Courses & Units
Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1 CAM201
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 CAM201 an IC (Interim Completion) grade is awarded because of the year long nature of some assessments. The result for year two (CAM201 and CAM202 combined) will be released at the end of semester two.
CAM201 has a focus on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and the basic medical sciences are taught in parallel with clinically focussed material which includes issues relating to population health, health systems and ethics and professionalism. The second year will provide the foundation for a more integrated patient-centred approach to medicine, which will be further developed and emphasised in following years. Communication and clinical skills are introduced, and students will develop history taking and clinical examination skills in parallel with the systems covered. Case Based Learning (CBL) activities will develop clinical reasoning skills and integrate material from all aspects of the curriculum. Students will also be introduced to important concepts related to data analysis and statistics. The Kids and Families Program (KFP) continues with students visiting their assigned families twice during first semester.
|Unit name||Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
|Coordinator||Doctor James Crane|
|Available as an elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Describe normal development (embryology), macroscopic (anatomy) and microscopic (histology) structure and function (biochemistry and physiology). (AMC 1.1)
- Describe the aetiology, pathogenesis, pathological features (macroscopic and microscopic) and pathophysiology of diseases (including infectious disease). (AMC 1.3)
- Describe normal haematopoiesis and coagulation and the aetiology, clinical presentation, and laboratory diagnosis of abnormalities in the full blood count (including anaemia) and coagulopathies. (AMC 1.1, 1.3)
- Describe relationships of normal renal physiology with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and pathophysiological interaction between these systems in disease. (AMC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3)
- Describe and interpret the relevant medical imaging and laboratory investigations (including the appropriate collection of microbiological specimens and blood for laboratory analysis) used to diagnose, monitor, and assess the severity of diseases. (AMC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.5)
- Describe the prevention and management of common diseases including the use of lifestyle modification, medical (pharmacological) and surgical interventions, and the therapeutic role of blood products. (AMC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.9, 2.10)
- Describe the normal hormonal control of reproduction and the pharmacological principles of hormone manipulation in contraception. (AMC 1.1, 2.11)
- Relate the underlying pathology and pathophysiology to clinical presentation of disease. (AMC 1.2, 1.3)
- Demonstrate the ability to take a relevant clinical history for common presentations related to the body systems listed above. (AMC 2.1, 2.2)
- Perform physical examination of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. (AMC 2.3)
- Demonstrate effective management of the medical interview process in a variety of situations. (AMC 2.1, 2.2)
- Demonstrate effective communication of information (including investigation results and general lifestyle recommendations) to a patient, using appropriate language and terminology. (AMC 2.1, 2.8, 2.9)
- Integrate and interpret findings from the history and examination, to arrive at an initial assessment including a relevant differential diagnosis. Discriminate between possible differential diagnoses, justify the decisions taken and describe the processes for evaluation. (AMC 2.4)
- Summarise and present different types of data commonly encountered in the medical sciences to clearly assess a hypothesis. Describe differences in the scope of inference associated with data collected as part of an experiment versus an observational study. Demonstrate an understanding of the hypothesis(es) assessed, and the key assumptions made, when performing commonly adopted statistical approaches applied in medical research (AMC 1.5, 1.6)
- Apply and interpret descriptive and basic inferential statistics in medical research data sets and primary medical research articles. (AMC 1.4)
- Accept responsibility to protect and advance the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and populations. (AMC 3.1)
- Explain global and national issues related to health and wellbeing, and describe strategies for the detection, prevention, and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases in diverse populations and communities. (AMC 3.2)
- Understand and describe the factors that contribute to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including history, spirituality and relationship to land, epidemiology, social and political determinants of health, and experiences with health care. (AMC 3.4)
- Explain and evaluate common population health screening and prevention approaches, including the use of technology for surveillance and monitoring of the health status of populations. Explain environmental and lifestyle health risks and advocate for healthy lifestyle choices. (AMC 3.5)
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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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PrerequisitesCAM101 AND CAM102
Online materials 10 hours weekly; Face-to-face class 10 hours weekly
|Assessment||CBL Case Presentation|Clinical skills assessment|Kids and Families Program|PPD Portfolio|Pharmacology Logbook Interview|Assignment and presentation (4%)|Written assignment (4%)|2 x in-semester online tests (worth 2.5% each) (5%)|Applied Examination (9%)|Written Paper 1 (11%)|Written Paper 2 (12%)|55% of the weighting for CAM201/202 is undertaken in Semester 2 (55%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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