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Health study abroad and exchange options

Why study in the Faculty of Health?

Our study abroad and exchange program offers units from a wide range of allied health disciplines that are professionally recognised in Australia. We have partnerships with governments, health organisations and communities to offer real-world clinical and practical training.

Our multi-million dollar facilities are at the forefront of laboratory teaching. You can study medical sciences, medical radiation, pharmacy and other science disciplines in high performance labs and clinical simulation facilities that integrate the latest technologies and equipment. Our clinical simulation centre offers nursing students world-class laboratories and clinical practice facilities.

What can I study?

You can:

  • choose individual subjects (units)
  • study a set of units in your field of interest
  • talk to us about completing a research project.


Compulsory course costs

Practical placements off-campus may have some additional compulsory course costs, including vaccinations, uniforms, health tests and courses, equipment, travel and accommodation.

Nursing clinical placements

We consider applications for nursing clinical placement units on a case-by-case basis. Approval may depend on your study load.

Research projects

If you are interested in completing a research project, contact the Faculty of Health Research Services team for more information.

Individual units

Some units require previous study and have entry requirements, while other units don't require any academic background in the areas of study. You should check the full unit details to make sure you meet any requirements.

Approved units

All students can study these units, regardless of your academic background.

Biomedical sciences

LQB180 Biomolecules and Life Processes

A basic knowledge of the composition and function of biomolecules in the living cells found in the organs and tissues of the human  body is important in understanding the relationships between health and disease. This foundational biochemistry unit introduces essential knowledge and skills relevant to understanding the fundamental bioelements, their structural organisation in biological molecules and their functional roles in the central life processes of cells, organs and tissues.

LQB181 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

Medical laboratory scientists have a vital role in the diagnosis of disease and ongoing management of patient care. It is estimated that up to 70% of all medical treatments are based on a pathology diagnosis. This first year unit introduces you to the clinical practice of diagnostic pathology, the role of medical laboratory scientists in healthcare, medical research and the profession of medical laboratory science in a local, national and international context. Foundation knowledge in the core diagnostic pathology disciplines will be introduced using clinical case studies and scenarios in conjunction with basic practical bench-skills required in the laboratory to prepare you for later units of your course.

LQB182 Cell and Molecular Biology

Cell and Molecular Biology equips you with a comprehensive understanding of the molecular structure and function of the cell. This unit introduces the basic principles and concepts of cell structure, function, specialisation, maintenance and replication, and introduces you to fundamental molecular mechanisms important to the organisation of the cell.

LQB183 Human Systematic Anatomy

This unit concentrates on the acquisition and application of appropriate anatomical terminology, understanding of basic tissue structure and a detailed understanding of the major anatomical concepts of each of the organ systems within the human body. A focus on language development will underpin the learning in this unit, where you will develop the ability to communicate medical cases effectively to a range of audiences.

LQB184 Biomedical Skills 1

This introductory unit is designed for first year students studying biomedical science. You will be introduced to academic literacy, practical and quantitative skills which are required for scientists that work in the broad range of biomedical science disciplines. The unit will also develop your understanding of measurements, data gathering and data analysis, including biostatistical methodologies and practices. This unit is designed to give students a strong foundation for continuing studies in biomedical science and related areas of study.

LQB301 Medical Microbiology and Infection Control

This foundation unit builds upon your fundamental knowledge of the human body and explores the role of microorganisms in human health. In this unit, you will (i) explore the diversity of microorganisms associated with the human body; (ii) examine the host-microbe relationship through each organ system of the human body; (iii) study the mechanisms by which the human body naturally controls infections; and (iv) evaluate the use of antimicrobials and infection control procedures to reduce the impact of infectious diseases on human health. This knowledge and understanding will then be further developed and applied in your subsequent clinical studies in your chosen healthcare profession discipline.

LSB131 Anatomy

This unit includes basic concepts of anatomy: an overview of the structure of cells, body tissues, and body systems; aspects of surface anatomy which are relevant to human movement; musculoskeletal systems.

LSB142 Human Anatomy and Physiology

The aim of this unit is to provide grounding in the principles of human anatomy and physiology. Following an introduction to the structure of the cell and the organisation of tissues, each of the major systems that constitute the human body are examined by the integrated study of their anatomy and physiology.


NSB102 Professional Practice and Cultural Safety

This unit focuses on establishing foundational nursing knowledge relating to the professional, ethical, social, and cultural dimensions of nursing practice that are developed further throughout the course. The unit introduces the legislative, policy, and regulatory frameworks that underpin a career in the nursing profession. It develops knowledge, skills, and attributes that are required for professional practice as a registered nurse. The unit is underpinned by the model of cultural safety, which provides a framework for professional practice that will be used to demonstrate person-centred care, using the principles of partnership, power sharing, and protection. These concepts are integrated throughout the course and specifically developed in units that address health assessment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health, mental health, and integrated practice. These concepts are also considered in the final semester unit NSB305 Leading and Learning: Building professional practice, as students are preparing to enter the profession as registered nurses. The course themes emphasised in this unit are cultural safety and person-centred care.

NSB202 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Well-being

This unit introduces students to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander knowledges about health and wellness, highlighting the influence of historical and contemporary socio-political issues. To be effective health care professionals, students need knowledge, skills, and values that enable social inclusivity and the provision of person-centred, holistic care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. This unit builds on concepts introduced in NSB105 Wellness Across the Lifespan, and links to NSB303 Partnerships in Health and Illness. The course themes emphasised in this unit are cultural safety and person-centred care.

Psychology & counselling

PYB000 Psychology in Professional Contexts

PYB000 is a foundation unit for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) degree. This unit provides an introduction to the nature, scope, and application of psychological knowledge in diverse professional contexts, and considers the social, cultural and ethical, and multidisciplinary frameworks that shape psychological practice. This unit aims to develop your skills as an active and reflective learner, by explicitly linking the academic and generic skills you will develop throughout the course, with their application to psychological practice.

Public health & social work

HLB001 Health Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

This unit will provide you with an introduction to a range of historical and contemporary factors that impact on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people today. Communities require health practitioners to have the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is underpinned by an Indigenous defined primary healthcare framework. In this unit, an Indigenous definition of health is the basis of commencing the journey towards cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity.

PUB100 Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology

The main aim of this unit is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the language of medical terminology and an understanding of anatomy and physiology that can be competently applied in a health care setting.

PUB104 Australian Health Care Systems

This is an important unit for any student intending to enter the health industry. It is designed to give a broad overview of the system of health care in Australia and its methods of operation. This unit outlines the structure of the Australian health care system; examines the roles and responsibilities of a range of health system stakeholders, and explores a broad range of challenges confronting health care provision in Australia.

PUB215 Public Health Practice

This unit introduces you to the values, frameworks, principles, and skills which underpin Public Health. It focuses on what public health professionals do and how their work makes a difference in the world in which we live. The unit uses a topic-based approach so that you can learn and apply the core Public Health skills to a real world Public Health issue.

PUB332 Sustainable Environments for Health

This unit provides an overview of environmental health and introduces the importance of achieving environments that are able to sustain human health. In particular, the unit covers the practice of environmental health, its scientific foundations, and its integral place in the overarching discipline of public health.

PUB380 Casemix and Activity Based Funding

The focus of this unit is to introduce current national and state-based initiatives relating to casemix and Activity Based Funding for acute, subacute and non acute services. Included will be the relationship between clinical classification and financial management, peer group cost weights, cost modelling, inlier and outlier payments, co payments and use of ABF and casemix data to predict activity and costs.

PUB514 Contract / Project Management

This is an important unit for students entering the health industry as your efficient management associated with the delivery of health services is enhanced by knowledge and exposure to the principles of formalised project and contract management.

PUB530 Health Education and Behaviour Change

This unit gives you the skills to bring about change in health-related behaviours through educational interventions. Topics covered include key health education and behaviour change theories, frameworks, strategies; approaches to bring about change in different contexts; research and design of educational interventions to suit different target populations in different settings, using evidence-based practice; and health literacy as a function of health education.

PUN106 Population Health

Current and future national and international challenges for optimising population health are examined within a social determinants framework, and public health approaches to population health challenges are examined. This unit is a foundation unit for graduate public health, environmental health and health safety and environment students, and is taken in the first year of a full-time postgraduate degree.

PUN210 Contemporary Health Management

This is a core unit in the Graduate Diploma and Master of Health Management programs. The unit explores the principles and practice of management in health to inform your role as a health manager. The unit focuses on core health management activities: organisational management; strategic management; resource management including financial and human resource management; information management; project management and change management. The focus of this unit is on the development of the analytical, evaluative and political skills required by health managers who must work in complex systems and organisations characterised by constant change.

PUN212 Health Information Management Perspectives

This unit gives an introductory overview of the field of health information and its uses and applications in the health industry. The unit provides a context for the study of contemporary health information and data management practice. The use of information as a strategic, organisational and management resource is discussed, and a broad appreciation of health information and data management procedures and philosophy is provided. Demands on the users of health information occasioned by advances in information technology are highlighted.

PUN213 Quality Management in Health

Current and future national and international approaches to improving health care quality and patient safety are examined using a synthesis of theory, research and real world experience to promote students' development of the necessary knowledge and skills required to design and implement a quality management program, perform quality improvement activities and translate the outcomes of these into process improvements and organisational change. This unit is the foundation unit in the Quality and Patient Safety major. It provides the underpinning content knowledge and context required for more in depth study of quality and patient safety systems and leadership offered in PUN214 Systems of Quality and Safety in Health and PUN219 Leadership of Quality and Safety in Health.

PUN301 Occupational Health and Safety Law and Policy

This Unit provides an overview of the many different aspects of managing occupational health and safety associated policy and law at an enterprise level. The Unit focuses on legislative compliance for organisations, the relevant legislation, Codes of Practice and industry standards, as well as how Policy is used to design implementation and verification strategies.  In addition, the Unit has an emphasis on preparing the student with the requirements to appropriately analyse and inform employers within the scope of practice of a senior safety advisor/safety manager. The Unit assessments provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in an organisational context. OHS Professionals are expected to appropriately inform an organisation's senior management (Duty Holders) to assist them in exercising their due diligence. The assessments address both strategic analysis of policy and law, as well as application in response to serious incidents or breaches.

PUN363 Environmental Health Law

Legal frameworks, such as the Public Health Act 2005, the Environmental Protection Act 1994, the planning legislation, local laws and other State and local legislation, provide the basis for environmental health and environmental management practice. A thorough understanding of this legislation, the prosecution process and other legal frameworks is vitally important to the practice of an environmental health professional. Major topics covered include: an introduction to law and government, public health law, planning and environmental law, local laws, administrative law and investigation processes.

PUN451 Disaster Management

This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of disaster management including your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of current arrangements and to apply those principles to system preparedness. This will equip you to contribute significantly to reducing the adverse impacts on human health and wellbeing, the economy and the physical and natural environment.

PUN465 Environmental Protection

A pollutant is defined as 'a particular chemical or form of energy that can adversely affect the health, survival, or activities of humans or other living organisms' (Miller 2000). Pollutants in the form of solids, liquids, gases or energy emissions enter our environment by natural or anthropogenic means. With the potential for pollution to severely impact the life support system of humans and other organisms, it is necessary to implement a variety of approaches to protect the environment and ensure its sustainability. Major topics covered include: an introduction to environmental protection and sustainability, air pollution, noise pollution, water pollution, contaminated land, waste management, acid sulphate soils, assessing environmental and development applications, an introduction to environmental auditing, environmental management systems and corporate environmental compliance.

PUN500 Occupational Health and Safety Management

This unit explores legislative and practical requirements for managing health and safety in a workplace using a systems approach. It will provide you with the essential knowledge necessary to make recommendations, which ensure that an organisation has set effective OHS criteria to prevent occupational injury and disease. You will apply the concepts explored in this unit to critically analyse and evaluate the systems approach to OHS. By gaining an understanding of how to develop and implement control actions, you will learn how to design appropriate health and safety systems that eliminate or control hazards, enhance preparedness and responses to emergency situations, comply with legislation and drive best practice. You will explore how regular auditing and review strengthens the systematic approach to OHS management.

PUN620 Concepts of Environmental Health

There is increasing evidence that the integrity of the environments in which we live is under substantial pressure, particularly from the way we live. The end result of such pressure is that the basic and fundamental pre-requisites for human health are threatened. The science of Environmental Health has always been concerned with the study of the human - environment interface, and now even more than ever, practitioners are needed who understand this link and the strategies available to control and minimize the risks associated with environmental health hazards. Topics covered include: an introduction to environmental health, ecosystems and sustainability; environmental health issues (e.g. air pollution, water and sanitation, waste and contaminated land, communicable diseases and food safety, physical agents, disaster management); and environmental health settings including the built environment.

PUN640 Health Systems

The aim of this unit is for you to explore systems of health care both in Australia and internationally and the factors that influence the design and functioning of those systems so that you may contribute to the future development of health systems. The unit will use the Australian Health Care system as a case study but seek to draw from our examination of that system the concepts and analytical principles that may apply to all systems of health care. This unit introduces conceptual frameworks fundamental to the organization of health systems. Issues covered include the structure, operations, funding and evaluation of health systems and the evaluation of health system reform.

PUP032 Health Promotion 2: Theories

The unit examines the complexity of factors that influence change within individuals, groups, communities and organisations to improve the public's health. You are introduced to health promotion theories and their use for understanding determinants of health behaviours and for the development of health promotion programming.

PUP038 Health Promotion 1: Paradigms

As the health policy agenda shifts to embrace prevention, health promotion is an important area of study for health professionals interested in population health. The evolution of health promotion methodologies and policies reflect changing physical, social and political environments and health issues, as well as new research findings. This unit focuses on developments in health promotion which have emerged from the interaction of theoretical frameworks, the changing physical, social and political environments and the growing evidence base. This shift includes a focus on the health impact of biological, physical and social conditions throughout the life of an individual (life course perspective), a settings approach and the expansion of new technologies. You will examine the relationship between these and recent developments, the evidence and contribution to the ongoing effectiveness of health promotion.

PUP250 Toxicology and Occupational Hygiene

Occupational hygiene involves the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of hazards in the working environment. Workplaces contain numerous hazards which are potentially harmful to the human health of workers, other occupants and the public. The role of the occupational health and safety professional is to develop and /or assist in the development of management strategies to identify these potential hazards, evaluate the risk they pose to persons, property and equipment and to recommend control measures which will manage the risks involved.

PUP415 Occupational Health

This unit concentrates on the various agents in the workplace capable of adversely affecting the health of workers, as well as human response to toxic and imperilling environments. Occupational health covers identification, prevention and management of risks to health in the workplace, the disease process, occupational rehabilitation and health & wellbeing surveillance and management in the workplace.

SWB102 Human Development and Behaviour

Social work and human service students are studying for professional careers that enhance people's personal and social wellbeing and development, enhance problem solving in relationships, and promote human rights and social justice. To do this you need to understand how individual development and behaviour are shaped by a range of factors including biological, psychological, socio-cultural, political and economic factors. You will learn about a range of theories of development and behaviour and consider the implications of such ideas for social work and human service practice. You will learn about key aspects of human behaviour such as emotion, motivation and socialisation and integrate and communicate this knowledge. Studying this information in the first year of the course provides you with necessary foundational information about people and the environments that shape their lives.

Units requiring approval

You can only enrol in these units if you meet the specified requirements and have significant background knowledge in the area of study. After you apply, we will assess the units and your background knowledge and let you know the outcome.

Biomedical sciences

LQB362 Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

This unit provides foundation knowledge and understanding of human infectious disease microbiology and topics including the spectrum of disease, diagnosis, aetiology, treatment, prevention, control and epidemiology. You will also learn about the laboratory processing of patient specimens with infectious diseases and how to work safely and competently in a PC2 diagnostic laboratory context.

LQB381 Biochemistry

The study of biochemistry, along with other biomedical science units, provides students with the knowledge required for the proper understanding of the role of biomolecules in the structure and functioning of human cellular processes. This has implications for human health and disesases, and serves well as preparation for scientific or clinical studies.

LQB382 Developmental Anatomy and Tissue Adaptation

The human body is very responsive to its environment, both in terms of genetic cues during embryological development and hormonal and mechanical signals during post-natal ageing. This unit will explore a number of key embryological processes where tissue patterning results in the formation of the nervous, muscular, skeletal and cardiovascular organ systems. Furthermore the ability of tissues to adapt to their environment will be discussed through development of an understanding of tissue biomechanics and the effects of trauma and ageing on the human body. Concepts including strength determinants and the effects of loading and disuse will be explored.

LQB385 Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

Modern human biology is largely focused on unraveling and manipulating the genetic information stored in DNA to understand health and treat disease. Genetic information and associated technologies underpin medical advances that span disease diagnostics, vaccines, drugs, forensics, biomaterials, foodstuffs, environmental rehabilitation and even bioterrorism. This unit provides an introduction to the approaches of interrogating genome sequence data and simple genetic engineering technologies used to manipulate DNA sequences.

LQB387 Principles of Immunology

Immunology is the study of the physiological systems used to defend the body from invasion by foreign threats, including organisms and environmental challenges, as well as the pathologies associated with inappropriate immune responses. This unit is in the course to provide you with knowledge relating to the immune system and the principles and application of basic immunological procedures in the laboratory. It assumes knowledge from previous semesters and will provide you with critical foundation knowledge for studies in subsequent semesters.

LQB388 Medical Physiology 1

This unit deals specifically with the physiological systems that are responsible for the maintenance of health in humans. In the course of the semester students will investigate half the systems that constitute the human body (with the remainder dealt with in the second semester unit Medical Physiology 2 [LQB488]).

LQB390 Regional and Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging

The aims of this unit are to develop anatomical language to identify and describe macroscopic structures of the human body using regional and sectional anatomy approaches, and also understand the relationships between these structures, including anatomical variability.  This unit will  develop skills in anatomical communication, peer collaboration and self-management.

LQB508 Clinical Physiology and Pathophysiology

Clinical physiology is a rapidly growing area of employment of biomedical scientists, particularly as the Australian population ages, putting increasing pressure on the healthcare system. This advanced unit focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of major clinical disorders through the critical analysis of clinical case studies and the critique and review of relevant research literature. The unit also involves the development of practical skills through the use of clinical physiology instrumentation and interpretation of physiological data. A key aim of LQB508 is to advance your scientific communication skills through both written and oral forms.  Thus, LQB508 is specifically designed to prepare you for your future professional careers or further studies in biomedical research.

LQB562 Advanced Microbial Diagnostics

This unit continues your training in medical microbiology at an advanced level, but retains a global medical laboratory science learning context. This unit aims to further stimulate your scientific enquiry as well as continuing to develop and refine your critical thinking-complex reasoning, data interpretation, scientific communication and information retrieval skills that were first practiced in your earlier units.

LQB570 Forensic Anatomy

This advanced unit explores the field of forensic anthropology and taphonomy, from understanding the process of tissue decomposition, to recovery and identification of unidentified human remains. You will apply traditional and contemporary methodologies to interpret skeletal material to construct a biological profile and probabilistic data suitable in the Queensland Judicial system. Through critical analysis you will gain a deep understanding of patterns of variability in the human body.

LQB571 Neuroscience

The human nervous system is the most complex and adaptive achievement of the process of evolution. This unit studies the structure and function of the nervous system to understand complex brain behaviours. It expands and combines knowledge of the physiology of the nervous system obtained in Medical Physiology 1 (LQB388) and regional and imaging anatomy of the nervous system gained in Anatomical Imaging (LQB482). This unit advances your understanding in the field of neurobiology and through an introduction to current research topics and methodologies, allows you to explore current research questions, laboratory methodologies and technical skills, and career directions in neuroscience.

LQB581 Biomolecular Control Systems

This unit will study advanced biomolecular concepts with a focus on metabolism, signalling pathways, systems and networks that coordinate and regulate the functional behaviour of cells and tissues.

LQB582 Biomedical Research Technologies

This unit will study the technical principles and practical techniques that are essential for advancing research and development in biochemistry and biotechnology.

LQB583 Molecular Systems Biology

Molecular systems biology deals with the integration of information from individual biological datasets (e.g. transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics and other 'omics'). This is key to understanding how related molecules interact and produce a state of interest, across many biological disciplines including human health, as well as animal and plant biology. In this unit we review examples of contemporary approaches to 'omics' data generation and analysis, and the role they play in biomedical sciences.

LQB594 Pathogen Diagnosis and Therapeutics

This advanced level unit follows on from the LQB494 Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis, and builds upon your fundamental knowledge and understanding of the structural, molecular and metabolic components of microorganisms and how they are regulated. Specifically, this unit will increase your understanding of: (i) host-pathogen interactions, (ii) how the immune system responds to microbial pathogens, and (iii) molecular detection, characterisation of pathogens as well as their resistance mechanisms to antibiotics.

LQB595 Cellular Engineering

The ability to manipulate cell behaviour and engineer novel tissue scaffolds and matrix-based culture systems has provided significant advances in the field of tissue therapeutics and regenerative medicine. This unit explores the theoretical underpinnings of stem cells and cell niches; and provides current research examples of how cellular engineering is able to generate in vitro and in vivo biological models to facilitate biomedical research as well as providing applications for human therapies.

LSB365 Pathology

The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the study of disease processes underlying the major diseases of human organ systems. The first part of the unit will introduce you to aspects of general pathology including cell adaptation, inflammation, haematology, and cancer. Systemic pathology will be covered in the second part of the unit during which the general pathologic processes will be applied to the major organ systems of the body. In addition, you will expand and further develop your practical skills along with your understanding of how they relate to laboratory investigation and diagnosis of disease.

LSB525 Chemical Pathology

This unit is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to work competently as a medical scientist in a diagnostic chemical pathology (clinical biochemistry) laboratory. In developing these skill sets it is essential that you have an in-depth understanding of the aetiology, physiology, pathology, and laboratory investigations relating to different biochemical markers and disorders. This is a third year unit that builds on the theoretical aspects of biochemistry dealt with in LQB381 and the practical and analytical skills developed in LSB425.

LSB555 Principles and Practice of Clinical Haematology

Haematology is the study of blood and investigates pathologies associated that can lead to disease or an increased risk of bleeding or thrombosis. This third year unit is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and practical skills to work in a clinical (diagnostic) haematology laboratory. To develop those skills, it is critical you have an in-depth understanding of the aetiology and pathophysiology of the most frequently encountered dyscrasias, and the principle and rationale of laboratory investigations used to identify and diagnose them and/or monitor patient therapy in the clinical setting. LSB555 incorporates and builds on your learning and practical skill development from second year and prepares you for LSB655 and LSB665 next semester.

LSB566 Histopathology

Histopathology is the study of cells and tissues and investigates the pathologies associated. This third year unit is designed to provide you with knowledge and practical skills to work in a histopathology laboratory and interpret advanced histopathological tests. To develop your knowledge of these techniques, ability to apply your learning and practical skills it is critical you have an understanding of the principle and rationale of these tests. LSB566 incorporates and builds on your learning in LSB466 and LQB490 and prepares you for LQB683 in the next semester of your course.

LSB655 Applied Clinical Haematology

This third year haematology unit builds on the knowledge and skills you acquired in LSB555 to explore the less common and more complex haematological disorders, malignancies and haemostatic defects encountered in day-to-day practice. This unit will develop your ability to identify and recognise these disorders, and explores the aetiology, pathophysiology and laboratory tests used to investigate and diagnose them, and/or monitor treatment in the clinical setting. This unit, combined with LSB555, prepares you for your clinical internship in fourth year and employment as a medical scientist in a diagnostic haematology laboratory.

Exercise & nutrition sciences

XNB271 Motor Control

This unit explores the theories and concepts in motor control and learning, specifically how we control actions in everyday and skilled behaviours, and how this capability is acquired. It also teaches you to select and assess motor skill performance.

XNB273 Exercise Physiology

This unit examines the physiological responses, mechanisms, and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. Building upon the work previously completed in LSB231 Physiology, the unit will focus on the metabolic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neuromuscular system requirements of exercise at varying intensities, durations, and types. Practical skills will be developed to monitor and assess the physiological purturbations associated with exercise that may have implications for both physical performance and health-related fitness. The knowledge and skills gained provide the basis for advanced application and competencies as the course progresses.

XNB274 Functional Anatomy

Functional Anatomy builds on the structural knowledge provided in anatomy (LSB131) to develop an understanding of the functional significance of anatomy to driving human movement. You will perform movement analysis to understand the muscles, joints complexes and actions involved in controlling human movement.

XNB277 Exercise and Sports Nutrition

This unit builds on the nutrition unit in first year (XNB151) and applies the nutritional principles to the sport and exercise setting.

XNB351 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1

This unit develops your knowledge and skills in the application of the nutrition care process to the nutritional management of disease. The unit focuses on the application of critical thinking in the nutritional management of individual clients including assessment, diagnosis, practical food-based advice and evaluation. This unit is only for students undertaking studies in dietetics.

XNB371 Motor Control and Learning 2

This is an advanced unit which provides an in-depth view of theories and concepts in motor learning and control; how we control actions in both everyday and skilled behaviours, and how this capability is acquired. This course provides a multidisciplinary perspective, drawing on research from psychology, neuroscience, biomechanics, robotics, neural networks and medicine. The unit is organised around the theme of sensorimotor integration as related to posture and balance, locomotion and arm movements such as reaching, grasping and pointing.

XNB372 Biomechanics 2

This unit includes the following: measurement techniques within biomechanics; analysis of force systems; photographic, goniometric andaelectrographic analysis of movement; an introduction to viscoelasticity and biological materials; material properties; mass and inertial characteristics of the human body; applied aspects of biomechanics undertaken from a research project perspective.

XNB373 Exercise Physiology 2

This unit examines the integrated regulation of the organ system examined in Exercise Physiology 1. Within this integrated perspective current research areas will be highlighted, including but not limited to (1) exercise performance and environmental stress, (2) special aids to exercise training and performance, and (3) limitations to exercise in healthy normal individuals, elite athletes and selected patient populations.

XNB382 Principles of Exercise Prescription

A combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills are required to enable the safe and effective prescription of appropriate exercise. This unit is designed to introduce students to these basic theoretical concepts, and to apply them to practical situations. Topics covered will include: health risk appraisal and fitness testing; dose-response and physical activity recommendations; and exercise programming and prescription. This unit builds upon materials covered in Exercise Physiology 1 and Resistance Training, and provides context for Principles of Exercise Programming.

XNH355 Nutrition Assessment

This unit will develop your knowledge, skills and application for nutrition and diet-related data collection methods at the individual, group and population level. It will continue to develop your ability to write a systematic review by identifying, synthesising and applying evidence to practice problems across the continuum of care and to develop your clinical reasoning and advocacy skills to improve outcomes at an individual and population level.

XNH481 Clinical Exercise for Cardiorespiratory, Renal and Metabolic Disorders

This unit applies your knowledge and skills developed in XNB380 associated with the assessment and programming of exercise and activity for individuals with cardiorespiratory and metabolic disorders. The unit focuses on the screening, assessment, prescription and evaluation of exercise and activity in the treatment and management of these disorders, including disease-specific considerations in preparation for your transition to professional practice.

XNH482 Clinical Exercise for Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

This unit applies your knowledge and skills developed in XNB380 associated with the assessment and programming of exercise and activity for individuals with with neurological  and musculoskeletal disorders. The unit focuses on the screening, assessment, prescription and evaluation of exercise and activity in the treatment and management of these disorders, including disease-specific considerations in preparation for your transition into professional practice.


NSB231 Integrated Nursing Practice 2 On Campus

This unit focuses on the knowledge, skills and attributes required to successfully complete the integrated on and off campus nursing practice units. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse Standards for Practice emphasised in this unit are: think critically and analyse nursing practice (ST1); maintain the capability for practice (ST3); comprehensively conduct assessments (ST4); develop a plan for nursing practice (ST5); provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice (ST6). The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) addressed in this unit, at a developing level, are: medication safety (ST4); blood and blood products (ST7); and preventing and managing pressure injuries (ST8). This unit complements other second year units and directly links to subsequent Integrated Nursing Practice units. The course themes emphasised in this unit are: evidence-based practice; scientific foundations of practice, person centred care, and health technology and health informatics.

NSB232 Integrated Nursing Practice 2 Off Campus

This unit focuses on the knowledge, skills and attributes required to successfully complete integrated on- and off-campus nursing practice units. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse Standards for Practice emphasised in this unit are: thinks critically and analyses nursing practice (ST1); maintains the capability for practice (ST3); comprehensively conducts assessments (ST4); develops a plan for nursing practice (ST5); provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice (ST6). The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) addressed in this unit, at a developing level, are: medication safety (ST4); blood and blood products (ST7) and preventing and managing pressure injuries (ST8). This unit complements other second year units and directly links to subsequent Integrated Nursing Practice units. The course themes emphasised in this unit are: evidence-based practice; scientific foundations of practice; health informatics and health technology; global health; person centred care, and interprofessional collaboration.

Optometry & vision science

OPN161 Optometry in Special Needs Groups

This unit is designed to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of low vision rehabilitation and paediatric optometry.  Students will build on their existing knowledge of ocular anatomy and physiology, ocular disease, the development of binocular vision and the assessment and management of paediatric and geriatric patients.  Clinical skills relating to paediatrics and low vision are further developed in the specialist clinic units (OPN262, OPN362 & OPN462).

OPN162 Contact Lens Practice

This unit provides an introduction to contact lens clinical practice. Contact lenses provide an important method for correcting the optical errors of the eye. Topics covered include the basic clinical skills, knowledge about contact lenses and the skills to manage contact lens patients.

Psychology & counselling

PYB159 Alcohol and Other Drug Studies

This unit aims to give students an understanding of the extent of substance abuse in our community: who uses what, where and when; the models that have been advanced for understanding substance abuse; the intervention and therapeutic models utilised within the field; the effects of substance abuse, physiologically, socially and psychologically.

PYB202 Social and Organisational Psychology

People are social beings. Their thoughts, feelings and actions are influenced by the real, imagined or implied presence of others. To obtain greater insight into people's behaviour, it is essential to investigate scientifically the relationship between the individual and the group. We will study the effects of the individual within the group and the group within the individual and also consider the influence of these processes in the organisational setting.

PYB210 Research Design and Data Analysis

PYB210 is the second in a series of units exploring quantitative and qualitative approaches to research methods.  Material covered in this intermediate unit will include essentials of laboratory and field research design, and computer-assisted analysis of experimental research data.

PYB302 Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology

Psychology can serve an important role in the wider community in addressing social issues, and improving people's lives at work. This unit helps build your knowledge and skills in social and organisational psychology, helping you develop your capacity to use psychology to make positive changes in organisations and in society.

PYB309 Individual Differences and Assessment

PYB309 introduces key principles of psychological assessment including reliability and validity, processes involved in scale construction, and to the appropriate and ethical use of assessment tools. Major theories that underpin explanations of individual differences such as intelligence and personality are covered as well as other elements of a person that influence differences such as gender, ethnicity, and religious beliefs. Assessment tools examined include major intelligence tests and personality inventories as well as specific measures for children, clinical populations, Indigenous Australians, and older adults.

PYB356 Counselling Theory and Practice 2

This unit focuses on the common facilitative factors within a counselling process paying attention to the person of the therapist and the counselling relationship. In order to respond appropriately and therapeutically to the needs of their clients, counsellors must have a clear understanding of the social and interactive processes which occur. Consideration of verbal, non-verbal, social, emotional, gender, psychological and social dimensions enables counsellors to develop effective, functional and client-focused relationships and to control biases, needs and possible exploitive practices.

PYB372 Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

This unit provides students with the opportunity to apply psychological principles learned in their other psychology units to understand road user behaviour within the road safety context. It therefore builds upon the broad psychological principles learnt within your first year(s) of study. The content of this unit focuses on identifying and examining the factors that influence the behaviour of road users, particularly those that contribute to the incidence of road crashes or exacerbate their severity.

Public health & social work

PUB326 Introduction to Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the basic scientific method of public health. It is the study of the distribution and determinants of diseases, health conditions, or events among populations and the application of interventions to control health problems. Epidemiological methods are used to generate the evidence base for clinicians, health promotion specialists, health educators, nutritionists, and health service managers.

PUB359 Health Information Management

This unit will provide the student with an understanding of the management and operating principles of health information services.

PUB545 Health Policy, Planning and Advocacy

This unit consolidates knowledge of health policy development and reform and the processes that translate policy into public health practice. Topics covered include translating a health policy into a plan for professional practice; critical examination of advocacy processes and the impact on policies; planning and evaluating the impact of programs; and policy strategies in collaborative teams.

PUB565 International Health

International health will broaden student's understanding of global health systems and programs, providing an advanced level analysis that explores systems and methods that have been devised to address population health problems in developing and developed countries. Students examine the historic context of the international health movement from the early 1900s to recent changes in global health systems, explore the diversity of services between and within countries, and consider issues of globalisation, economic reform, health equity and ethics. This unit is particularly relevant to students who are interested in international health development work.

PUN214 Systems of Quality and Safety in Health

This unit provides a critical in depth examination of the theory behind and application of quality and safety systems to health services. It covers legal and regulatory systems, quality certification and accreditation systems, safety systems and models, performance management including performance frameworks for the measurement, monitoring and reporting on quality and safety. The value of these, their breadth of coverage and their application to different health care settings are analysed using case studies from both successful systems and systems experiencing failure evidenced by patient safety and quality issues.

PUN452 Disaster Planning and Preparedness

This unit seeks to develop your in depth understanding and ability to evaluate the systems, structures and processes required to ensure essential services and the communities they serve are prepared for disasters that threaten the health and wellbeing of the community.

PUN704 Health Management Internship

This unit takes an experiential approach to synthesise your knowledge of health care systems and skills of investigation and analysis of complex information to contribute to professional practice and scholarship. This unit involves placement in a health service or health policy organisation and the planning and execution of a substantial research-based project or equivalent capstone experience. You will be expected to volunteer to work within the service during the period of the internship. QUT staff will provide every endeavour to locate a suitable placement. You may arrange your own placement although the placement should ideally be an institution different from one where you may be normally employed. The placement may be undertaken with your employer, provided that a clearly defined different experience is involved to that which is your normal employment.

SWB200 Working in Human Service Organisations

This unit critically examines professional roles within the organisational context of Human Service and Social Work practice. Using an approach that combines traditional classes with an experiential approach, it examines the professional role, organisational requirements, student developmental needs, motivations, and personal responses to these factors in the Human Service/Social Work context.

SWB220 Practice Theories

In line with the orientation of the social work and human service courses as a whole, this unit emphasises the conceptual component of your developing personal and professional practice framework integral to working effectively with a range of services users in a variety of different contexts. It is essential that you have a capacity to explore conceptually a range of theories and theorists and to apply these to specific practice contexts, consider your own practice frame of reference and ideological influences, and understand the implications of these for practice.

SWB221 Professional Practice Processes and Assessment

Human service and social work students must build foundational knowledge and skills in practice, including engagement, assessment and intervention processes that address social problems while promoting social justice and respecting diversity. This unit begins that foundation through focusing on integration of critical theory and practice perspectives. Diversity is understood to relate to culture, class, 'race'/ethnicity but also sexuality, age, ability and gender identification. Because of its importance in preparing you to undertake professional placements, the unit is strategically located in second year. The unit pays special attention to how to engage with, assess and design interventions with diverse groups that are socially disadvantaged, oppressed/or and stigmatised.

SWB222 Advanced Communication for Social Work and Human Services

Developed interpersonal communication skills are the cornerstone for both personal and professional relationships. Human service and social work in a broad sense, aim to help people in their struggle for self- determination and social justice. At a fundamental level, the struggle for independence, justice and empowerment is facilitated by interpersonal processes involving the effective use of communication and conflict resolution skills. This is a skills based unit located in the second year of the Social Work degree and the third year of the Human Services degree to build upon fundamental communication skills. These culturally sensitive and diverse skills are the core of sound practice, whether at a micro or macro level. The essential practitioner skill of a heightened sense of self is closely examined as are reflective strategies to effectively deal with and prevent vicarious trauma, burnout and enhance lifelong learning.

SWB304 Child Protection and Family Practice

This unit contributes to the aims of the social work and human services courses by extending and deepening your knowledge for practice with children and families. In particular you will extend and apply understandings related to child development and family process, cultural safety and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, service contexts and collaborative practice, and contemporary policy and practice frameworks for child and family work.

SWB306 People, Community and Disability

Social work and human service practitioners must have the relevant professional knowledge and skills to understand the impact of disability, chronic conditions and health-related issues experienced by people and encountered in the community. The experience of disablement, chronic conditions or health-related issues can universally impact on people of any age or culture at any point during life course transition. This unit provides a platform for developing and integrating knowledge and skills to effectively respond to disability issues and challenging social constructions located in international, national and local community contexts.

SWB307 Youth Services Practice

This unit focuses on a wide range of practice contexts relevant to work in services for young people. Increasingly professionals working with young people or in agencies concerned with or impacting on young people require expertise about specific issues and practice responses. This expertise may be related to a particular professional role (eg policy analyst and advocate), the orientation or framework employed by the funding program or service (eg early intervention or prevention), or particular practice approaches that respond to issues/needs that may be impacting on young people who constitute the target group (eg mental health, drug use, juvenile offending).

SWB312 Global Challenges and Practice

This unit illustrates the scope of social work and human services practice by applying social justice lens  knowledge, skills and values to a range of international and regional issues. You will explore the relationship between core human rights principles and values and global international issues including social justice, human rights, development assistance, aid and key concerns identified in the Sustainable Development Goals.. The cross-disciplinary nature of this unit means  it would also benefit other health discpline students wanting to work  internationally. As an advanced unit it extends on the knowledge and learnings from SWB105 Contemporary Human Rights.

SWB405 Advanced Social Work Project

This unit enables students to undertake an in-depth study on an approved topic relevant to social work practice. To enable this, students will extend their knowledge and skills in undertaking various aspects of the research process as this relates to their investigation.

SWH400 Policy Skills for Professional Practice

Social workers and human service workers must have a thorough understanding of the macro policy context and the structure of government, an awareness of political institutions and policy actors in Australia, policy-writing and research, policy-making processes, budgetary considerations and strategies for change. An appreciation of the 'art' and extent of real world politics - 'realpolitik'- assists in understanding how these policy institutions, processes, cycles and strategies combine to shape and change social policy. This unit describes and explores the relationships between politics, economics and social policy placing particular emphasis on the implications of these and other macro forces for social work practice. This unit focuses on integrating policy knowledge, research and analysis to apply tools to real world policy issues for policy change.

SWH401 Social Research for Social Change

This unit equips you with knowledge and skills to investigate models of service and practice questions and to develop recommendations for change. A range of particular methods for developing, evaluating and improving models of social service and social care delivery will be examined including reflective practice, participatory action research, service evaluation and quality assurance processes, and the use of empirical research to inform practice. You will be able to apply methods learnt to a range of service delivery and practice contexts.

SWN002 Introduction to Social Work Practice and Contexts

This unit introduces you to the diverse and contested world of social work and is the first step in constructing your professional identity. It provides an entrée to a range of vital foundational concepts that will be developed further in other units, as you progress through the course. We critically examine the roles and purpose of social work within the dynamic interplay of social, economic and political structures and their implications for social work practice. We analyse practice methods and processes, formal theoretical frameworks that inform social work practice, values and ethics; ways of knowing; the history of social work and a broad overview of global social forces that influence and shape contemporary Australian society. Various fields of practice and organisational contexts within social work practice are also explored, with an emphasis on social justice, inequality, social change, critical analysis and reflection.

SWN018 Theories and Frameworks for Social Work Practice

This unit focuses on providing you with knowledge about social work values, theories, perspectives and models that underpin effective helping interventions. A wide range of practice perspectives will be explored with potential utility and limitations considered. Students will undertake an audit of their existing knowledge, skills and values and then plan their learning needs for their professional social work development path, consistent with the Social Work Code of Ethics and AASW Practice Standards.

SWN019 Research for Social Change

This unit builds your capacity to undertake robust, ethical research relevant to social work.  You will be guided through the steps involved in designing research able to make an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field of practice. This unit prepares you to be able to implement this research design in SWN020.

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