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HME301 - Medicine 3A

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:

Karen Dwyer





Incompatible with:



  1. ^Students enrol at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) but will be based at one of the following Clinical Schools: Eastern Health, Geelong, Rural Community, Warrnambool or Ballarat.
  2. The third year of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) course consists of two integrated semester units of four credit points each (HME301 and HME302). Semester 1 enrolled credit points, 4; achievable credit points at the end of Semester 1, 0.
  3. Upon completion of HME301 students are awarded an initial grade of RP (Result not applicable) and are graded for both units at the completion of HME302.

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. To satisfy the requirements of health organisations where students will undertake their clinical learning experience, students are required to hold a current Working With Children Check and to declare their immunisation status.

* Department of Human Services, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 19 September 2014.


HME301 represents the first half (Semester 1) of Year 3 of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) course. Year 3 consists of two semester-long units, which are combined into an integrated year-long program of study of 8 credit points. In Year 3, the majority of students begin a two-year clinical attachment to one of five clinical schools and continue their study of the four themes of the BMBS. During Year 3, students will typically undertake the equivalent of 24 hours of clinical activity, 8 hours of formal teaching activities and 8 hours of private study each week.

The four themes of the BMBS continue in Year 3. Teaching in the Knowledge of Health and Illness (KHI) and Doctor and Patient (DP) themes are fully integrated, comprising 75% of the Year 3 curriculum and assessment. During Year 3, students undertake six 7-week rotations at hospitals and other sites attached to the clinical schools: Medicine, Surgery, Musculoskeletal/Medicine, Children’s Health, Women’s Health and Mental Health. The Disciplines of Pathology, Pharmacology and Imaging are integrated across all six rotations. Three rotations are completed in Semester 1 (HME301) and three in Semester 2 (HME302). As the order of clinical rotations varies for individual cohorts of students, the grading of HME301 is combined with HME302 (Semester 2) so that a year grade is awarded only after assessments in all rotations and themes have occurred.

The Ethics, Law, Professionalism and Communication (ELPC) and Public Health Medicine (PHM) themes each comprise 12.5% of the Year 3 curriculum and its assessment. Teaching in these themes is integrated into the clinical rotations with additional study modules addressing a range of thematic topics. Each year a group of students will be attached to a rural general practice where they will complete a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship with the Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS) in which the material contained in the six clinical rotations (including Pathology, Pharmacology and Imaging) is studied concurrently during a year-long attachment to a regional general practice. RCCS students study the same curriculum and undertake the same assessment as hospital-based students.

In order to comply with Commonwealth Department of Health requirements for rural clinical placements, at least 50% of 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. John Flynn Scholarship placements occurring outside of Deakin semester periods cannot fulfil these requirements.


Student performance in HME301 and HME302 is assessed using a numerical scale of marks from 0-100% and graded as High Distinction (80% and over), Distinction (70%-79%), Credit (60-69%), Pass (50%-59%) or Fail (below 50%).

There are a number of formative assessment tasks (including a mid-year Progress Test), which do not contribute to the final mark. At the completion of HME301 students will receive an initial mark of RP (result not applicable), which upon successful completion of HME302 will be converted to a single mark and grade for the two integrated units.

Grades will be calculated using the following weightings:

  1. End of Year 3 Progress Test = 37.5% of mark (100% of Knowledge of Health and Illness theme)
  2. End of Year 3 OSCE =  30% of mark (80% of Doctor and Patient theme)
  3. Rotations / Rural Community Clinical School ongoing assessments = 7.5% of mark (20% of Doctor and Patient theme)
  4. Ethics, Law and Professionalism ongoing assessments = 12.5% of mark
  5. Public Health Medicine ongoing assessments = 12.5% of mark

Students are required to satisfactorily complete all rotations and must pass each theme, rotation, and the end of Year 3 OSCE to progress to HME401. Students are required to meet the attendance requirements of each of the six clinical rotations during HME301 and HME302 (or within the RCCS program) and to demonstrate competence in clinical assessments and assessment tasks associated with the ELP and PHM themes during each rotation. Students who do not meet these requirements will be reviewed by the Academic Progress Committee, who will arrange support and/or further assessment as appropriate.

Rotation marks will be determined by combining results from intrarotational DP assessment, performance in rotation specific MCQs from the Year 3 Progress test and performance in rotation specific OSCE stations.

To pass the OSCE a student must pass a minimum of 7 out of 12 stations and an overall pass for the determined 12 station OSCE score. A pass in an OSCE station is defined as a score equal to or greater than the cut score for that station. Students who do not achieve a pass score will be reviewed by the Academic Progress Committee. The Academic Progress Committee may consider further assessment. For further detail see the course progression rules. 

Ethics, Law and Professionalism

The Ethics, Law and Professionalism (ELP) theme constitutes 12.5% of the marks for HME301 and HME302. Assessment for ELP is integrated across HME301 and HME302, and consists of:

  1. Educational video presentation addressing an issue in quality and safety for junior doctors (pair work) (approx. 10min; 20% of theme marks, equivalent to 1000 words per student) and self and peer assessment (10% of theme marks, 500 words).
  2. Written report investigating an issue in health ethics, law or professionalism (40% of theme marks, 2000 words).
  3. Appraisal of personal professional development with plan for future learning (30% of theme marks, 1500 words).
  4. Satisfactory completion of the Professional Competence Process (hurdle requirement).

Public Health Medicine

The Public Health Medicine (PHM) theme constitutes 12.5% of the marks for HME301 - HME302. PHM in HME301 focuses on the application of knowledge and development of skills in public health to a clinical setting. Assessment involves two submissions: a 750 word Indigenous Health report (50%) and a 1250 word written report (50%)

Doctor and Patient

The Doctor and Patient (DP) theme constitutes 37.5% of the marks for HME301 and HME302. DP is assessed both within each individual clinical rotation (combined value of 20% of total DP mark) and by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) of material covered in HME301 and HME302 at the end of Year 3 (80% of the total DP mark). Intra-rotation assessment has four components, the weighting of which varies slightly between rotations:*

a.    ‘Case Synthesis’

The precise format and weighting will vary between rotations and may take the form of long case presentations, case journey, oral or written case commentaries or analyses.

b.    ‘Clinical Skills Assessment’

The precise format and weighting will vary between rotations and may take the form of a brief clinical examination during a ward round, a brief history and clinical assessment of a patient in the mini-clinical evaluation exercise, (mini-CEX) format).

c.    'Clinical Challenges'

Skills or activities that are considered vital components of the rotation.

d.    'Log Book'

Each student will be required to record clinical activities and procedures in a log book, (for example, performing an electrocardiogram, inserting an intravenous line).

*Students enrolled in the RCCS program will undertake comparable assessment within the DP theme to that outlined above for hospital-based students. Namely, case synthesis components, OSCE preparation components and logbook components for each of the six rotation disciplines. Due to the integrated delivery of disciplines in the RCCS program the precise format of some assessments within the RCCS program may vary from hospital-based rotations. The end of Year 3 OSCEs comprise of multiple stations which assess all six clinical rotations undertaken during HME301 and HME302 (0.5 day clinical examination). Standard setting will be used to determine a pass score for each station and an overall pass grade. Students who fail the OSCE will be awarded a fail (N) grade for HME301 and HME302. Students who fail will be required to repeat all components of Year 3

Knowledge of Health and Illness

The Knowledge of Health and Illness (KHI) theme constitutes 37.5% of the marks for HME301. There will be no summative assessment of KHI during HME301. Instead, a combined mark for HME301 and HME302 will be awarded based on performance in a 3 hour MCQ summative Progress Test at the end of Year 3.

Students will sit a 3 hour MCQ formative Progress Test during the School of Medicine Semester 1 examination period. The Progress Test will assess material covered in the six Year 3 clinical rotations and the four Year 4, Semester 1 rotations. Standard setting will be used to determine a pass score on the Progress Test for students completing HME301. Pass scores will also be determined for each clinical rotation completed during HME301 and for Pathology, Pharmacology and Imaging by addition of marks for all questions relevant to that rotation or discipline. Students who are borderline will be reviewed by the Academic Progress Committee; additional support during HME302 will be arranged as appropriate.

Prescribed texts

Students who are accepted into H311 Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery 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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