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HME101 - Medicine 1A

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:

Sharyn Milnes


Laptop Computer requirement

Students enrolled in the BMBS require a wireless-enabled, personal laptop computer* to undertake scheduled learning activities. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment. 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 Professional Development; Public Health Medicine; Doctor and Patient; and Knowledge of Health and Illness.


Ethics, Law and Professional Development (ELPD)

The Ethics, Law and Professional Development theme provides opportunities for students to reflect on their development as medical professionals and learn about the ethical and legal foundations of medical practice. Topics include the therapeutic relationship, quality and safety, professionalism and regulation and mindfulness. An ongoing personal and professional development project involves groups of students visiting community health professionals, facilities and organisations.


Public Health Medicine (PHM)

The Public Health Medicine theme addresses the wider context in which patient care occurs. Topics covered highlight the relevance of individual and social factors influencing health and wellbeing from a public health perspective.  HME101 introduces four important concepts: 1) Burden of Disease, 2) Determinants of Health, 3) Health Systems and Delivery, and 4) Public Health Practitioner


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), ELPD (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 Professional Development: Group Project (equivalent of 2000 words, 30% of theme marks). Satisfactory Professionalism report from PBL tutor (hurdle).

Public Health Medicine: cultural immersion assessment (1 x 1500 words, 25% of theme marks) and 1 x 45 minute in-class test (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 reflective journals, logbook entries, a case presentation, and in-training assessment forms over the course of the semester which will be collated into the Portfolio assessment at the end of 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 Professional Development: 90 minute examination (70% of theme marks).


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


Doctor and Patient: Holistic review of Portfolio (weighting 100% of theme marks) containing case presentation (20% of theme marks), reflective journals (20% of theme marks), logbook (20% of theme marks) and in-training assessment forms (2 x 20% 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).

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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