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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester (extended) 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester (extended) 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester (extended) 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor David Campbell and Dr Bruce Osbourne


GMC4051 will enable students to develop their understanding of medicine from general practice and Medicine of the Mind perspectives. Discipline specific clinical skills, practical techniques and procedures and underpinning knowledge will be linked to the clinical settings. Index cases will integrate key knowledge, skills and techniques applicable across disciplines. Upon completion, students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in selected clinical skills and practices and core knowledge of common and important clinical syndromes and the bio-psycho-social treatment modalities that can be applied. Evidence-based Clinical Practice (EBCP), Health Economics and Health Systems Management will be integrated into this unit.


On successful completion of Year C, for each of the key discipline areas, students are expected to be able to:
Theme I: Personal and Professional Development

  1. Demonstrate appropriate communication, and interpersonal and professional skills for hospital and community clinical settings;
  2. Recognise legal and ethical issues relevant to the practice of medicine;
  3. Recognise the principles of team-work, and the role of doctors in clinical teams.
Theme II: Population, Society, Health and Illness
  1. Explain the economic perspective on health issues and health care;
  2. Critique evaluations of a health intervention;
  3. Identify organisational factors which impact on patient care and participate in quality improvement processes;
  4. Identify the impact of public health policy on the delivery of health care to the individual;
  5. Identify relevant programs and community resources available to patients and their families;
  6. Identify relevant approaches to health education, illness prevention and rehabilitation.
Theme III: Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice
  1. Apply the knowledge and concepts of basic biological, psychological and social science to common and important clinical conditions;
  2. Identify biological, psychological and social factors pertinent to understanding the illness and its management;
  3. Identify common and important illnesses, conditions and disorders.
Theme IV: Clinical Skills
  1. Elicit and record an accurate clinical history appropriate for the patients and the clinical context;
  2. Perform and accurately record an appropriate physical examination;
  3. Develop differential diagnoses and formulate problems;
  4. Competently perform selected clinical practices, techniques and procedures;
  5. Formulate appropriate patient-centred management plans and discuss management issues;
  6. Identify appropriate and cost-effective investigation strategies.


Assessments are continuous and will be both formative and summative. Formative assessments will include written instruments such as EMQs and short answer questions linked with case based learning scenarios together with observation of clinical skills and completion of a clinical skills logbook.
Students will be expected to demonstrate satisfactory performance in clinical skills activities during clinical attachments in order to pass the unit. Summative assessment may include written examinations (EMQ, MCQ, short answer), oral presentations and OSCEs. Full details of assessment instruments and weightings will be notified at the start of the year.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Shane Bullock

Contact hours

The typical weekly workload will be approximately 10 hours of highly structured formal contact time comprised of structured small group learning, clinical skills sessions, tutorials and web-based learning packages plus a further 20 hours of unstructured learning activities such as bedside tutorials, clinical teaching in patient settings, ward rounds, and attending outpatient clinics. Students will be
expected to complete 18 hours of additional self-directed learning in clinical settings and private study to support their learning at their own discretion.


GMB3031, GMB3042. Must be enrolled in course code 3952.