• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Medicine
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Karin Messerle
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

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

MEDI8011, MEDI8012, MEDI8015, MEDI8020, MEDI8025 and either MEDI8022 or MEDI8023 form part of Phase 1 of the MCHD program.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe 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.
  2. Discuss the normal mechanisms of human anatomy physiology in health and describe the pathogenesis of disease states as presented within the curriculum.
  3. Comprehend and describe how a person comes to perceive themselves as well or unwell within different contexts and cultural settings.
  4. Define the principles of evidence-based practice and explain why medical practitioners have an obligation to contribute to knowledge.
  5. Discuss the ethical principles and professional attitudes and behaviour that are fundamental to all components of medical practice.

Work Integrated Learning


Other Information

Inherent Requirement Descriptors continued:

Insight into their own health and behaviour

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to recognise when they experience poor health and put in place effective processes to ensure their own health or behaviours do not pose a risk to others.

Cognition, critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Medical students will be expected to have an aptitude for problem solving, based on scientific principles to understand and solve the complex medical needs of patients, whilst also considering the context of the patient’s circumstances and the health system they are working in.

Team work

  • Medical students will be expected to work willingly and cohesively as part of a team, taking responsibility for their actions as well as recognising and respecting the skills of other professionals.

Physical and observational capabilities

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to acquire information, carry out a range of procedures suitable to their level of capability, and understand and carry out their role in assisting during a medical emergency.

Sustainable performance

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate both physical and mental performance at a consistent and sustained level to perform multiple tasks in an assigned period of time that provides safe and effective care without compromise.

Indicative Assessment

  1. During MEDI8011 students will undertake periodic formative assessments during the semester. (0) [LO null]
  2. Examination (100% to the final grade), made up of the following: (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) (30%) (null) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. - Case-based Modified Essay Questions (Minicase) (40%) (null) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. - Short answer questions (30%) (null) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  6. Clinical Skill Progress Reviews / Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (Hurdle requirement - must attend 85% or more of teaching sessions and must attempt all clinical skills assessments and pass 80% of assessed clinical competencies) (0) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Students develop a range of skills and knowledge over the course of the medical program to build the foundation for medical practice. A wide range of capabilities and attributes are required of doctors; some of which are inherent in the person, and some developed and learnt during medical training and lifelong learning as a medical practitioner. Inherent requirements for the ANU Doctor of Medicine and Surgery are guided by the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand Inclusive Medical Education guidance note:


Communication skills – verbal, non-verbal and written

  • Medical students will be expected to communicate effectively and sensitively with a range of different people to establish rapport, involve patients and carers in decision making, and practise in a culturally safe way to deliver high quality, safe care. This applies to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the capability to use these different modes to elicit information from people, often under pressure and in difficult situations.


  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate capabilities consistent with those of a medical professional, including a commitment to making the care of patients their priority, and to practise safely and effectively, treat people with dignity and respect, and be aware of the limits of their own knowledge, skills and health. They will also be required to comply with the law, regulations and any other university codes or policies.

Insight into their own health and behaviour

Cognition, critical thinking and problem solving skills

Team work

Physical and observational capabilities

Sustainable performance

(See the Other Information for the full descriptors of the final five areas).

It should be recognised that there may be cases where students will not be able to meet the requirements of the program, even with reasonable adjustments. Steps should then be taken by university staff to provide guidance on other study options available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (8950XMCHD) and concurrently enrolled in MEDI8015.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the Class Summary


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $21120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $45072
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2861 29 Jan 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 14 Jun 2024 In Person View

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