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Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2 CAM202

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. 


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. 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 $5,900.00 $5,900.00 not applicable $38,036.00

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Teaching Pattern

Online materials 10 hours; Face-to-face class 10 hours; Rural week 40 hours

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