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, inflammation, healing and ageing. Students will learn and develop communication skills for medical practice and become familiar with clinical diagnostic processes including vital signs. Students will learn how health, wellbeing, and illness are understood and experienced across different social contexts and cultures, by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples. Students will be introduced to public health research methods, as well as the Australian health system and the role of the medical professional as an advocate for social justice. 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, managing and using information, including scholarly research evidence.

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 Disclosures section requires the student to establish, with the University, their capacity to perform the mandatory functional requirements of the course in which they are enrolled. The Safety in Practice Agreement also requires the student to comply with the UTAS Behaviour Policy, agree to undertake a police (criminal record) check, working with vulnerable persons registration and provide evidence of their immunisation/vaccination status. Students enrolled in the Tasmanian School of Medicine are required to comply with these requirements prior to the allocation of, and participation in, professional experience placements (which includes community engagement activities) 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. Further information is available at the College of Health and Medicine PEP website:
Students who are unsure of the procedural guidelines should seek guidance from the School of Medicine.


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 an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* 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 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe core scientific knowledge and methods underpinning the practice of medicine, with a focus on cellular and selected pathological processes and the structure and function of the integumentary, immune, musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
  • Discuss and interpret scholarly research evidence in medical practice.
  • Using the Calgary-Cambridge framework, take a simple medical history from a patient, and summarise and report this information to a health professional.
  • Describe and demonstrate effective listening skills and communication with a patient.
  • Describe and perform a clinical examination of the limbs and back.
  • Describe how health and wellbeing are constructed in society.
  • Discuss the determinants of health and wellbeing in socially and culturally diverse populations and settings in the context of the Australian health system.
  • Explain the principles and values of ethics, professionalism, leadership and self-care in medical practice.
  • Demonstrate respectful relationships and undertake self-reflection as a medical student.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$5,900.00 $5,900.00 not applicable $38,036.00

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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Admission to H3X OR (M3N)


Teaching Pattern

Online materials 10 hours weekly; Face-to-face class 10 hours weekly; Rural week 40 hours

AssessmentTwo MCQ/EMQ quizzes (4%)|Exam Paper 1 (6%)|Exam Paper 2 (6%)|Exam Paper 3 (6%)|Exam Paper 4 (6%)|60% of the weighting for CAM101/102 is undertaken in Semester 2 (60%)|Professional Portfolio (2%)|Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshop|Rural Week Program|Oral Presentation|Essay 1: Reflective Essay (5%)|Essay 2 – Academic essay (5%)|Clinical skills assessment
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