Quick Guide for your First Course after Foundations

There are 8 courses in Phase 1 (plus foundations), divided into four domains. Each of the domains is repeated twice over phase 1, making an 'A' and 'B' cycle for each domain (one per year).

DomainMajor Themes
In a Nutshell

Society and Health
  • Society, culture and genes
  • Socioeconomic determinants of health
  • Health delivery systems
  • Health and human rights

Public health and public hospitals

Beginnings, Growth and Development
  • Conception, pregnancy and birth
  • Childhood growth and development
  • Puberty, adolescence, sexuality and relationships
  • Nutrition, growth, and body image

Big bellies, birth, babies, and brats

Health Maintenance and Management
  • Homeostasis, sustenance, and equilibrium
  • Education, health promotion, and disease prevention
  • Host defence
  • Lifestyle factors that risk health

Healthy living, heart attacks, and hepatitis

Ageing and Endings
  • Menopause
  • The ageing process
  • Degenerative disease
  • Death, dying and palliative care

Postmenopause, pathology (cancer), pain, and falling of the perch

Typical Structure of Each Course

  • 8 weeks:
    • Week 6: Individual assignment and group project due
    • Week 8: No class; Exam (Thursday)
  • 50 lectures (7 per week)
  • 15 science practicals (2 per week)
  • 14 scenario group sessions (2 per week)

Assessments in Each Course

  • End-of-Course Examination:
    • Multiple choice on lectures, multiple choice on practical, and extended response
    • Your WAM is determined exclusively by your examination marks
    • Not terribly difficult to pass, but very difficult to do well (don’t have expectations that are too high – in some courses only 1 or 2 people out of 500 get over 85%)
    • If you fail the examination (<47% for first course, <48% thereafter), you fail the course and will have to resit the examination in early 2010
    • You can also fail a course by failing to attend at least 80% of scenario group sessions, ethics tutorials (apparently), or clinical/communications sessions
  • Individual Assignment and Group Project:
    • Given P+, P, P- or F grade for each capability addressed in each assignment
    • After the portfolio examination, an actual numerical mark is determined by combining the grades in each assignment with the grades of your portfolio essay
    • This appears on your academic transcript

Relative Weighting of Phase 1 Components
For the award of academic honours (at the end of the degree)
  • End-of-Block Examinations (cumulative): 1/3
  • End-of-Phase Examination: 1/6
  • Portfolio Assessment: 1/3 (assignments and projects contribute towards this)
  • Clinical & Communication Skills Examination: 1/6

Typical End-Of-Course Examination Mark Distribution

Marks for Health Maintenance and Management B, 2008 (Phase 1 Newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 4 )

High Distinctions: 8
Distinctions: 101
Credits: 228
Passes and Pass Concededs: 158
Fails: 21

Study Planning

  • Don’t spend all of weeks 1-6 focussing mainly on assignments and projects – you will run out of time for exam study
  • If you are the sort of person who gets things done early:
    • Get stuck into your assignment and project work early and aim to have them finished after about 3 weeks (may be much harder for group projects)
    • Spend the rest of your time on lecture material
  • If you are the sort of person who leaves things until the last minute:
    • Spend the majority of your time in weeks 1-4 on lecture material
    • Then really focus on assignments and projects the 2 weeks before they are due
    • Then go back to the lecture material

What to Study

  • Technically, something cannot be examined unless it was covered in lecture material
  • You can pass without picking up a textbook
  • But, to do well, particularly in the extended response section, you will have to do reading outside of lectures
  • Items that are a topic of an assignment or project are generally not assessed in exams (at least not in extended response)

One Method of Studying Lecture Material

  • Write or type a dot-point summary of each lecture soon after you have attended it (filter out the rubbish)
  • With a few weeks before exam time:
    • Organise the lectures according to theme and scenario
    • Integrate the lecture material relating to each theme into a ‘summary-summary’
    • Examination questions revolve around scenarios
  • Anatomy is probably the main exception:
    • Text-rich lecture summaries are less helpful
    • Test yourself on labelling and identification using an atlas
    • But also be able to draw schematics of important concepts