Clinical Diagnosis 2

General Information
Duration 1 semester
Level Year 3, Semester 2
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
Prerequisites HMS301 Clinical Diagnosis 1
Academic Details
Description This unit further develops the knowledge and skills acquired in previous HMS units of study with a particular focus on the clinical diagnosis of common diseases. The unit focuses on the clinical aspects of contemporary biomedicine and builds on the prior studies in Clinical Diagnosis 1 (HMS301) to provide students with broad understanding of the clinical diagnosis and management of common diseases and disorders. The main disorders of each body system will be examined to provide students with an overview of their diagnosis and treatment and to enable them to communicate effectively with patients and other medical practitioners, and to facilitate appropriate referrals.
For each disorder studied, students explore its etiology and disease burden, population groups at risk, signs and symptoms, examination and clinical data, diagnostic procedures, clinical management, patient education, and prognosis, red flags for referral.
Learning outcomes On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the classification of diseases in clinical medicine.
  2. Analyse the aetiology, population-group specific burden, development and progression of the common disorders.
  3. Critique the main diagnostic methods for common disorders in Western Medicine, and the differential diagnosis of the main diseases based on clinical data, including the results of radiographic and laboratory tests.
  4. Evaluate the clinical management of common disorders and the need for referral under certain conditions and in specific circumstances to (or from) other healthcare practitioners.