Courses & Units

Foundations of Medicine 2 CAM102

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


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.


This second foundations unit introduces the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, basic pathological processes including inflammation and neoplasia, common musculoskeletal and rheumatological diseases, antimicrobial and antiviral therapies, and laboratory diagnosis of infectious disease. Clinical cases focus on the bones, joints, muscles, and neurovascular supply of the upper and lower limbs and back. Building upon clinical practice skills from CAM101, history and examination skills for the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems will be developed. Students will learn about health policy, determinants of health, nutrition across the lifecycle, and medical research including biomedical, epidemiological, clinical and qualitative. This unit also explores the biopsychosocial, ethical and legal frameworks and community context of the provision of health care in Australia, including issues related to birth and early infancy in a family context, and social justice and inequalities in health. In addition, students will further develop skills and knowledge of self-care, professionalism, and reflective practice.

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 the student to agree to the Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct, agree to undertake a police (criminal record) check and to gain 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 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 PEPs. Further information is available at the PEPs 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 2
Unit code CAM102
Credit points 50
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Mr William Cuellar

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 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 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 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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).

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060101 $5,650.00 $5,650.00 not applicable $36,224.00

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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 online 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.


  • 3 x online, open-book MCQ/EMQ Domain 1 quizzes across the semester, each worth 2% (6% of full year total)
  • End of semester exams (4 x 2-hour) worth 10% + 10% + 10% + 9% = 39%.


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

Other Unit Requirements:

The requirements for the Dissection Lab Rules quiz, Kids and Families Program, Case task presentations (CBL), Clinical Practice Competency assessment, Personal and Professional Development Portfolio (PPD), Regional Communities Program (rural week) and Community Partnership Program (Community Health Visit) are listed 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.

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Information about any textbook requirements will be available during CAM101 Orientation Week and in the CAM101-102 unit outline.


Information about any textbook requirements will be available during CAM101 Orientation Week and in the CAM101-102 unit outline.

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