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 a general description of structure and function of organ systems. This unit also 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 range of patient populations and explore meanings and determinants of health, and understand the role that a medical practitioner plays in the Australian health care system and the wider Australian community, including ethical considerations. 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 Faculty of Health, 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
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Derek Choi-Lundberg

Teaching staff

Teaching staff include academic and honorary clinical staff of the School of Medicine.

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $5,577.00 2020: $36,224.00 060101

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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.


Assessment includes Examinations, Assignments and Other Unit Requirements.


A mid-semester written examination and two written and one applied examinations at the end of semester. These examinations assess all aspects of the unit, using multiple choice, extended-matching, short answer and/or essay questions.


It is a requirement to submit all assignments as per the Unit Outline.

Other Unit Requirements:

Laboratory Safety Quiz, Personal and Professional Development Portfolio (PPD), Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Safety Program, Case-Based Presentations, submission of compliance documents, and current first aid certificate are described in the unit outline. These requirements include minimum satisfactory standards for many of the required items. The mark and grade for year 1 (CAM101 and CAM102 combined), derived from a weighted total of all examinations, essays and assignments, will be released at the end of semester two. In order to pass CAM101/102, a student must pass the weighted total of all examinations (mid-semester and end of semester) across the year, pass the weighted total of essays and assignments across the year and complete all other unit requirements satisfactorily.

Complete and pass Blended Mental Health First Aid for Tertiary Students course.  (Complete online modules, attend and participate in face-to-face workshop, and pass MHFA online assessment.  Upload certificate of completion to MyLO.)

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Information about any textbook requirements will be available during Orientation Week.

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