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The two courses, Beginnings, Growth and Development A & B are taken by year 1 and year 2 students respectively in phase 1 of the Medicine program. The following description refers to the areas of study students will encounter upon completion of both courses. Depending upon the year of enrolment, the exact content allocated to either component will vary.

Objectives - To gain an understanding of events in the first stages of the human life cycle, through study of conception, pregnancy and birth; childhood growth and development; puberty and adolescence. These themes will be explored by further studies of relevant aspects of cell biology focusing on growth, differentiation, and developmental biology, as well as the biology of reproduction. In the alternate year, there will be an emphasis on upper GIT and aerodigestive tract structure and function, and common childhood illness, as well as the endocrine system, sexuality, and common psychiatric conditions. Clinical skills will focus on antenatal care, as well as the examination of children, assessment of nutritional status and the psychological state.

A series of learning activities focusing on communication skills and clinical communication operates throughout phase 1 of the Medicine program. It involves learning within clinical environments and will be integrated with content topics specific to individual courses.

Assessment will involve performance in two projects/assignments and an end of course written examination.

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1



Delivery Mode

Fully on-site

Indicative contact hours


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