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?
- 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.
If you are interested in completing a research project, contact the Faculty of Health Research Services team for more information.
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.
All students can study these units, regardless of your academic background.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The unit complements the material covered in human cell and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology in the first year of your studies. An important aspect of clinical practice and/or research is a broad knowledge and understanding of human disease states, the role of microbes in health and disease, and how the immune system functions to maintain health and fight disease. As part of your early biomedical sciences training, you need to appreciate general disease processes to help you prepare for your more advanced units in immunology, microbiology, pathology and/or a range of biomedical science disciplines. Whether your aim is to be a clinical or research scientist, appreciation of pathological processes will enable you to better understand how we identify, measure and manage diseases clinically and in a research context.
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.
This unit reinforces fundamental assumed knowledge of anatomy and physiology and introduces the study of human disease processes or pathophysiology. General concepts underlying human diseases as well as disorders relating to organ systems will be studied and the major diseases affecting Australians, in particular those identified as National Health Priority Areas, will be addressed. The ability to understand and interpret the pathophysiology underpinning clinical contexts and to communicate this information using appropriate medical terminology are essential requirements for all students undertaking allied health courses and prepares them for professional practice.
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.
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.
This unit covers the general physiological principles such as homeostasis and how all systems in the body contribute to it. Topics include cells, transport processes, cardiovascular system, cardiac electrical activity, cardiac output, regulation of blood pressure, respiratory system, endocrine system, pulmonary ventilation and its function. The aim of this unit is to provide you with a foundational understanding of the function of the major organ systems of the human body as these relate to health and disease. Students enroled in this unit require a firm grounding in the principles of human anatomy and physiology. Following an introduction to the structure and function of the cell, each of the major systems that constitute the human body are examined by the integrated study of their anatomy and physiology. This unit provides foundational knowledge for more advanced units in your second year, XNB273 Exercise Physiology and XNB274 Functional Anatomy.
Nutrition forms the focus of many health initiatives. Reducing the burden of poor nutrition has the potential to produce major change in the health status of Australians. This introductory unit provides you with foundation skills and knowledge of food and nutrition systems, food constituents, energy balance, changing nutritional requirements throughout the life course, and the application of dietary assessment methodologies and food selection guides to maintain and improve health at the individual and population level. In this unit you will develop your skills to critique common food fads and myths in nutrition, as well as introductory skills in reflection and foundations for inter-professional practice. The skills in searching and appraising scientific literature, which are introduced in this unit, are critical to establishing your academic writing and research literacy skills to the expected tertiary level.
As the prevalence of many chronic diseases is increasing in Australia, prevention of these diseases is a major health priority of Australian state and territory governments. This unit promotes understanding, measurement and promotion of physical activity for improved health outcomes, with a focus on individual, community and population level health determinants. Awareness of health status, factors influencing health and their impact, is an essential foundation for future work of health professionals. This important prospective work will provide the rationale and knowledge for the importance of maintaining and promoting a physically active lifestyle.
Primary specialist teachers need knowledge and understanding of how to integrate Health and physical education within the other key learning areas. This unit provides you with the opportunity to experience and learn the connection between physical activity and health and its role in meeting the developmental needs of children. Additionally, you will participate in a range of learning experiences appropriate to the developmental needs of children and acquire the skills necessary to safely deliver student learning in an open environment. Topics include principles of the health and physical education years 1-10 syllabus; motor skill development and ability related expectations for teaching HPE; planning for quality instruction and linking physical activity with health; planning and teaching HPE; classroom management and safety issues.
The dynamic health status of children and adolescents is influenced by a range of health determinants. Knowledge of health issues and the underlying factors involved may be beneficial for any person required to work with children and adolescents, including teachers and health professionals. Understanding factors that impact on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents is necessary for facilitating the holistic development of children and adolescents. You will be encouraged to explore health issues from a contextualised position, for the purpose of developing greater awareness of measures that can be undertaken to promote the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents.
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.
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.
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.
PYB007 is a multidisciplinary unit that introduces you to the clinical communication skills that are the foundation of many allied health work roles. This introductory unit gives you the opportunity to build your knowledge of the factors that contribute towards effective communication and will help you develop core communication skills. While focusing on the allied health disciplines, the generic interpersonal processes and skills addressed in this unit are important building blocks for developing and maintaining successful professional and personal relationships. These foundation skills will aid with client communication, multidisciplinary team communication, clinical interviews, conceptualisation and assessment, mediation, and leadership, many of which you will be required to demonstrate later in your course.
Psychology is a broad-ranging and multifaceted discipline which encompasses the scientific study of human behaviour, and the systematic application of knowledge gained from psychological research to a broad range of applied issues. The goal of this foundational unit is to introduce you to major subfields and perspectives in psychology, to develop your understanding of the research methods used in psychological research and to develop your critical thinking skills. This unit provides a strong basis for future learning in the discipline. Topics covered in PYB100 will include child and adult development, social psychology, and an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems.
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and cognition. This unit is designed to introduce students to the scientific method of research in psychology, research design, and data analysis. The unit includes the following: an overview of the purposes and strategies of research; elementary research design; operationalising variables; descriptive statistics; distributions; measures of central tendency and spread; standard scores and percentiles; understanding relationships between variables through correlation; an introduction to hypothesis-testing procedures using t-tests.
More than half the population experiences trauma across the lifetime. Trauma is acknowledged as playing a key role in the development of mental and physical health issues. There is an increased understanding and interest in society around the prevalence and impact of trauma including domestic violence, child abuse, sudden bereavement and war. Despite this, most professionals across disciplines including psychology, social work, education and law, receive no systematic training in trauma. This introductory unit provides you with foundational knowledge about the psychology of trauma and vicarious trauma as it applies to people who experience trauma firsthand or those in professions likely to assist people who have experienced trauma. This elective complements learning across disciplines including social work, psychology, law, education and nursing. The unit is linked to core psychology units PYB100 and PYB102 and is linked to PYB304 regarding neurobiological aspects of trauma.
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.
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.
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.
This unit introduces you to the concepts and methods that underpin decisions about the allocation and management of scarce health care resources at the system, organisation and departmental levels in health care. An understanding of the cost drivers in health care, how resource allocation priorities are determined and decisions made, together with knowledge about the principles of sound financial management will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage the resources under your responsibility and to contribute to discussion and debate about health care funding decision making. By the end of the semester, you will be expected to have developed sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to describe and critically evaluate health care financing priorities and systems and make recommendations for their implementation.
This unit gives an introductory overview to public health professionals of the uses and applications of health information in the health industry. Understanding information the diversity of health information resources available will assist public health professionals to recognise the potential of health information as a valuable resource. The unit provides context to the quality by providing an understanding of the data quality frameworks, data organisation, standardisation and management principles relevant to systems within the health industry.
In this unit we study social and cultural dimensions of the human body, mind, and health. The unit focuses on public health from sociological and anthropological perspectives, with a core emphasis on the ways in which social, cultural, political, and economic systems shape human health behaviours and outcomes. We examine the practical relevance of key social theories in relation to understanding complex phenomena, such as cultural safety, risk-taking behaviours, life-expectancies, and death. We examine links between ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, geography, and health. The fundamental message is that identifying and addressing social and cultural factors that shape people's experiences of health, illness and health systems is integral to reducing health inequalities, delivering appropriate services and ultimately improving population health outcomes. This is a multidisciplinary and interprofessional unit and welcomes students from a wide range of range of courses.
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.
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.
Women's health status is influenced internationally and nationally by a complexity of factors. The health of women has an impact on the health of families, children and the community. Women's health is therefore important to study because of its impact on the overall health of the population. This unit explores the data and current health issues related to women's health and critically evaluates health related policies, systems and practices in terms of their impact on women's health, internationally and in Australia. The social, economic, cultural and political influences on women's health, and the specific needs of sub-populations of women are examined. This advanced undergraduate unit will explore these factors and the contemporary health problems from a social, economic and political perspective and study the health needs of specific groups of women. The unit complements studies in public health, social sciences, nursing and allied health.
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.
Qualitative methods enable researchers to gain knowledge and understanding of people's lived experiences, the meanings they ascribe to them, and to the social context in which they take place. The nature and complexity of many public health problems require a mix of research methods and the contributions of qualitative inquiry are now well recognised. This unit is an integral component of the public health course because you will learn the skills and knowledge required to appreciate and apply qualitative research in your professional practice. This unit is placed at this point in the course because you acquired in PUB215 a sound knowledge and understanding of the fundamental and complex public health concepts so can now develop specific research knowledge and skills. PUB461 belongs to the suite of four research units available in PU52 and associated degrees.
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.
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.
An understanding of basic statistical concepts and the ability to analyse and interpret quantitative data is an important skill for all graduates in health-related disciplines. Descriptive statistics are required to effectively summarise and communicate important information in data, while inferential statistics enable conclusions to be extended beyond the immediate data. An understanding of the principles underpinning both types of statistical methods is critical not only for the analysis of data, but also for the critical appraisal of health literature. This unit introduces the foundational skills for quantitative research and is a stepping stone into PUB416 Research Methods.
This is a foundational research methods unit which introduces fundamental statistical concepts relevant to describing data and testing scientific hypotheses. An understanding of basic statistical concepts is a fundamental research skill in any scientific or health discipline. Such knowledge is mandatory for critical evaluation of the research literature, for design of efficient research studies, and to inform appropriate interpretation of research results. As such, the concepts taught in this unit are essentail for postgraduate students intending to undertake independent research, and indeed, to any student attempting to critically evaluate research literature. This is an introductory unit and knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to a variety of health disciplines. HLN706 Health Statistics 2 builds on this unit by extending your knowledge and skills, allowing you to conduct more complex analysis.
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.
Health system managers require appropriate knowledge, competencies and attitudes to confront the challenges facing the health of modern communities. Acquisition of management competencies can best occur by application of an extensive knowledge of the theoretical principles that underlie organisational behaviour and the systems, structure and processes that characterise modern health services. This unit forms the knowledge and competency basis for health managers and lays the groundwork for more advanced education in the leadership role of health executives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food is a fundamental human need and a prerequisite to good health. Ensuring that the food we eat is safe is a major function of both government and industry. The food sector is one of the largest industries in Australia, with over 20 billion meals provided each year. Even though the food supply in Australia is one of the safest in the world, government data indicates that each year over 5 million cases of gastroenteritis are believed to be caused by contaminated food (most of these being unreported to health authorities). The aim of this unit is to develop a detailed understanding of food contaminants, food safety principles and legislation and their application so that future health professionals are able to identify and implement processes to ensure a safe food supply and prevent food-borne illness in the community. The material in this unit focuses on food safety regulation, but is also relevant to professionals working in the areas of food service management and nutrition.
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.
Effective response to major incidents and disasters requires individuals who can help communities and organisations prepare, respond and recover. Individuals responsible for leading the response and recovery of health services in the event of a major incident should have extensive knowledge and understanding of the principles of disaster management, the disaster management arrangements in place internationally, nationally and locally and the principles and practice of disaster response and recovery. They should also possess high level skills necessary to lead organisations to effectively respond to and recover from major incidents and disasters. This unit is part of a four unit study area in Emergency and Disaster Management. PUN451 introduces you to the basic concepts. PUN452 details the planning and preparedness arrangements and PUN454 addresses the leadership requirements to make the necessary changes in systems and structures.
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. This unit builds on the environmental health concepts covered in PUN620 and the legal concepts of environmental protection covered in PUN363.
Public health practice originated from the study and prevention of communicable diseases. Whilst public health practice has widened in scope, reducing the incidence of both existing and emerging communicable diseases (nationally and internationally) remains one of the greatest challenges to public health practitioners. Relevant activities undertaken by local/state health agencies include public health surveillance and outbreak investigation measures, immunisation programs, monitoring and enforcing infection control standards, and vector control programs. A comprehensive overview of communicable diseases is provided at the start of this unit, followed by a focus on the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
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.
To successfully manage health, safety and environmental hazards, the practitioner needs to be able to communicate effectively and select and implement appropriate tools and management strategies.Recognising and developing leadership skills is also crucial for achieving their full potential in the field, This unit is therefore designed to integrate the theory and practice covered in other environmental health/occupational health and safety units, and equip students with management, leadershipand communication tools and strategies that can be applied in a range of contexts.
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.
In the challenging environment of the contemporary health system, managers will be required to provide organisational leadership to ensure that services continue to evolve to meet the changing community needs and the changing service delivery challenges. Such leadership requires the acquisition of knowledge and the development of competencies in leadership that may enable the future manager to address the current and future challenges. The unit further develops skills in addressing contemporary problems in public health related to the management of health services and prepares students to consider the strategic importance of leadership throughout all public health areas. You will be challenged to critically evaluate your leadership capabilities and philosophy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Purposefully positioned at the beginning of your course, this unit scaffolds essential learning about the scope of social work or human services, the professional context, and the changing occupational patterns of and service delivery. It is important that you start to explore your own motivation for becoming a social work or human service practitioner and begin to develop your professional identity. This unit also considers it essential that you are provided with the foundation for developing a critical approach to practice, grounded in social justice and social change. The concepts of power, oppression, privilege, and positionality will be explored. An understanding of critical practice, cultural diversity and the construction of 'difference' is presented as fundamental to commencing your reflective learning journey that you will continue throughout the social work or human services course.
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.
Graduates across a wide range of professions must have an understanding of human rights and ethics together with an appreciation of their relevance for many contemporary global, regional and national issues. This unit provides an introduction to human rights . It is deliberately located within a broad political, legal, social, cultural and economic framework. It examines the relationship between human rights and thematic challenges including climate change, poverty,and oppressive forms of intolerance and discrimination. It offers the opportunities to investigate present day concerns relating to the human rights of women, Indigenous peoples and minority groups as well as specific topics such as human trafficking, harmful cultural practices, workers' rights and child soldiers. It includes a range of Australian human rights, ethical and social justice issues.
Social work and human service professionals practice from a social justice perspective to engage with people who experience disadvantage. This unit focuses on understanding the structural dimensions of Australian society influenced by the global neoliberal context that produces, reproduces and entrenches inequality, poverty and precarity through uneven resource distribution and major social problems. Critical theory with a sociological lens is used to examine the contested space of policy (e.g. health, education, and income support), diverse institutions and systems (such as parliament, social services, media) that underpin the political economy of Australia and the welfare state. The unit is located in the first year as it provides the foundation for developing a critical orientation to practice and aspiring to create a more democratic, egalitarian society by introducing students to the fundamentals of Australian society, social policy and social service provision.
Social work, human services and allied professions are identified as 'helping' professions, yet have been, and in some circumstances continue to be, complicit in enacting discriminatory and harmful social policies. To prevent perpetuation of these practices it is essential that practitioners possess knowledge of their professions' role in colonising practices. Practitioners require a deep understanding of how the profound disadvantage evidenced across social, health, and economic indicators, are embedded in colonisation. Understanding the impacts of dispossession, colonisation and policy directives on the ability to achieve self-determination and empowerment as basic human rights provides a requisite platform for culturally safe practice and helps redress social exclusion and marginalisation. Critical self-awareness, reflexivity and reflective practice, along with a strong critical analysis of institutionalized racism and privilege, are essential components of culturally safe practice.
For effective practice, social workers and human servicespractitioners need a deep, crtically informed understanding of the nature and importance of relationships for human well-being identity and social justice. The immediate social worlds of individuals and families are complex, dynamic and heavily influenced by their socio-political context.To appropriately support people through professional practice an appreciation of this aspect, as well as the impact of diversity and difference is required. Through understanding these complexities social work and human service practitioners can shape their practice to better respond to the needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. This unit provides introductory knowledge for professional practice and is located in first year as a foundation for subsequent critical theory and practice.
This unit focuses on social work and human services with children and families with an emphasis on providing support and services to parents so they are better able to identify and meet their children's needs. It introduces you to the continuum of welfare and family support services in Australia and knowledge and skills central to effective work with children and families. You will critically analyse the application of selected social work and human service practice approaches to work across a range of service contexts for children and families. Students from education, psychology, and health related areas also find this unit useful as it provides a foundation in theories and approaches for inter-professional practice with children and families that is transferable to a wide range of professional settings.
As social work and human service practitioners it is essential to have an understanding of and capacity to critique the range of ways young people are constructed in academic and popular contexts. It is also important for practitioners to have an appreciation of current policies oriented to young people and the nature of the various service delivery systems and programs in operation. This unit aims to give you a critical appreciation of the different ways 'youth' is understood in academic, policy and popular contexts, which is of fundamental importance if policy and practice responses and choices are to be understood.
Social work and human service practitioners are expected to be familiar with critical casework processes and practice models, including understanding their strengths and limitations and implications for practice. Accordingly, this unit provides foundational knowledge and skill for practitioners who will utilise these critical tools. It is located in the second year and will provide an opportunity for you to apply key principles and theories to practice scenarios in preparation for forthcoming placements. It extends from SWB221, which examines the helping processes from a range of critical social work perspectives. The aim of this unit is to enable you to develop your understanding of critical casework and its relevance of these for practice in complex and diverse settings.
Community level practice is a key social work and human services method. Various theories and approaches to 'community' and community work have been developed and used in practice. In recent years this has extended to include the need for locality oriented frames of 'space' and 'place', particularly as these apply to disadvantaged localities and tensions in various people's use of public spaces. This unit develops baseline practice skills and techniques for community-level practice underpinned by social work and human service ethics and values. Located in second year, this unit introduces you to the particular field of community work practice, building on foundational knowledge about social work and human services systems.
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 Skills 2 further develops key academic literacy, practical and quantitative skills which are required for practicing biomedical scientists. The unit provides opportunities to apply these skills through collaborative work, development of teamwork skills, effective interpersonal skills and scientific communication. This unit is designed to expand students' knowledge of important skills and competencies, including studies in quantitative data analysis and biostatistics, foundational biomedical physics, and health bioinnovation that provide a strong foundation for continuing studies in the broad range of biomedical disciplines and related health areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]).
A detailed knowledge and understanding of regional and cross-sectional anatomy is a basic requirement for radiation therapists working in clinical and diagnostic settings to excel in their performance in radiotherapeutic procedures. This unit exposes the student to the theoretical and practical concepts of the anatomical regions of the human body. These regions include the head, neck, back, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, with a focus on the lympathic system.
A detailed knowledge and understanding of regional and cross-sectional anatomy is a basic requirement for diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers to excel in their performance in imaging procedures. This unit exposes the student to theoretical and practical concepts of the anatomical regions of the human body. These regions include the head, neck, back, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, and the upper and lower limbs with a focus on the major joints.
An understanding of how medicines work forms the basis of recognising clinical effects and adverse reactions. All members of the community have a responsibility in understanding drug action as consumers and health professionals. The work of health professionals is variable but may include communicating with consumers about their medicines, monitoring subjects, accurately reading and interpreting medical charts, checking doses, administering medicines, and monitoring for effects such as adverse drug reactions. They need confidence in these areas in order to have discussions with their patients and other health professionals, especially prescribers. This unit provides the principles of pharmacology which will prepare you for your role as a health care professional, medical scientist and/or consumer in administering and monitoring medicine use to improve health outcomes for Australians in accord with quality use of medicines.
Medical microbiologists investigate microorganisms, those found within a human host as normal regional flora and those that cause human infectious diseases. This unit will introduce you to the diversity of microorganisms, the spectrum of infectious disease states, methods for the detection and identification of aetiological agents, and directed and supportive therapies for treating infections. In this unit you will develop expertise in the laboratory techniques applied in the diagnostic microbiology laboratory, the ability to interpret the significance of diagnostic testing results, and to communicate these results and your recommendations to medical professionals.This unit is positioned in the developmental phase of your course and assumes proficiency in the laboratory skills and theoretical learning from first and second year in LQB181, LQB281 and LQB362. Combined with LQB562 in third year, LQB462 will prepare you for employment in a diagnostic microbiology laboratory.
The study of biochemistry, along with cell and molecular biology, provides you with the knowledge required for an effective understanding of the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. This unit advances the studies begun in LQB381 Biochemistry and further develops your knowledge and understanding of biochemical and molecular studies into metabolic pathways and processes occurring in living cells with a focus on human metabolism in health and disease. This unit provides you with a knowledge base and skills for advanced studies in biochemistry, as well as support for higher level units in life science and allied health courses.
In order to recognise human pathology in a clinical setting, an understanding of the anatomical presentation of organs in health is essential. This unit focuses on the acquisition and application of knowledge of the human body systems of the thorax, abdomen, head and select regions of the limbs to a medical imaging context. Imaging modalities in plain and contrast radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging will be explored to understand the context of their application in the clinical setting. Furthermore an understanding of typical patterns of anatomical variability will be examined through case studies and exploration of human donor material, where you will further develop effective teamwork and self-management skills, essential attributes of clinicians and biomedical scientists. This unit will build on your knowledge gained in first level anatomy and provide relevant knowledge and skills for more advanced studies in Anatomical Sciences and Human Physiology.
Understanding the role of cells and how their cellular components are fundamental to a healthy life is crucial for your understanding of how they become disregulated in disease and how individual components might be targeted to treat diseases. This unit builds on your knowledge of cellular components to examine how these come together structurally and functionally to build cells and tissues that function as part of a whole organism capable of surviving and protecting itself from disease and trauma. It will provide a platform for students undertaking the final year cell and molecular biotechnology units. This unit will provide hands on laboratory experience working with cells and will enhance skills in assessing, summarising and placing biomedical research in the context of health and disease.
An appreciation of how the human body works is an important prerequisite to understanding the basis of health, disease, diagnostic technologies and treatment strategies. This unit deals specifically with the physiological systems that are responsible for the maintenance of health in humans. It therefore provides a useful frame of reference for students enrolled in biomedical science, pharmacy, human movement studies, nutrition and dietetics or any of the life science majors. In the course of the semester you will investigate half the systems that constitute the human body with the remainder dealt with in the first semester unit Medical Physiology 1 (LQB388).
Skills in cytogenetics and molecular biology are now widely used across all of the pathology disciplines. These two specialties represent one of the fastest growing test request areas in diagnostic laboratory medicine, with demand increasing nearly 200% over the last five years. Through alignment of theoretical concepts and practical skills, this lab-based unit expands on the themes introduced in your earlier cellular, molecular, genetic and bioinformatic studies to introduce the knowledge and practical skills used routinely in modern pathology genetic testing. You will apply your learning and skills from this unit in your third year clinical units.
This unit is designed for students in biomedical sciences, to provide a strong grounding in microbiology and to contribute to the knowledge base of fundamental microbial processes that underpin the pathogenic potential of select species. This unit is a core unit in the infection and immunity strand, building on concepts introduced in Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases (LQB362). Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis (LQB494) continues the study of the host-microbe interaction with a focus on microbe-specific factors underpinning infectious disease progression, which is essential for future studies of more complicated or detailed molecular microbiology analyses. You will develop industry-relevant practical skills and use cutting-edge technology in laboratory classes, which will prepare you for a career in biomedical research, medical biotechnology and postgraduate studies in biomedical science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit will study the technical principles and practical techniques that are essential for advancing research and development in biochemistry and biotechnology.
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.
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.
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.
An appreciation of pharmacology and how drugs interact with physiological systems is important for biomedical scientists. This unit will extend your understanding of systems physiology/pathophysiology gained in Medical Physiology 1 (LQB388), Medical Physiology 2 (LQB488) and Understanding Disease Concepts (LSB111) and help you understand the principles behind the use of medicines as well as the rationale for the development of new drugs. There will be an emphasis on learning about the major mechanisms of drug action. This unit will focus on common diseases and a number of body systems, including the peripheral and central nervous systems, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and endocrine system. This unit will prepare you for working in the field of clinical physiology, or for further studies in allied health, or medicine, and provide an understanding of the physiological basis of pharmacology for students interested in undertaking research in this exciting field.
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and research into its treatment and prevention has significantly improved cancer mortality rates. This unit will build upon knowledge and skills acquired from Cell and Molecular Biology (LQB182); Human Health and Disease Concepts (LQB281), Cell Biology (LQB485), and other Biomedical Science units to specifically inform the study of cancer biology and the implementation of technologies employed to investigate this complex group of diseases. This unit has a substantial practical focus and will prepare students for further study in medical or biomedical fields, or for biomedical research. Cancer is a major research priority at QUT and this unit will provide a strong foundation for undertaking Higher Degree Research in this field. The unit will also deliver a hands-on experience in cancer research laboratory techniques that will ably equip cell and molecular biology students intending to enter the workforce following graduation.
This unit is designed for students undertaking the human physiology major in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. You will integrate and apply knowledge obtained from Medical Physiology 1 (LQB388) and Medical Physiology 2 (LQB488) to study a number of advanced topics in physiology. In addition you will develop your ability to discuss, interpret and critically analyse important scientific issues. By successfully completing this unit you will be able to demonstrate a range of important skills including critical thinking, team work, planning, scientific writing, time-management, problem-solving and organisation skills. This unit has a very strong practical focus and you will investigate physiological problems independently and as a member of a team. This background will provide you with an advantage for future studies in a research honours program (such as the Bachelor of Biomedical Science - Honours), for further research work in biomedical fields, or for clinical physiology positions.
Biomedical research utilising animal and tissue models requires histological analysis as a key methodological process. The practical application and theoretical underpinnings of tissue histology is therefore an essential skill for all biomedical scientists. The purpose of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the application of histological techniques routinely used in research laboratories. This unit also provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in a range of histological techniques including tissue embedding, sectioning, common histochemical stains and immunohistochemistry. The unit is positioned in the advanced phase of the course and builds upon the introductory tissue concepts covered in Human Systematic Anatomy (LQB183) and concepts of tissue adaptation in Developmental Anatomy & Tissue Adaptation (LQB382).
While technical expertise is important for a successful career in biomedical science, high level interpersonal skills, such as effective communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and working effectively in a team are also valued highly by potential employers and research project leaders. This unit offers opportunities for you to independently design and work on a research project throughout the semester, which will assist you in developing both biomolecular research and interpersonal skills. This unit is a capstone biochemistry unit designed to prepare you as a prospective graduate for independent and team-based research.
This unit is designed to give you the essential concepts and techniques driving research and industrial biotechnology so that you will be equipped for multiple careers in the biological sciences. The skills you develop will allow you to enter a practical laboratory environment or to apply your knowledge in related areas of evaluations of technologies and intellectual property.
The goal of cytopathology is to predict the underlying histology of lesions using small samples obtained by minimally invasive methods. The results are used to direct patient management and often involve the integration of diagnostic tests you have developed and applied in earlier units, such as histology, immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology. This unit builds on the knowledge and practical skills you have gained in LSB466 and LSB566 to expand your practical/technical and diagnostic skills. This unit prepares you for employment in a diagnostic cytopathology laboratory and introduces the types of specimens reported, methods of processing applied and the cytological features used to diagnose tumours and benign conditions.
The development of diagnostics and therapeutics for safe and effective clinical use is a complicated process filled with commercial, regulatory and ethical compliances. This advanced level unit will enable you to understand this process as it relates to emerging treatments of health problems especially within the South-East Asia region. In this unit you will further develop your scientific research and analytical skills to design innovative solutions for improving modern biotechnology. This unit has a substantial practical focus and will prepare you for subsequent involvement in medical research and/or the biotechnology industry.
Our immune system has evolved to discriminate between self and non-self in order to protect us against disease and to avoid autoimmunity. Understanding how our immune system works will allow an appreciation of the analyses, and their performance, required to monitor its function in health and disease. As one of the final units in the infection and immunity learning progression, this unit will collate the fundamental and advanced knowledge of immunology covered in the Biomedical Sciences' Infection and Immunity study area, or Principles of Immunology (LQB387), and illustrate the application of this knowledge and understanding by immunologists to recent real-world research focus areas. This approach will assist with your transition from university study into research career paths that employ immunological techniques to explore infectious disease.
Infectious diseases continue to be a major public health concern in developed and developing countries. The emergence of drug-resistant bacteria and viruses that cause disease outbreaks and epidemics are a significant global health burden. Microbiologists play an essential role in the detection and management of infectious diseases; research into the pathogenesis and epidemiology of the microbial pathogens; and the development of new diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic technologies to prepare for disease outbreaks. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of infecitous diseases to recent real-world disease outbreak cases. This unit will also expose you to researchers and infectious disease experts from universities, hospitals, and government organisations that deal with infectious diseases on a daily basis and will provide you with insights into career opportunities within this field.
A modular unit to recap and combine the interdisicplinary fields of clinical medical science. Occuring in the experienced phase of the course, this unit requires knowledge from previous units, to embed and instil contemporary developments in medical science and influences in the provison of pathology testing.
Medical laboratory scientists, like all health professionals, are increasingly required to work in diverse environments and communities. This unit introduces to the principles of cultural safety such as self-awareness and biculturalism, transcultural interaction and communication, which form the basis of all human, patient and health professional exchange. The prevalent pathologies, health outcomes and testing environments encountered in remote and low resource environments differ in many respects from the urban-based approaches and laboratory contexts covered in the course to date. This unit will broaden your knowledge of the application of pathology testing in these settings, including practical experience in the implementation of point of care testing.
This is a foundational anatomy unit for clinical practice in Podiatry which requires a detailed understanding and knowledge of the systematic and regional anatomy of the lower limb. This unit introduces you to the theoretical and practical concepts of these two areas of anatomy. It builds on LSB131 Anatomy and prepares you for your clinical studies.
A strong background in human physiology is crucial for students in professional health courses. This unit will introduce and develop your knowledge and practical skills in physiology and provide you with the necessary foundation for subsequent units in physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, endocrinology or pathology. You will also develop a range of skills, including practical, written and oral communication skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This unit is designed to encourage your interest in current applications in medical physiology, health and medicine.
This unit reinforces fundamental assumed knowledge of cell structure and function and introduces you to both theoretical and practical aspects of gross, systemic and microscopic anatomy of the human body with emphasis on microscopic anatomy. Unit material will include the structure of cells and major tissue types. This unit will also introduce you to the relevant anatomical structures of the human body systems. The practical component of this unit extends the development of microscopy skills introduced in first semester (LQB182 Cell and Molecular Biology) so that you can develop the capacity to critically analyse histological sections and identify normal human tissues and organs. Knowledge and practical skills acquired in this unit will allow you to engage with more advanced studies in the general cellular and pathological processes which underlie major diseases of human organ systems (LSB365 Pathology).
Human physiology is the study of the normal function of the human body and a strong understanding of this discipline is important for all biomedical scientists. This first year foundation unit will introduce you to the principles underlying normal physiology as well as the major organ systems of the human body. As physiology forms the basis of medicine you will learn about a number of common and important diseases that illustrate the importance of maintaining conditions in the body within normal physiological limits. You will gain laboratory skills in physiological measurement and be able to interpret the data collected. This unit will provide you with a strong foundation for further studies in physiology, pharmacology, pathology and pathophysiology and will complement studies in anatomy, cell and molecular biology and biochemistry.
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.
Quality and Analysis in Clinical Pathology develops previous work undertaken in MAB141 and LQB381, and builds towards work which will be undertaken in LSB525 Chemical Pathology. With an emphasis on the discipline of clinical biochemistry, this second year unit explores a range of analytical techniques and the quality assurance standards and practices in place in real world pathology laboratories. Assays must be performed with accuracy and precision, and data and results validated according to quality standards, and troubleshooting skills also developed. With emphasis on the knowledge, skills and values required for good laboratory practice, and a commitment to high quality results, this unit prepares you for the more complex procedures and automated technologies in the third year units and the clinical pathology workplace.
Histological techniques are often essential for diagnosis and management of disease, and therefore constitute an important skill set for medical laboratory scientists. The purpose of this unit is to provide you with the opportunity to learn the theory underpinning basic histological techniques routinely used in clinical as well as research laboratories, and how they are applied and interpreted. From a whole of course perspective, the unit LSB466 Histological Techniques incorporates and builds upon your learning in LSB255 Foundations of Anatomy and Histology, and LSB365 Pathology, and prepares you for LSB566 Histopathology in the third year of your course.
Optometrists and podiatrists require a strong knowledge base in microbiology for their professional practice and on which to base future studies within their discipline. A detailed knowledge of infectious agents, their structure, prevalence and pathogenicity will enable you to apply these concepts to infection control to prevent the transmission of disease and to understand the mode of action of antimicrobials. You will also study infectious agents that are aetiological agents of disease states of the feet or the eyes or of public health significance, and appropriate methods for the management and treatment of these disease states. Basic knowledge of biology and chemistry is assumed for this unit.
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.
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.
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.
Endocrinology is a specialised area of study in clinical biochemistry and investigates pathologies associated with the hormonal control mechanisms that regulate metabolism and growth within the body. This unit is in the course to provide you with essential scientific and technical skills to prepare you to work as a medical laboratory scientist. The unit is positioned in the developmental phase of the course and is preceded by LSB525, the study of chemical pathology. Combined, these units prepare you for employment in both smaller multi-disciplinary laboratories performing a limited number of biochemical tests, as well as larger specialised laboratories performing in-depth studies of all aspects of chemical pathology and endocrinology.
Haematology is the study of blood and investigates pathologies associated with non-malignant and malignant blood cell dyscrasias, and abnormalities of the haemostatic system that lead to an increased risk of bleeding or thrombosis. In order for you to work effectively, and with confidence, it is essential you are also able to identify and investigate less frequently encountered dyscrasias and complex cases. This unit is positioned in the developmental phase of the course and assumes knowledge and practical skills from LSB555.
Clinical Physiology (LSB658) is an advanced unit that will build upon your existing knowledge of disease processes and practical skills gained in units you have previously undertaken. You will also be able to utilise your individual background knowledge gained throughout your course in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and clinical practice to solve and suggest treatment for complex cases. This unit will give you an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of a wide range of diseases/disorders with particular emphasis on disorders that are currently identified as areas of national health priority by the Australian National Medical Health and Research Council (NHMRC),. The unit will further your skills in managing emergency situations by exposing you to new clinical scenarios with complex background pathophysiology, and assist you in developing new practical skills in clinical physiology instrumentation and data analysis.
Medical scientists must be competent in the laboratory procedures and practices required to provide a safe and reliable blood transfusion service, when employed in clinical laboratories. This involves testing of blood samples for donors and patients, mainly in transfusion and pregnancy scenarios. Transplantation science similarly involves compatibility testing of donors and recipients, but for tissues other than blood. This unit is positioned in the late developmental phase of the course and requires that you have foundational knowledge in human immunology and haematology. This unit prepares you for employment in laboratories that participate in transfusion services, such as pathology/hospital bloodbanks.
Nutrition Science investigates the biochemistry and physiology of macro and micronutrients and their manipulation in the prevention and management of nutrition problems in individuals, groups and populations. It integrates nutrition knowledge with the science of biochemistry and physiology, and provides the foundation on which further studies of nutrition and dietetics can be built.
This unit fits within the suite of units designed to give an overall coverage of basic and complex nutrition principles for all age groups and introduces nutrition related chronic disease. It focuses on food intake and promotion of diet-related health across the lifecycle in more depth than previously covered in first year and underpins primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease for individuals, groups and populations. The unit focuses on nutrition requirements and practical food based advice each lifecycle stage beginning with pre-conception and continuing with each major life stage through to old age. It takes into consideration universal nutrition recommendations as well as selected and indicated social and cultural populations and settings, such as schools; and food patterns such as vegetarianism. It introduces population health approaches which will be further explored in XNH350 Community and Public Health Nutrition.
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.
This unit is designed to develop a basic understanding of the ways in which human movement is analysed from a biomechanical perspective, and to develop the skills necessary to complete simple analyses of human motion. Knowledge of basic biomechanical concepts is essential for all health related professionals. The aim of this unit is to understand the biomechanical principles of human movement, measure and analysis human movement and apply the biomechanical principles to optimising human movement.
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.
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.
This unit builds on the nutrition unit in first year (XNB151) and applies the nutritional principles to the sport and exercise setting.
This unit will develop theoretical understanding and practical skills in strength and conditioning for general fitness. A combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills is required to enable the safe and effective prescription of appropriate exercise. This unit is designed to introduce you to theoretical concepts, apply them to practical situations and develop basic skills and competencies for implementation and prescription of strength and conditioning for general fitness. You will build on prior knowledge of functional anatomy and physiology to develop understanding of the acute physiological stresses and chronic adaptations to resistance training.
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.
This unit is designed to integrate knowledge from the core areas of exercise science (exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and functional anatomy) and apply them to analysing sports performance. An ever-increasing range of quantitative information about human performance is available, including training and workload data, individual motion and kinematics, competition results. Extracting key information from this data to support decision-making is an increasingly important process, whether in optimising training, talent identification, or tracking performance in sport; informing clinical and rehabilitation decisions following injury, or in more specialised settings in exercise and movement science research. A key component will be utilising available technology to collect the data, analyse the data and make sense of the data to the athletes and coaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit enables you to acquire the graduate level capabilities of planning and delivering a broad range of exercise programs for individuals and groups, building on knowledge and competencies acquired in the first two and-a-half years of the course. It complements XNB382 Principles of Exercise Prescription and will normally be taken in parallel with practicum, XNB472. The unit will emphasise principles such as proper progression, overload, recovery and individualisation, and the use of appropriate evidence in the design and implementation of programs, and the selection of activities for a range of athletic and general populations.
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.
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.
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.
This beginning level unit aims to establish cognitive skills in clinical reasoning which inform provision of nursing practice. Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice emphasised are: thinks critically and analyses nursing practice (ST1); engages in therapeutic and professional relationships (ST2); maintains the capability for practice (ST3); develops a plan for nursing practice (ST5); evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice (ST7). National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards addressed at an introductory level are: preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections; medication safety; patient identification and procedure matching; clinical handover; preventing and managing pressure injuries; preventing falls and harm from falls. This unit directly links to subsequent Integrated Nursing Practice units. Course themes emphasised are: evidence-based practice, scientific foundations of practice, and person-centred care.
This unit explores inquiry in clinical practice by examining the role of research and the use of evidence in nursing practice. Skills in interpretation of evidence will be developed and an overview of various approaches to research are examined to enable students to be effective consumers of research. The relationship between research, evidence and safety and quality in health care is explored. This knowledge is foundational to all remaining units in the course. Contemporary nursing work requires the ability to seek, interpret, analyse, synthesise, and integrate evidence into practice. Facilitating ongoing improvement in nursing practice requires different ways of thinking, broader perspectives and decision making informed by evidence. The course themes emphasised in this unit are global health, evidence-based practice and person-centred care.
This unit focuses on the national health priority of mental health and explores social determinants, legislation and policies that inform nursing care provision. Mental health issues are a universal human experience across the lifespan and serious mental health conditions affect many Australians. Students gain knowledge of major mental health conditions and psycho-pharmacology. Learning activities embed concepts of a recovery approach and cultural safety in promoting positive messages that challenge stigma and discrimination. Emphasis is given to development of the professional self and attributes of trust, rapport building, and non-judgemental disposition. Focus is also given to developing skills in assessing and responding to people experiencing mental health issues including history-taking, mental health and risk assessment-using the recovery model. Course themes emphasised are evidence-based practice, cultural safety, and person-centred care.
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.
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.
This unit focuses on integrating theory with clinical practice at a developing-level during 160 hours of clinical placement. Students are expected to draw on prior knowledge and skills to develop their practice. Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice emphasised are: thinks critically and analyses nursing practice (ST1); comprehensively conducts assessments (ST4); develops a plan for nursing practice (ST5); provides safe, appropriate, and responsive quality nursing practice (ST6); and evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice (ST7). National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards addressed at a developing level are: preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections; medication safety; and preventing falls and harm from falls. The course themes emphasised in this unit are evidence-based practice, scientific foundations of practice, person centred care, global health, and interprofessional collaboration.
This unit aims to consolidate cognitive skills in clinical reasoning by intergrating prior knowledge and skills and further develop students' understanding of decisions that inform nursing practice at a developing level. Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice emphasised: thinks critically and analyses nursing practice (ST1); comprehensively conducts assessments (ST4); develops a plan for nursing practice (ST5); provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice (ST6); evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice (ST7). National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards addressed: preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections; and medication safety; and preventing falls and harm from falls. This unit links to subsequent Integrated Nursing Practice units. Course themes emphasised are evidence-based practice, scientific foundations of practice, health technology and health informatics, and person-centred care.
This unit offers the opportunity to undertake further clinical practicum experiences to enhance students' ability to practice competently in a range of clinical situations. Also the focus is on integrating knowledge, skills and attributes required to successfully integrate theory with clinical practice. 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); comprehensively conducts assessments (ST4); develops a plan for nursing practice (ST5); provides safe, appropriate, and responsive quality nursing practice (ST6); and evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice (ST7). This unit complements other second year units and links to Integrated Nursing Practice units.
Cardiovascular client disorders are commonly encountered by nurses practicing in a variety of clinical settings. Continually advancing health care, combined with changing lifestyles, means cardiothoracic complaints either directly contribute to hospital admission or form part of the ever expanding list of patient comorbidities. This unit provides an overview of cardiothoracic nursing and learning activites encompass theoretical concepts specific to this specialty as well as related clinical skills. It builds on introductory concepts that have been addressed earlier in the degree through more detailed exploration and reflection. It is expected learning activites will consolidate and link existing knowledge with new knowledge and development of related clinical skills in this practice area.
A critical part of any eye examination is an assessment of ocular health. Optometrists are primary health care practitioners, and the majority of patients who require an eye examination consult an optometrist. Therefore, optometrists are at the forefront of the fight against eye disease, and play a major role in the detection of systemic diseases that cause ocular signs and symptoms. Extensive coverage of the topic of eye diseases therefore forms a major part of optometric studies. This unit is a continuation from OPB550 and provides students with the knowledge and capabilities to detect and diagnose eye disease, and to take appropriate clinical action. OPB650 focuses on building knowledge of diseases influencing the posterior eye, ocular manifestations of systemic disease and neuro-ophthalmology. Knowledge from this unit will be highly relevant to future units in the Master of Optometry (OP85) course involving clinical optometric practice and therapeutic management of eye disease.
This unit provides the theory and practical skills knowledge in the use of advanced clinical techniques used in eye examinations to assess ocular health (ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, gonioscopy) and visual function (visual fields, colour vision). It introduces the theory guiding these techniques, and develops the procedural and communication skills required to accurately, efficiently and safely perform these techniques. The unit also develops your skills in the recording and interpretation of the clinical data obtained from these techniques to inform patient advice and management. The ability to accurately, efficiently and safely perform these clinical techniques in eye examinations is a requirement for clinical practice, forming the basis for assessment and management of patients in optometry practice. This unit builds on the clinical techniques developed in OPB556 Assessment of Vision 5, and will be further developed during the clinical units in OP85 Master of Optometry.
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).
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.
This unit begins clinical practice in the specialist areas of contact lens practice and binocular vision and low vision. Students will begin development of clinical case management and problem solving strategies in these specialist areas of clinical practice. They will also develop higher level clinical examination techniques, reinforcing and refining clinical skills developed in the previous specialist clinical units in these areas.
This unit continues clinical optometric practice in the primary care area within the Optometry program. Through clinical practice, students will further develop specific problem solving strategies in clinical practice, and further develop problem specific examination techniques, reinforcing and refining clinical skills developed in previous units. This unit continues the transfer of theoretical and practical skills to the clinical situation. Students will take on a gradually increasing responsibility for clinical decision making and management.
This unit introduces students to the basic biological and psychological processes underlying perception, memory, learning, problem solving, consciousness, and language. In addition, research participation experience is provided to the students. Psychology is a broad-ranging discipline encompassing the scientific study of human behaviour and its physiological, cognitive, and social bases, and the systematic application of this knowledge to applied problems. The goal of the first-year units in psychology is to introduce the major subfields and perspectives in psychology, and to develop an understanding of the research methods used in psychological research. These units lay the foundation for more specialised study in later years. The Mind and the Brain (PYB102) focuses on biological and cognitive aspects of psychology, while the areas of developmental psychology, social psychology, individual differences, and psychopathology are introduced in Foundation Psychology (PYB100).
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.
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.
This unit provides an introduction to life span developmental psychology. The unit covers the major theories of life span development and includes biological, social and cognitive aspects of development from birth through to old age. It emphasises the interdependency of all aspects of development and the importance of the physical, family, socio-cultural and historical contexts within which development occurs. The unit aims to develop the student's understanding of general patterns of human development and of the ways in which the development of particular individuals and groups may vary from these general patterns.
Cognitive psychology is a major empirical and theoretical area of psychology which explores the processes and structures involved at each stage of information processing within the brain. The structures and processes involved in perception provide the brain with its basic information about both the external world and many of the current states of the individual. Higher level cognitive processes and structures provide the foundation upon which more complex aspects of behaviour are based. This unit is to introduce students to basic concepts and issues in perception and cognitive psychology, and to develop an appreciation of the major contemporary theories of how we process and perceive information. The unit is placed in second semester of second year so that students following the normal course structure have an adequate background in research design and data analysis.
Psychological and human service delivery involves providing counselling to clients regarding a variety of life problems and mental health issues. This unit provides an introduction to the major approaches to psychotherapeutic intervention. This unit develops the student's knowledge of counselling process and skills and provides practice in changing the ways in which people express, conceptualise and respond to their concerns. It emphasises skills in solution oriented approaches but also covers a range of models and skills for workers in crisis situations. It provides a basis for further studies in counselling in settings requiring psychotherapeutic intervention, and other modes of delivery such as couple, family or group work. Students are introduced to the philosophical assumptions and principles that underlie each counselling approach and the process of change. Emphasis will also be placed on effective microskills that assist in developing a positive working alliance with clients.
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.
Forensic Psychology will introduce you to the overlap between psychology and the law; assist you to understand the influence and impact of this branch of psychology within the criminal justice system; and to provide you with an overview of the practice of forensic psychology. The study of psychology and law draws from a multi-disciplinary base for the application of specialised knowledge. As a student of this discipline area, you will acquire an appreciation of (and a critical perspective on) psychology and the law across the three criminal justice domains of the police, the courts, and corrections.
This unit aims to develop and extend your understanding of issues relating to behavioural pharmacology with a particular focus on substances commonly associated with addiction, including substances used in the treatment of addictive behaviours and mental illness. This unit focuses predominantly on those substances that are commonly associated with addiction, including substances used in the treatment of addictive behaviours and mental illness. The context for learning about specific substances is built on an understanding of the principles of behavioural pharmacology (including a review of neurobiology and the pharmacokinetic effects of common substances) and related research methods. While this is a stand-alone unit, it will complement the material covered in other units on addiction (e.g. PYB159, PYB360) and could be combined with other units to constitute a minor sequence.
This unit enables you to develop your work-literacy and work-readiness, by providing opportunities to apply psychological knowledge in workplace contexts, supported by activities that promote critical reflection on your learning and workplace practices. In cooperation with the Unit Coordinator, you will arrange a 50 hour work placement. You may nominate prefered placements from a pre-organised list of organisations maintained by the School of Psychology & Counselling, or you may negotiate your own placement at another organisation (unit coordinator approval). You will be supported by on-campus workshops and activities designed to promote critical reflection on your workplace experience. All students considering this unit are strongly encouraged to apply for a Blue Card (suitability for working with children and young people clearance) before the commencement of semester as this clearance is required by most of our host organisations.
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.
This unit covers the principles of diagnosis and treatment for psychopathology. Disorder aetiology, treatment approaches, and the standard of evidence that underpins our knowledge of psychopathology are discussed. Students will learn about the formal systems that are used to define a clinical disorder, and how to apply classification systems for the identification of psychopathology. An integrative approach to the understanding of psychopathology is emphasised, highlighting the reciprocal influence of biological, psychological, cultural and social factors on pathological functioning. This unit will provide students with a strong understanding of the evidence that underpins contemporary approaches for the identification, classification, and treatment of major classes of mental illness.
This unit examines the psychological dimension of physical illness, health, and health care. There is a strong focus on health psychology in an Australian context with a focus on cross-cultural and Indigenous health-related issues. The unit examines definitions of health and health psychology; the role of health psychology; the determinants of health behaviours (e.g., cognitive, attitudinal, motivational, personality, social, developmental); community health; medical settings and patient behaviour; patient and practitioner communication; stress, illness, and coping; and chronic illness.
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.
This unit forms extends on the methods covered in PYB210 to more complex designs and data analysis. Research design and data analysis skills are core skills in the discipline of psychology. They are not only essential tools for researchers in psychology: They are also integral to the scientist-practitioner model of professional psychological practice. In addition, a sound understanding of research design and statistical techniques will enable you to become critical consumers of psychological research. This unit will provide you with a thorough grounding in analysis of variance techniques, as well as providing an introduction to multiple regression, and extending your skills in qualitative analysis methods. These data analysis tools are used in a broad range of research designs in the social sciences. The unit is both theoretical and practical (analysing data using SPSS), giving students a firm understanding of the principles underlying each analysis and their interpretation.
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.
This unit advances your understanding of major theories and methods in the study of human lifespan development, with a specific emphasis on development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, including late adulthood. As a unit that focuses on the application of developmental theories and research it builds on the knowledge and skills you gained in PYB203 Developmental Psychology, and provides you with opportunities to extend and apply this knowledge to consider normal and atypical development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, including late adulthood. The unit also offers you opportunities to practice the use of developmental research methods and to develop further your critical evaluation, oral and written communication and group work skills. As such, the unit prepares you for transition into professional life and/or fourth year and postgraduate studies in the area of educational and developmental psychology.
Family therapy, based on a systemic or relationship understanding of human problems, has been one of the most significant influences in the fields of counselling and psychology in recent times. With the increasing emphasis on the family as a focus for social policy, support services, research and intervention, it is important for counsellors and psychologists to have some familiarity with the basic concepts and skills of this broad approach. This unit focuses on providing basic skills and concepts from one particular approach which will be called 'Constructive Therapy', combining aspects of solution-focused therapy, possibility therapy, narrative therapy and reflecting team practice. You will be given opportunities to contrast this approach with other major models, and to examine its uses with particular kinds of family situations. You will also be exposured to practical skills through structured exercises.
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.
This unit is an elective unit within the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology). PYB374 explores the main psychology theories and research methods used in traffic psychology and how these theories and research methods are applied to understand risky driving behaviours. The main research methods explored in this unit include the use of: surveys/questionnaires and observations, physiological recordings (e.g., EEG, ECG, EOG, EMG, eye tracking, actigraphy), driving simulators, and in-vehicle assessments/instrumented vehicles (e.g., actigraphy, GPS, OBD2). The unit has a strong focus on the practical learning and critical analysis of research methodology used in traffic psychology as well as the interplay of psychological theories and research methodology with the assessment of road user behaviours.
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.
This unit will provide the student with an understanding of the management and operating principles of health information services.
This unit extends the fundamental health promotion knowledge learnt in PUB215 Public Health Practice, and PUB530, Health Education and Behaviour Change to enable the translation of knowledge into practice. The range of health promotion strategies available to practitioners working in health related fields, relative strengths and weaknesses for addressing specific health problems and practical considerations for effective implementation in contemporary health promotion practice provide an essential field of study for those who wish to work in a health promotion or related field. PUB406 provides essential learning for PUB875 Professional Practice.
An understanding of the research process, different types of research, and how to interpret and critically evaluate research in its multiple forms is needed to work effectively in Public Health and related areas. This unit strengthens skills and knowledge acquired in prior units within the Public Health degree, most particularly those pertaining to the core Public Health competencies of assessment and analysis by focussing on research design and planning. The unit aims to prepare you to critically engage with, evaluate and conduct high quality research within Public Health and related areas; skills that are needed in the majority of Public Health-related professional positions.
Quality and risk management are increasingly important areas of activity for health care professionals with regard to clinical and administrative services, patient advocacy and more generally within health services as a whole. This unit provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop a quality management program, perform quality improvement activities, and expand outcomes into process improvements and organisational change. Methods of health care performance measurement are explored, and a clinical quality framework model is introduced. Issues relating to administrative and clinical data quality, safety and privacy in an increasingly electronic health care environment are also considered. This unit aims to provide a broad overview of health service and clinical management, and is suitable for all undergraduates enrolled in a health-related degree.
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.
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.
Population growth, non-renewable energy use, pollution and consumption are threatening the Earth's planetary systems that enable human health and wellbeing. With strong community pressure, government and private organisations are increasingly interested in environmental management, corporate compliance with environmental laws and showcasing their adoption of sustainable practices that reduce their ecological footprint. Organisations rely on environmental management, sustainability and HSE professionals to effectively manage environmental protection and lead in the adoption of new ideas and technologies that advance sustainable ways of working and living. The unit builds on previous study in the Master of HSE. It assumes high level understanding of the science, sustainability principles and imperative legal frameworks for environmental management. It promotes collaboration in complex thinking and collective capacity for effective action to address both local and major planetary challenges.
Effective responses by the health system to the major challenges derived from a rapidly changing world require effective planning which integrates capital, workforce and service planning. Planning is both a technical and political activity. Planning ranges from implementation of pre-set activities to the more contentious problem of how to make decisions about spending where there are fiscal, social and environmental resource constraints. Health managers have a responsibility to lead the future direction of health services by planning for future needs. This unit is an introduction to the principles and practice of integrated health planning and the evaluation of the effectiveness of health policies, plans and services. This unit will cover the spectrum of planning including the identification of the planning context, data to inform planning, the planning process, articulation of the plan into action and post implementation evaluation.
Epidemiology is an important scientific discipline in health research, clinical practice and public health decision-making. Currently, there is an increasing demand for scientific evidence-based health research and public health policies, and an increasing trend towards health research that considers complex biological, environmental and societal inter-relationships and/or evaluates the effectiveness of population-based interventions. You will learn about recent developments in epidemiology that contribute innovative research designs and analytical methods to complement these needs. Such knowledge and skills are critical for evaluation of current epidemiological literature, design of health research, and interpretation of research results. This unit will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in critique of epidemiological literature, design of research projects, and interpretation of research findings.
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.
Quality and risk management are important areas of focus and activity in the health industry as health service operation and performance is increasingly regulated and monitored by governments and funders. At all levels of the health system, individuals, teams, divisions, organisations, boards and policy makers are expected to contribute to the maintenance of health care quality and safety standards and to participate in the quality improvement of services provided. This unit provides you with advanced knowledge of leadership theories and frameworks critical for an effective quality and safety culture in health care organisations and promotes the development of the personal attributes and leadership skills required to engage and motivate staff in strategic quality improvement and innovation. The aim of this unit is to develop appropriate knowledge and skills to lead the implementation of effective quality and patient safety programs within a health care setting.
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.
Effective management of major incidents and disasters requires individuals who can lead and direct health organisations to prepare, respond and recover from such incidents. Such individuals should have extensive knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of disaster management and disaster management arrangements in place internationally, nationally and locally. The unit is intended for those who are likely to be responsible for designing response arrangements, instructing others in those arrangements and for managing the health service strategically throughout a major incident. You will advance your capacity for strategic system wide planning and management; develop your skills in analysis of the roles of organisations involved in disaster management; apply strategic leadership principles to the management of media and communications; and critique the associated legal and financial arrangements.
Health policy is a major driver of health systems, their structure and functioning. Well-informed and executed policies contribute and communicate important information and evidence in the management of health organisations. The globalisation of the health sector and its governance structures as well as the changing global burden of disease present policy-makers with a complex and challenging environment in which to construct and implement responsive health policy. This unit will provide you with a critical understanding of policy-making theories and principles as well as the interplay of factors that influence policy development, implementation and evaluation. Global health issues will be used to illustrate and critically evaluate the policy process providing you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake health policy development, implementation and evaluation in a wide range of contexts.
Based in a workplace, this unit takes an experiential approach to synthesise your knowledge of health care systems with your skills of investigation and analysis of complex information to contribute to professional practice and scholarship. This unit involves the planning and execution of a substantial work-based research project or equivalent capstone experience, by applying the principles and concepts studied across the course into the real world of health services delivery and health policy. A capstone unit is a point of transition for you, and prompts reflection and coherence to the whole course experience. Limited placements are available. Students are matched to placements based on placement availability and student competencies.
This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and furthers your knowledge and skills developed in PUP032 and PUP038 for developing a health promotion program. With a large portion of health promotion work involving the development of health promotion programs, the unit allows you to develop the skills that are essential for a health promotion practitioner. PUP034 provides you with opportunities to build, practise and provide evidence of your analysis and problem-solving skills for developing a health promotion program proposal. The unit should be taken either concurrently with PUP037, or before it.
Evaluation is a crucial aspect of health promotion and public health work. Within the health sector there is strong competition for funding from the government and non-government sectors. The need to use evidence upon which to make judgments about programs and influence policy rests increasingly on robust evaluations. This unit will advance your knowledge and application of evaluation techniques. This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and furthers your knowledge and skills developed in prior units. PUP037 provides you with opportunities to build, practise and provide evidence of your analysis and problem-solving skills for developing a health promotion program evaluation plan. You will conduct a small-scale evaluation of a health program based on theory and the evidence. The unit should be taken either concurrently with PUP034 or after it as PUP037 assumes that you are currently receiving or have prior knowledge in health program planning principles.
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.
Human service and social work professionals engage with people in a wide variety of situations across a range of fields of practice. The legal dimensions of practice range from the nature of legislative provisions to the legal accountabilities of direct practice. Practitioners often work with vulnerable and/or marginalised persons, groups and communities and need to understand the law as both context and as a dynamic resource with which they can engage. Legal and ethical considerations in practice often intersect and are usefully examined in conjunction with each other. An understanding and capacity to respond to ethical dimensions of practice situations is central to professional capability and requires you to develop literacy about key ethical approaches and concepts, and the capability to critically apply social work and human service professional Codes of Ethics.
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.
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.
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.
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. You will also have practice in the transfer of generic social work and human service skill to work with children, families and caregivers, in particular you will study engagement and assessment practices for building productive relationships with children.
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.
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).
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.
Social work occurs in a very wide range of practice contexts. This unit provides you with an opportunity to develop skills in researching a particular area of practice, skills which are highly relevant to good practice and ongoing professional development. Project outcomes will be negotiated at the beginning of the project and subject to the approval of the unit coordinator.
This unit critically examines mental health and mental illness within contemporary society. It enables students to develop introductory knowledge and skill to support their understanding and capacity to intervene and/or support individuals, families, groups and communities impacted by mental health problems or mental illness. Students are introduced to challenges associated with stigma and discrimination, diagnosis and assessment that is dominated by the medical model, mental health services across the lifespan, gaps in service delivery, vulnerable individuals, groups and communities with specific needs, and relevant Australian policy. The importance of the community-based consumer-led recovery model is highlighted throughout the unit and students are positioned to critique and challenge existing service infrastructure with a view to ethical social work 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.
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.
This unit builds your capacity to integrate your learning across the course, and to refine your critical framework for practice. You will explore complexity present in contemporary social problems, such as climate change, structural disadvantage, and poverty, which shape the lives of clients, and identify your own integrated vision for practice. Social workers and human service workers are at the forefront of redressing these complex issues that create inequality and barriers for individuals, groups and communities. This unit extends on and integrates knowledge and theories, values, ethics and different practices learnt across the course journey to position professional frameworks for practice. It considers the way professionals can make a contribution to the field or difference in the lives of vulnerable people and communities.
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.
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.
All qualified social workers need to have an appreciation of the relevance of research for practice, particularly given the emphasis on evidence-based practice in the field. Research can provide one form of evidence, alongside other sources of knowledge, to inform practice decision-making about efficacious approaches. Research also plays a role in highlighting alternative ways of addressing individual and social needs, as well as providing a foundation for advocacy and social change. This unit builds on SWN002 and prepares you for SWN020 where you will implement the research project you design in SWN019.
This unit synthesises the knowledge and skills gained across your degree, in particular your learning in SWN019 Research Skills for Social Work. Research skills are a required competency for Social Workers. There is increasing expectation regarding critical analysis of evidence informing practice, hence social workers need to demonstrate the efficacy of their practice. Social workers need to not only have an understanding of relevant social research methods but also be capable of implementing these methods to produce research outcomes of significance. Within this unit you will design and implement a research project in a rigorous and ethical manner. This research project is a major scholarly endeavour and serves as a critical component of the capstone experience as it assesses the application of your 'whole of course' knowledge, skills and values and aligns with the completion of your final placement and your Professional Learning Plan.
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