Courses & Units

Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1 CAM201

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (40 hours) during the allocated PEP, and must be prepared to undertake a range of shifts – morning, evening and nightshift, which may include weekends, as per roster provided by the healthcare agency. Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available. 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.

PEP dates MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.


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. 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 Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1
Unit code CAM201
Credit points 50
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine|Mathematics
Coordinator Doctor James Crane
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the normal development, structure, and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and immune systems.
  • Describe the aetiology, pathogenesis, and pharmacological management of diseases affecting the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and immune systems.
  • Apply and interpret descriptive and basic inferential statistics, methods, and analysis in medical research.
  • Take and summarise a comprehensive medical history and perform a full clinical examination of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems.
  • Integrate and interpret findings from a patient’s history and examination, to arrive at an initial assessment including a relevant differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate effective communication of information with a patient (including investigation results and lifestyle recommendations), using appropriate language and diagrams or other aides as appropriate.
  • Use the principles of social justice to discuss strategies for the detection, prevention, and control communicable and non-communicable diseases within socially and culturally diverse populations and settings.
  • Apply ethical and professional principles to learning scenarios in medical practice.
  • Engage in self-reflection and personal development and demonstrate professional behaviours as a medical student. .

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060101 $6,360.00 $6,360.00 not applicable $39,936.00

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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Teaching Pattern

Approximately 20 hours per week of face to face and online learning activity. The unit is organised around weekly cases consisting of lectures/presentations, facilitated small group learning sessions, practicals and tutorials. The number of hours varies each week depending on the number of lectures and practical sessions. Students will attend clinical attachments and community organisations over the course of the semester. Students must be available full time Monday - Friday with some compulsory out of hours activities scheduled throughout the semester.

AssessmentCBL Case Oral Presentations|Kids and Families Program|OSCE|Pharmacology Logbook Interview|Professional Portfolio|Assignment and presentation (5%)|In semester tests (5%)|Written assignment (5%)|Applied Examination (9%)|Written Paper 1 (11%)|Written Paper 2 (12%)|53% of the weighting for CAM201/202 is undertaken in Semester 2 (53%)
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