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Unit details

HME102 -

Medicine 1B

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:

Scott McCoombe


Must have passed HME101


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.


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 and Professional Development; 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 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 in HME102 builds upon the teachings of Semester 1 by introducing three further important topics. These are 1) Epidemiology, 2) Healthy Communities and, 3) Nutrition and Obesity.

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 in HME102 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 each system studied are introduced.


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), 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 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.

Intra-semester assessment:

Ethics, Law and Professional Development: Community Health essay (1500 words, 15% of theme marks); Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care (ICHC) online modules and corresponding reflective assessment (15% of theme marks); Satisfactory Professionalism report from PBL tutor (hurdle).

Public Health Medicine: Epidemiology assignment (1500 words, 25% of theme marks) and a 45 minute class test (25% of theme marks).

Doctor and Patient: Students will complete a reflective journal (20% of theme marks), logbook entries (20% of theme marks), a case presentation (20% of theme marks), and in-training assessment forms (2 x 20% of theme marks) during the course of the semester.

Knowledge of Health and Illness: Cardiorespiratory topic (45 minute class test, 20% of topic marks). Renal/Gastro 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: No end of semester assessment

Knowledge of Health and Illness: Cardiorespiratory topic (2 hour examination, 80% of topic marks). Renal/Gastro topic (2 hour examination, 80% of topic marks).

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.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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