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Foundations of Medicine 2 CAM102


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
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor William Cuellar
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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).

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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

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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 online 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 (10%)|Exam Paper 2 (10%)|Exam Paper 3 (9%)|Other Unit Requirements: Dissection Laboratory Rules MCQ quiz,|Exam Paper 4 (10%)|Other Unit Requirements - Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Portfolio entry|40% of the weighting for CAM101/102 is undertaken in Semester 1 (40%)|Other Unit Requirements - Community Partnership Program (Community Health Visit) participation.|Other Unit Requirements: Kids & Families Program (KFP) tasks|Other Unit Requirements: Clinical Practice competency assessment|Essay 3 – Academic Essay (5%)|Essay 4 – Reflective essay (5%)|Assignment in Evidence-based medicine (5%)|Other Unit Requirements – Case task presentations in CBL tutorial
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