Basic and Clinical Sciences 1 (GDMP1011)


Upon completion of this module, students will have developed a solid understanding of the structure and function of most body systems (e.g. musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory). In addition, be able to apply an understanding of normal and abnormal human structure, function and behaviour to the diagnosis, management and prevention of health problems. They will also be able to use the best available evidence on outcomes to prevent or cure disease, relieve symptoms or minimise disability and analyse clinical data and published work to determine their validity and generalisability. Students will participate in the generation, interpretation, application and dissemination of significant advances in medical knowledge; and recognise the limits of scientific knowledge and understanding, and the continuing nature of all scientific.

Further unit of study information


On a weekly basis, 1 problem-based learning session (total 3 hours); up to seven lectures related mainly to the weekly problem (issues raised in the problem are usually relevant to all themes but with an emphasis on basic sciences); two to three Basic and Clinical Sciences Theme sessions (generally 1.5 hours); two Patient and Doctor sessions (up to 1.5 hours) in the clinical school and either one Population Medicine or Personal and Professional Development session (1.5 hours) or a joint session. Students are required to attend 1 full day at the clinical school.


1x written assessment in Basic and Clinical Science is formative and 2x written assessments are summative. All are based on multiple-choice and extended-matching type questions and attendance is compulsory. Satisfactory grade in the summative allows progression into Stage 2. Students will also have to complete a formative Haematology assessment and achieve a satisfactory grade in summative practical exams in Anatomy and Pathology. At the end of Stage 1, there will be a Barrier assessment that covers all eight units of study in Stage 1 (this is the same as one of the summative written assessments listed above).

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Unit of study rules


GDMP1012 and GDMP1013 and GDMP1014

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.