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HME102 - Medicine 1B

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Medicine Semester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):4
EFTSL value:0.500
Cohort rule:

Available to H311 Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery students only

Unit chair:

Erik Martin and Sophie Tobias


Must have passed HME101



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.


HME102 represents Semester 2 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, Professionalism and Communication; 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 and Professionalism 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 HME102 may include: ethico-legal issues relating to end-of-life care, public health, complex consent, self-care, quality and safety, and obligations regarding professional boundaries, mandatory reporting, documentation, and certification.

Public Health Medicine (PHM)

The Public Health Medicine theme in HME102 further enhances skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, preventive medicine and public health by focusing on community health, nutrition and obesity and evidence-based medicine. By the end of the semester you will understand how to describe, measure and differentiate disease patterns and you will be able to confidently interpret and use medical evidence.

Doctor and Patient (DP)

In the Doctor and Patient theme in HME102 Clinical Tutors guide students to continue their development of clinical skills and competence in history-taking, physical examination and clinical procedures, linking with the relevant systems studied in the Knowledge of Health and Illness theme.

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 HME102 Knowledge of Health and Illness theme are: 1) Cardiovascular and Respiratory - an introduction to the anatomy, physiology, and major pathologies of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and, 2) Renal and Gastrointestinal - an introduction to the anatomy, physiology and major pathologies of the renal and gastrointestinal systems.


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 HME102, 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 HME102. 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 HME102 is an ungraded pass (UP) or Fail (N) grade only.


Note: repeating students need to complete all assessments across the whole semester and themes. Students are not permitted to submit previously submitted work.


Intra-semester assessment:

Ethics, Law and Professionalism:

  1. Short answer scenario-based written class test (1 hour, 40% of theme marks)
  2. Satisfactory professionalism report from PBL facilitator (hurdle).


Public Health Medicine: Epidemiology assignment (2000 words, 30% of theme marks) class test (45 minutes, 20% 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 (30% of theme marks), a case presentation (30% of theme marks), and in-training assessment forms (ITA) (2 x 20% of theme marks) during the course of the semester.


Knowledge of Health and Illness: Cardiovascular and Respiratory topic (45 minute class test, 20% of topic marks). Renal & Gastrointestinal topic (45 minute class test, 20% of topic marks).


End of semester assessment:

Ethics, Law and Professionalism: Essay addressing an ethico-legal issue in the context of health professionalism (1500 words, 60% of theme marks).


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


Knowledge of Health and Illness: Cardiovascular and Respiratory topic (2 hour examination, 80% of topic marks). Renal & Gastrointestinal topic (2 hour examination, 80% of topic marks).


Note: the Doctor and Patient theme does not involve end of semester assessment in HME102.

Prescribed texts

Students will be provided with a booklist 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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