Unit description

Introduces students to clinical diagnosis, going beyond the understanding of the common manifestations of disease to promote skills in clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and safe clinical practice. Material is presented in a problem-based learning format, with a significant portion embedded within an interactive software package.

Unit content

  • Integrated clinical problem solving approach to diagnose disorders of the gastrointestinal system and accessory organs (the liver, exocrine pancreas and spleen)
  • Integrated clinical problem solving approach to diagnose disorders of the respiratory system (including ear, nose and throat)
  • Integrated clinical problem solving approach to diagnose disorders of the endocrine system
  • Medical investigations - clinical biochemistry, clinical haematology, clinical microbiology, clinical immunology and medical imaging
  • Issues for special populations - paediatrics and geriatrics
  • Selected issues in clinical pharmacology
  • Safety issues

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • The prescribed text may not suit the learning style of all students so there are two optional texts (see next section) which TOGETHER can be used in place of this one: Ferri, FF, 2016, 2016 Ferri's Clinical Advisor. ISBN: 9780323083744.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (4 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (9 weeks)
Online activities30%
Exam: closed book60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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