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Unit Overview


This Unit prepares students with the scientific knowledge required to undertake Integrated Medical studies and provides foundational scientific knowledge with clinical context for future healthcare workers.

Students will undertake foundational science studies in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, haematology, microbiology, anatomical pathology and pharmacology. You will be introduced to clinically relevant aspects of biomedical science to understand major functions of the human body and how these can be impacted through illness and disability, and discuss diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles for common medical conditions

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of human biology in clinical contexts; (2) effectively communicate biomedical principles with appropriate bioscientific vocabulary; (3) display professional, concise and accurate oral, written and electronic biomedical communication skills; (4) explain generic principles of clinically relevant normal and abnormal human structure, function, behaviour and development; (5) describe responses and compensatory mechanisms to illness and injury; (6) outline the aetiology, anatomy, pathophysiology of selected clinical and pathological manifestations; and (7) discuss diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles for common medical conditions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in semester assessments; (2) end of semester assessments; and (3) professional behaviour and attendance assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the professional behaviour and attendance assessment component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Robert White (UWA)
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Major(s) 92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
GMED4101 Global Medicine
and GMED4103 Primary Care 1
Advisable prior study
Following the first year of delivery and contingent on evaluation, this unit may also be taken as a review unit for UWA MD students who do not successfully complete Year 1 of the standard UWA MD,
or as a preparatory unit for applicants from specialist admission pathways for the UWA MD, such as the Indigenous MD pathway.
Approved quota: 105—selection for the Global MD will be overseen with the Medical School's Medicine and Dentistry Admission and Selection Committee, and be consistent with the approved and advertised selection processes for the standard UWA MD (course code 91850).
Contact hours
3-5 hours per week. Lectures (2-3 hours), laboratories in some weeks (2 hours), online learning (1-2 hours)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.