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Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2 CAM202


CAM202 builds on preceding units by introducing the student to the gastrointestinal, renal, and reproductive systems. Students will explore clinical conditions associated with these systems and develop an understanding of the relevant basic medical sciences in the context of common clinical conditions associated with these systems. Students will learn history taking and clinical examination skills in relation to the gastrointestinal and renal systems and continue to develop skills in history taking and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Introductory clinical sessions on the reproductive systems will also occur. Through the CBL cases, students will further develop their diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. The unit will consolidate much of the knowledge and skills obtained in the preceding three units and provide the foundation for a more integrated and systems based approach to medicine and health care, which will be further developed and emphasised in following years.
Students will complete a ‘rural week’ placement in a rural district of the state during the semester.


Unit name Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2
Unit code CAM202
Credit points 50
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Associate Professor Guna Karupiah
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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

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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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).
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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 $5,700.00 $5,700.00 not applicable $36,224.00

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Teaching Pattern

The unit is organised around weekly cases consisting of lectures, presentations, small group learning sessions, practicals and tutorials. The number of hours varies each week depending on the number of lectures and practical sessions. This unit is web-dependent including on-line discussion and formative and summative assessment tasks. Students will develop clinical examination skills in a working environment. Students must be available full time Monday - Friday with some compulsory out of hours activities scheduled throughout the semester

Assessment2 x in-semester online tests (worth 2.5% each) (5%)|Written Paper 1 (12%)|Written Paper 2 (14%)|OSCE (6%)|Applied Examination (10%)|CBL cases and discussions|Kids and Families Program|Pharmacology Logbook Interview|PPD Portfolio|Clinical Competencies|Rural Week|Community Health Needs Assessment (4%)|Academic essay (4%)|45% of the weighting for CAM201/202 is undertaken in Semester 1 (45%)
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