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Unit details

HME201 -

Medicine 2A

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:

Daniel McCulloch


Must have passed HME102


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.


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 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 in HME201 curriculum is divided into the following blocks: 1) Issues at the Start and End of Life − covers issues related to genetic medicine, obstetric and paediatric ethics and law, the ethics of chronic disease and the grief process; 2) Patient Safety and Quality Management − covers quality and safety guidelines for patient care, managing and reporting risks and hazards, and medical records and medico-legal reporting; 3) Professional Responsibilities and Obligations − covers standards of clinical care, reasoning and clinical decisions, and research ethics and regulations; 4) Professional Behaviours and Relationships – covers regulatory and ethical behaviour, attitudes and skills expected of doctors. Students are also required to complete the requirements of an Inter-professional Education Module comprising successful completion of a cloud (online) study program run in parallel with HBS345 Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care (ICIH).

Public Health Medicine (PHM)
The Public Health Medicine theme in HME201 applies introductory epidemiology and biostatistics to the development of skills in the formulation and testing of research questions. It strengthens understanding of and commitment to evidence-based practice and builds on the key public health concepts necessary for delivering healthcare to diverse populations in a variety of physical, economic, socio-cultural and policy environments.

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. Topics covered in HME201 Knowledge of Health and Illness theme are: 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; 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), 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 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 Professional Development: (ICHC module): engagement in online case conference stream activities 30% of theme marks; Satisfactory Professionalism report from PBL tutor (hurdle).

Public Health Medicine: Team research proposal 40% of theme marks, and an in-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 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: Endocrine and Life Cycle - class test (45 minutes) 20% of topic marks, Musculoskeletal and Metabolism - class test (45 minutes) 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 (40% 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: Endocrine and Life Cycle - examination (2 hours) 80% of topic marks, Musculoskeletal and Metabolism - examination (2 hours) 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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