Courses & Units

Fundamentals of Clinical Science 3 CAM304

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.


At the completion of CAM304 an IC (Interim Completion) grade is awarded because of the year long nature of some assessments. The result for year two (CAM304 and CAM305 combined) will be released at the end of semester two.


CAM304 rounds out the fundamentals of systems-based clinical science, covering neuroscience, endocrinology and pathology. Concurrently, students undertake clinical rotations in hospital and community settings, integrating their scientific knowledge with clinical practice, developing their skills in history taking, examination and basic clinical procedures and extending their knowledge of professional ethics and the Australian health sector. Third year includes four clinical rotations: Medicine, Surgery, Primary Care, and Clinical Specialties (Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Child Health, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology). In addition to discipline-specific teaching, the rotations introduce students to the hospital setting, diagnostic reasoning, investigations and simple management plans. Special Note: Before commencing workplace learning outside of the University (including clinical placements and visits) students must demonstrate compliance with the relevant College of Health and Medicine and Tasmanian School of Medicine policies. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be allowed to commence or complete placements and therefore will not pass third year. Students who have not complied, or are unsure of the policies, should seek guidance from the School.


Unit name Fundamentals of Clinical Science 3
Unit code CAM304
Credit points 50
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Roslyn Malley
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only) On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only) On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only) 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 (MBBS Years 3-5 only) 29/1/2024 27/2/2024 12/4/2024 23/6/2024

* 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

  • Describe the legal and ethical rights and responsibilities of patients, health care consumers and medical practitioners in the regulation and provision of medical practice.
  • Understand the Australian Health Care system, specifically the roles of medical and allied health disciplines/providers, community and hospital-based resources, the interface between the hospital and community, and the roles of health care providers in health promotion, disease prevention and treatment.
  • Take a whole patient approach to healthcare, including family and community context, and recognise the roles of doctors, health professionals and community in multi-disciplinary care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical features of common medical problems in the disciplines of General Practice, General Medicine, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Psychiatry.
  • Further develop and demonstrate clinical and communication skills, including obtaining a comprehensive and/or focussed history; accurate elicitation of clinical signs; effective and appropriate written communications; and procedural skills defined in the Rotation Handbooks.
  • Develop and justify appropriate differential diagnoses and related management plans, including the rational and effective use of investigations, therapeutic interventions, and educational, preventative and multidisciplinary care strategies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to source, evaluate and communicate clinical and research evidence, use an evidence-based approach to healthcare practice and medical care.
  • Develop independence and self-direction in the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
  • Describe the structure and function of the nervous system in detail, including motor, somatosensory, auditory and visual systems.
  • Use knowledge of neuroanatomy and physiology to localise disorders of the nervous system, like spinal cord disorders, mononeuropathies and brain stem disorders.
  • Understand the anatomical and physiological basis of some clinical neurological examinations, like clinical examination of the visual fields.
  • Describe in detail the anatomy of the head and neck, including imaging and surface anatomy.
  • Describe the physiology and common pathophysiology of the endocrine system.
  • Describe and differentially diagnose some common pathologies of the nervous and endocrine systems including dementia, trauma, stroke, tumours and infections.
  • Describe the epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of tropical infectious disease in the returned traveller, pre-travel assessment and health problems that may be encountered in refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Describe the epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of common immune disorders, including HIV related disease, transplantation, and auto-immune disorders.
  • Describe the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of haemato-lymphoid malignancies and common solid cancers, including principles of cancer genetics.
  • Describe the impact of cancer on the patient, their family and community, patient-centric principles of care and symptom management for the dying patient, and end of life discussion.
  • Describe the ‘biopsychosocial’ approach to psychiatric illness, and the assessment, diagnosis and management of common psychiatric disorders.
  • Describe the ‘biopsychosocial’ approach to acute and chronic pain management including the roles of pharmacotherapy, psychology, psychiatry and physiotherapy.
  • Describe the legal and ethical responsibilities of medical practitioners in the provision of health care, including the Coroners Act, Public Health Act, Therapeutic Goods Act and Poisons Act under Tasmanian and/or Australian jurisdictions. Describe the rights and responsibilities of patients and consumers of health care services, and discuss ethical aspects of consent, patient restraint, certification, living wills and resuscitation, medical error and disclosure.
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Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.





Teaching Pattern

Approximately 25 hours per week of face to face and online learning activity, including placements. The number of hours varies each week depending on the number of lectures, practical sessions or placements.  Students must be available full time Monday - Friday with some compulsory out of hours activities scheduled throughout the semester.

AssessmentKFP Discussion and Case Report|OSCE|Professional Portfolio|Applied Exam (6%)|In Semester Tests (6%)|Written exam (18%)|Note - the remaining assessments are undertaken in CAM305 (70%)
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