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HME101 - Medicine 1A

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Medicine Semester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):4
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Available to H311 Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery students only

Unit chair:

Scott McCoombe and Janet McLeod





Incompatible with:



Laptop Computer requirement

Students enrolled in the BMBS require a wireless-enabled, personal laptop computer* to undertake scheduled learning activities. Wireless access to the Deakin network is available within the teaching spaces of the Deakin Medical School.

* Information about minimum computer standards will be communicated to students upon acceptance into the BMBS.

Police Clearance and Working with Children requirements

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. Students will also be required to hold a current Working With Children Check and will also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience.

* Department of Human Services, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 26 May 2009.


HME101 represents Semester 1 of Year 1 of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) course and consists of a single unit of four credit points. The curriculum throughout the BMBS course is organised into four themes: Ethics, Law and Professionalism; Public Health Medicine; Doctor and Patient; and Knowledge of Health and Illness.

In order to comply with Commonwealth Department of Health requirements for rural clinical placements, all students will need to complete at least 4 weeks of a dedicated rural attachment within their clinical years. For students attached to Geelong and Eastern Health Clinical Schools throughout year 3 and 4, this is most likely to occur within the GP rotation in HME401 or the Elective/ Selective/Pre-internship program in HME402. There will likely be a necessity for directed Selective placements in the event that the rural criteria is not met during the preceding placements. John Flynn Scholarship placements occurring outside of Deakin semester periods cannot fulfil these requirements.

Ethics, Law and Professionalism (ELP)

The Ethics, Law, Professionalism and Communication theme provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills in health ethics, law and professionalism, and to apply these in the evaluation and management of issues in clinical practice, research, and health policy. Learning activities in this theme assist students in establishing life-long behaviours consistent with professional standards, and development of self-awareness, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Topics addressed in HME101 include: foundations of health law, ethics and professionalism; consent and confidentiality; collaborative practice; academic integrity..

Public Health Medicine (PHM)

The Public Health Medicine theme considers medicine from a population perspective and, using lecture and team-based learning formats, introduces skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, preventive medicine and public health so that students are confident in describing the burden of disease; social determinants of health; health systems and public health aspects of service delivery; and the role of the public health practitioner. A highlight of the PHM theme in HME101 is the Indigenous Cultural Immersion program.

Doctor and Patient (DP)

In the Doctor and Patient theme clinical tutors guide students to develop their clinical skills and competence in basic life support, communication skills, history-taking, medical interviewing, physical examination and minor clinical procedures using real patients, actors, models and manikins. 

Knowledge of Health and Illness (KHI)

The Knowledge of Health and Illness theme is delivered as an integrated program of biomedical and clinical classes, problem-based learning of illustrative medical cases; and a laboratory practical program. The topics covered in the HME101 Knowledge of Health and Illness theme are: 1) Human Biology − an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the body’s main organ systems, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and pharmacology; and, 2) Infection, Defence and Repair − an introduction to haematology, oncology, pathology, immunology, medical microbiology and relevant public health.


Assessment in the BMBS course is designed to demonstrate attainment of competency in biomedical and clinical knowledge, clinical skills and professional standards. While the relative amount of assessment among the four themes is in proportion to what each theme contributes to the curriculum of HME101, students must pass each KHI topic (50% of unit marks) and each of the DP (25% of unit marks), ELP (12.5% of unit marks) and PHM (12.5% of unit marks) themes as academic hurdles in order to be eligible for an overall pass grade in HME101. Standard setting is used to determine the pass score in written assessments. Students who are awarded a borderline fail result for a hurdle requirement will be considered for reassessment.

Note: Assessment in HME101 is an ungraded pass (UP) or Fail (N) grade only. 

Intra-semester assessment:

Ethics, Law and Professionalism:

  1. Satisfactory participation in ELP seminar activities (equivalent to 1250 words, 50% of theme marks);
  2. Satisfactory professionalism report from PBL facilitator (hurdle).

Public Health Medicine: Indigenous Cultural immersion assessment (1 x 1500 words, 25% of theme marks); class test (45 minutes, 25% of theme marks).

Doctor and Patient: Series of procedural skills assessed using Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) format (hurdle assessment). Students will complete logbook entries (AT1 - 30% of theme marks), a case presentation (AT2 - 30% of theme marks), and in-training assessments (AT3 and AT4 2 x 20% of theme marks) over the course of the semester.

Knowledge of Health and Illness: Human Biology topic (45 minute class test, 20% of topic marks). Infection, Defence and Repair topic (45 minute class test, 20% of topic marks). 

End of semester assessment:

Ethics, Law and Professionalism: Short essay explaining an ethico-legal issue in healthcare identified in the media (1250 words, 50% of theme marks).

Public Health Medicine: 90 minute examination (50% of theme marks)

Knowledge of Health and Illness: Human Biology topic (2 hour examination, 80% of topic marks). Infection, Defence and Repair topic (2 hour examination, 80% of topic marks).

Note: The Doctor and Patient theme does not involve end of semester assessment in HME101.

Prescribed texts

Students who are accepted into H311 Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery will be provided with a book list detailing prescribed and recommended textbooks. Students will also be directed to supplemental electronic resources within the Deakin University Library. Self-directed learning through investigations of the literature is an important learning strategy for all themes of the Deakin medical course.

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