Courses & Units

Fundamentals of Clinical Science 3 CAM304



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.


CAM304 continues medical science teaching and introduces clinical rotations that continue across the year. The fundamentals of systems-based clinical science in CAM304 includes neuroscience, head and neck anatomy, endocrinology and pathology. Students commence clinical rotations in hospital and community settings, integrating their scientific knowledge with clinical practice, developing their skills in history taking, diagnostic reasoning, 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) which are completed across semester 1 (CAM304) and semester 2 (CAM305). In addition to discipline-specific teaching, the rotations introduce students to the hospital setting, diagnostic reasoning, investigations and simple management plans. Other teaching in CAM304 includes the Heath and Society, Research skills, Kids and Families and Forensic Autopsy programs. Students also commence planning for the capstone project that will run in Years 4-5 of the medical program.

Special Note: 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 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 student elective? No
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 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) 31/1/2022 1/3/2022 16/4/2022 26/6/2022

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained 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.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of the structure and function of the head and neck, nervous and endocrine systems to describe normal and pathological processes of these systems
  • Demonstrate basic integration of systems-based knowledge to complex and multisystem presentations including psychiatric illness, immunodeficiency, infectious disease, cancer, pain, travel medicine and refugee health.
  • Design appropriate scientific strategies to collect and analyse data to evaluate a research/professional practice question.
  • Elicit, interpret, and integrate information from medical history and examination findings in all body systems, including physical and mental health.
  • Use diagnostic reasoning to form an appropriate differential diagnosis.
  • For common medical presentations and problems, recommend relevant investigations and evidence-based management plans, including preventative care (physical and mental health), and role of other health care professionals in a multidisciplinary team
  • Perform procedural skills (immunisation, venepuncture, suturing) in a simulated setting.
  • Analyse and reflect on global, national and local population health, wellbeing and disease outcomes with special reference to equity, diversity and health advocacy across different elements of health systems
  • Identify the legal responsibilities of the medical profession and apply ethical principles to a variety of learning and clinical scenarios
  • Demonstrate ethical practice, self-reflection, leadership and collaboration as a medical student
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060101 $5,700.00 $5,700.00 not applicable

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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.

AssessmentIn Semester Tests (6%)|Written Exam (6%)|Written exam (18%)|Note - the remaining assessments are undertaken in CAM305 (70%)|Kids and Families Program Report|Professional Portfolio|Literature Review
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