• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Medicine
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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A masters level course offered by the ANU Medical School as part of the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD).

This course is the first semester of the four year Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) program.  The MChD provides an integrated spiral curriculum to progressively develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of medical graduates to practice safely and ethically as junior doctors within internship programs at accredited teaching hospitals. 

During your study you will progress through a series of Curriculum Blocks.  Block 1 forms the whole of MEDI8011.  During Block 1 you will be introduced to the basic concepts, language and skills required to progress your learning in the Themes (Medical Sciences, Clinical Skills, Professionalism and Leadership, Population Health) and Frameworks (Indigenous Health, Social Foundations, Rural Health and Research) that are the bases of the curriculum.

Course Structure and Content

Block 1: Foundation Block

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Block 1: Foundation Block

By the end of Block 1, you will:

• Have acquired the concepts, language and foundation skills needed to use problem-based learning effectively, and to advance your learning during the remainder of Phase 1.

• Be able to describe in general terms, the constituents of cells and the function of the organelles; the transcription of genes and translation of proteins; the structure and function the different tissues and organs.

• Comprehend and describe how a person comes to perceive themselves as well or unwell within different contexts and cultural settings.

• Be able to define the principles of evidence-based practise and explain why medical practitioners have an obligation to contribute to knowledge.

• Recognise that ethical principles, respect for difference, and professional attitudes and behaviour are fundamental to all components of medical practice.

• Be able to discriminate among and recognise appropriate methods of knowledge acquisition to meet your own learning needs.

Indicative Assessment

During MEDI8011 students will undertake periodic formative assessments during the semester and end of semester summative assessments.

Examination (100% to the final grade)

- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) (30%)

- Case-based Modified Essay Questions (Minicase) (40%)

- Short answer questions (30%)

- Clinical Skill Progress Reviews / Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (Hurdle requirement)

Coursework requirements (Hurdle requirement)

- Must meet 85% attendance at Clinical Skills Tutorials and Problem based Learning Tutorials

- Must be in good standing with Professional Behaviours Committee

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Students are expected to devote a minimum of 40 hours per week to scheduled course activities and independent study.  Scheduled activities, some of which have minimum compulsory attendance requirements, comprise 20-22 hours per week.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to http://medicalschool.anu.edu.au/students/


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $28416
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $36240
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3551 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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