Derek Choi-Lundberg
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Science and Scholarship Domain: Describe core scientific knowledge underpinning the practice of medicine, including biochemistry, cell biology, histology, gross anatomy, medical imaging, embryology, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, pathology, epidemiology, information management and medical research, with a focus on cellular processes and the integumentary, immune, musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
  • Clinical Practice Domain: Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly with others, take and summarise a medical history, and perform a clinical examination of the limbs and back.
  • Health and Society Domain: Describe how health, wellbeing and disease are constructed, promoted and prevented in society and medicine and the role of socioeconomic, environmental, cultural, and other population and community-level determinants on the health status and health care of individuals and diverse populations.
  • Ethics, Professionalism and Leadership Domain: Describe the principles, values and requirements of ethics, professionalism, leadership, reflective practice and self-care in the doctor-patient relationship and/or medical practice.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060101 $5,700.00 $5,700.00 not applicable $36,224.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

The unit is organised around weekly cases. The teaching content is delivered in the form of lectures/presentations, facilitated small group learning sessions, practicals, workshops, tutorials and on-line self-directed learning.

Students must be available full time Monday - Friday with some compulsory out of hours activities scheduled throughout the semester.

AssessmentThree MCQ/EMQ quizzes (6%)|Exam Paper 1 (6%)|Exam Paper 2 (6%)|Exam Paper 3 (6%)|Other Unit Requirements: Complete Laboratory safety module|Exam Paper 4 (6%)|Other unit requirements : - Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Portfolio entry P1a|60% of the weighting for CAM101/102 is undertaken in Semester 2 (60%)|Other unit requirements : Submission of all Compliance Documents|Other unit requirements: Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshop|Other unit requirements : Rural Communities Program (Rural Week) participation|Other unit requirements: Safety in Practice – Influenza Vaccination.|Other unit requirements :Case task presentation in CBL tutorial|Other unit requirements: Blended Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Tertiary Students course.|Essay 1: Reflective Essay (5%)|Other unit requirements: Hand Hygiene Australia Student Health Practitioner Modules|Essay 2 – Academic essay (5%)
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