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HME201 - Medicine 2A

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Medicine Semester 1: 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:

Nicole Stupka and Colin Warren


Must have passed HME102



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.


HME201 represents Semester 1 of the Year 2 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 and Professionalism theme in HME201 introduces students to issues of justice in healthcare, and establishes their core knowledge and skills in research ethics. Other topics covered may include issues in reproductive health and paediatrics, conscientious objection, competency, and professionalism in prescribing. Students will also participate in a three-week online interprofessional collaborative case conference activity with students from other courses within the Faculty of Health.


Public Health Medicine (PHM)

The Public Health Medicine theme in HME201 applies introductory epidemiology and biostatistics to the formulation and testing of research questions. It strengthens the understanding of and commitment to evidence-based practice. Solutions to complex public health problems are unpacked through a series of lectures on clinical, behavioural and environmental level interventions and the theory and practice of public health advocacy is introduced. Learning is enhanced through practical sessions on surveillance and media, invited lectures by renowned public health practitioners, a practice-based assessment on developing a research expression of interest, and an assessment task on applying advocacy skills to a contemporary public health issue.

Doctor and Patient (DP)

The Doctor and Patient theme in HME201 Clinical Tutors guide students to continue their development of clinical skills and competence in history-taking, physical examination and minor 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. Important community and public health issues related to diseases of the system studied are introduced. There are two topics covered in the HME201 Knowledge of Health and Illness theme. 1) Endocrine and Life Cycle covers embryology, physical and psychosocial development from birth to old age, ageing, the structure and function of the endocrine and reproductive systems, the nature of hormones, control mechanisms affecting fertility and pregnancy in normal and pathological conditions, and the clinical manifestations, complications and treatment of some common endocrine and reproductive disorders, and 2)  Musculoskeletal and Metabolism covers the normal structure and functions of the musculoskeletal system at macroscopic and microscopic levels and the causes and consequences of common injuries to the musculoskeletal system, the basic processes underlying the normal and abnormal development and the pathogenesis and investigations of common diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system, metabolism and associated diseases, issues related to workplace injuries, societal impact of musculoskeletal disabilities and rehabilitation.


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 HME201, 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 HME201. 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 HME201 is an ungraded pass (UP) or Fail (N) grade only.


Intra-semester assessment:

Ethics, Law and Professionalism:

  1. Satisfactory participation in Collaborative Practice Case activities (equiv. 750 words, 30% of theme marks);
  2. Satisfactory professionalism report from PBL facilitator (hurdle)
  3. Group report ethically evaluating a research study (equiv. 500 words per student, 20% of theme marks).


Public Health Medicine: Research expression of interest (40% of theme marks), class test (45 minutes, 25% of theme marks) and a marketing and advocacy assignment (35% 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 assessment forms (AT3 and AT4 - 2 x 20% of theme marks) over the course of the semester.


Knowledge of Health and Illness: Endocrine and Life Cycle topic (45 minute class test, 20% of topic marks), Musculoskeletal and Metabolism topic (45 minute class test, 20% of topic marks).


End of semester assessment:

Ethics, Law and Professionalism: Satisfactory completion of Deakin Human Research Ethics Quiz (hurdle). Commentary paper addressing a practical health resource allocation issue examined in the bioethics literature (1250 words 50% theme marks).


Knowledge of Health and Illness: Endocrine and Life Cycle topic (2 hour examination, 80% of topic marks), Musculoskeletal and Metabolism topic (2 hour examination, 80% of topic marks).


Note: The Doctor and Patient and Public Health Medicine themes do not involve end of semester assessment in HME201.

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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