Health and community units

Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Biomedical sciences

  • LSB111 Understanding Disease Concepts

    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.

Chemistry, physics & mechanical engineering

  • PCN211 Physics of Medical Imaging

    Most medical imaging modalities now produce images in digital form. These digital images frequently undergo processing such as enhancement, registration, fusion and 3D reconstruction. Digital image processing and 3D image visualisation techniques are also extensively used in nuclear medicine and radiotherapy planning. Consequently, computing, numerical methods and digital image processing are necessary skills of a practising medical physicist. This unit is designed to make the student familiar with image visualisation methods and imaging in nuclear medicine, and to develop skills in digital image processing.

Exercise & nutrition sciences

  • XNB151 Food and Nutrition

    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.

  • XNB390 Teaching Primary HPE

    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.

  • XNB396 Child and Adolescent Health

    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.

Health

  • HLN004 Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management

    The prevalence of chronic conditions and the range of factors contributing to their development are increasing and placing demands on communities and health care systems worldwide. Major chronic conditions will be considered within a continuum of care with a particular emphasis on primary health care and the prevention, rehabilitation and management of chronic conditions in the Australian and International contexts.   You will examine and critique a range of current policies, frameworks, strategies and approaches to the prevention and management of chronic conditions and then contextualise and apply these findings to your particular area of practice or interest.

Justice

  • JSB174 Forensic Psychology and the Law

    Forensic Psychology is readily acknowledged as one of the fastest growing areas of psychology in the world. Psychologists are now involved significantly in policing, judicial procedures and correctional processes. The term 'forensic' literally means 'of or used in law courts' (Australian Oxford Paperback Dictionary). The phrase 'psychology and the law', however, is now used more generally to describe the different ways in which psychology and law intersect - namely the psychology of the law, psychology in the law, and psychology by the law. By its very nature the study of psychology and law draws from a wide multidisciplinary base for the application of specialised knowledge. As a student of this discipline area, you will need a broad introductory appreciation of (and a critical perspective on) what the study of psychology and the law involves.

Nursing

  • NSB102 Professional Practice and Cultural Safety

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

  • NSB202 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Well-being

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

Psychology & counselling

  • PYB000 Psychology in Professional Contexts

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

  • PYB007 Communication for Health Professionals

    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.

  • PYB100 Foundation Psychology

    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.

Public health & social work

  • HLB001 Health Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

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

  • PUB100 Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology

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

  • PUB102 Foundations of Health Information Management

    This unit gives an introductory overview to health information management students of the field of health information and their role in the health information management profession. 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.

  • PUB104 Australian Health Care Systems

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

  • PUB204 Resourcing and Managing Health Budgets

    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.

  • PUB208 Understanding Health Information

    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.

  • PUB209 Health, Culture and Society

    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.

  • PUB215 Public Health Practice

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

  • PUB332 Sustainable Environments for Health

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

  • PUB336 Women's 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.

  • PUB358 eHealth Concepts

    This unit will provide the student with an understanding of contemporary health information technologies and their application in the health sector. Students will have the opportunity to explore the technical requirements and processes surrounding the introduction of electronic health records, including privacy, person and provider identification, hybrid EHRs, interoperability, terminologies, EHR structures, decision support systems, internet applications and management of transition to EHRs and legacy systems.

  • PUB380 Casemix and Activity Based Funding

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

  • PUB461 Qualitative Inquiry in Public Health

    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.

  • PUB514 Contract / Project Management

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

  • PUB530 Health Education and Behaviour Change

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

  • PUB561 Statistical Methods in Health

    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.

  • PUN105 Health Statistics 1

    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.

  • PUN210 Contemporary Health Management

    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.

  • SWB100 Orientation to Social Work and Human Services

    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.

  • SWB102 Human Development and Behaviour

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

  • SWB105 Contemporary Human Rights

    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.

  • SWB108 Australian Society, Systems and Policies

    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.

  • SWB109 Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities

    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.

  • SWB110 Understanding Families and Relationships

    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.

  • SWB204 Introduction to Child and Family Services

    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.

  • SWB207 Introduction to Youth Services

    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.

  • SWB211 Casework and Case Management

    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.

  • SWB212 Community and Place Based Practice

    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.

  • SWH202 Health, Wellbeing and Social Work

    Social workers frequently work in the health system and when working in other fields of practice, the health and wellbeing of their clients, their families and more broadly the community,  remains of central importance. This unit is placed in the second year of the social work course, providing opportunity for students to build upon existing knowledge and self-awareness to enable critical exploration and analysis of relevant knowledge, theories and systems relevant to health and wellbeing. Specifically, health is introduced as a “social” idea, with consideration of the social determinants of health, as well as the social causes and consequences of health inequalities. Using a holistic understanding  and consideration of health challenges across the lifespan, models of health are evalualted and priority given to a biopsychosocial-spiritual-cultural approach to understanding health and wellbeing.

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Biomedical sciences

  • LQB285 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals

    This unit will introduce students to pathophysiology (study of disease processes), and will address the predominant disorders affecting Australians across the lifespan, particularly those identified by the National Health Priority Areas as contributing significantly to disability and death in Australia. This unit will build on foundational knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body developed in Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals (LQB185). An understanding of diseases gained within this unit will prepare students for subsequent health assessment and nursing practice within the Integrated Nursing Practice units.

  • LQB883 Intercultural Health in Clinical Practice

    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.

  • LSB365 Pathology

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

  • LSB466 Histological Techniques

    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.

  • LSB525 Chemical Pathology

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

  • LSB566 Histopathology

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

  • LSB625 Diagnostic Endocrinology

    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.

Chemistry, physics & mechanical engineering

  • PCB272 Radiation Physics

    Radiographers require a basic knowledge of general physics and more detailed theoretical background to the physical basis behind the equipment design, construction and materials and the increasing technological support for developing modalities. The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of radiation physics related to x-ray production and radiographic practice and how radiation interacts with matter.

  • PCB675 Radiation Safety and Biology

    This unit covers radiation protection and the biological effects of radiation on the human body. It is aimed towards those who are likely to be working with ionizing radiation in the workplace.

  • PCN212 Radiotherapy

    This unit provides an overview of the application of physics to radiotherapy including theoretical and practical aspects of the major topics in radiotherapy physics. The unit builds on your previous knowledge of radiation physics and applies it to radiotherapy.

Clinical sciences

  • CSN025 Principles of Medical Ultrasound

    The field of medical ultrasound is scientifically based in an environment that is rapidly changing and undergoing considerable technological advancement. An understanding of the physical processes of ultrasound, the equipment design features and the interactions of sound in human tissue are essential for professionals working in this field. This unit is offered in the first semester to ensure you have a fundamental understanding of the physical principles of ultrasound; the knowledge gained can then be applied to other units offered in the ultrasound courses.

  • CSN500 Podiatric Therapeutics 1

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  • CSN501 Podiatric Therapeutics 2

    This is the second unit in the Podiatric Therapeutics course. This unit builds on the theoretical concepts introduced in Podiatric Therapeutics 1 (CSN500) and requires a sound understanding of physiology, disease processes, medicine, pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. The unit provides you with a practical understanding of the use of scheduled medicines in the therapeutic management of foot and related lower limb disorders. Podiatrists make therapeutic decisions that require consideration of legal, ethical, financial, pharmacological, medical and patient factors before delivering the most efficacious, safe and appropriate treatment, including no treatment. This unit will equip you with the skills necessary to utilise scheduled medicines in clinical practice, including how and when collaboration with members of the health care team is required and how to access appropriate information resources to guide therapy.

Exercise & nutrition sciences

  • XNB251 Nutrition Science

    This unit is completed in the developmental stage of your course and builds on your learning in XNB151 Food and Nutrition, LQB381 Biochemistry and LQB388 Medical Physiology 1.  Nutrition Science investigates the macro and micronutrients including aspects such as structure, food sources, digestion, absorption, metabolism and excretion, functions in the body, deficiency and toxicity, requirements, and assessment of status, the prevention and management of nutrition problems in individuals, groups and populations.

  • XNB252 Food and Nutrition Across the Lifecycle

    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.

  • XNB271 Motor Control

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

  • XNB272 Biomechanics

    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.

  • XNB273 Exercise Physiology

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

  • XNB274 Functional Anatomy

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

  • XNB277 Exercise and Sports Nutrition

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

  • XNB282 Resistance Training

    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.

  • XNB351 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1

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

  • XNB370 Performance Analysis

    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.

  • XNB371 Motor Control and Learning 2

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

  • XNB372 Biomechanics 2

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

  • XNB373 Exercise Physiology 2

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

  • XNB375 Sport Psychology

    A key aspect of sport science is the role psychology plays in optimal levels of performance. This unit introduces psychological principles underpinning sport performance and the common tasks and decision-making processes involved in the applied work of a sport psychologist. This unit builds upon the foundational first year unit, XNB175 Exercise Psychology.

  • XNB380 Cardiorespiratory, Metabolic and Renal Disorders

    This unit is a clinical unit that develops key clinical knowledge required for exercise physiology practice. This unit specifically focuses on the cardiorespiratory, metabolic and renal disorders, including their epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical course, diagnostic and assessment procedures, and treatments. By identifying the causes of each disorder, along with their epidemiological characteristics, the underlying mechanisms that affect movement capacity, and approaches taken to diagnose, assess and treat these disorders, the unit aims to develop your knowledge of these disorders so that you can recognise how they affect and respond to movement, exercise and activity. This unit links to XNH386 Clinical Skills for Exercise Physiologists, where practical assessment skills relevant to the disease states covered in this unit, are taught.

  • XNB381 Musculoskeletal, Neurological and Occupational Disorders

    This unit is a clinical unit that develops key clinical knowledge required for exercise physiology practice. This unit specifically focuses on the neurological, occupational and musculoskeletal disorders, including their epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical course, diagnostic and assessment procedures, and treatments. By identifying the causes of each disorder, along with their epidemiological characteristics, the underlying mechanisms that affect movement capacity, and approaches taken to diagnose, assess and treat these disorders, the unit aims to develop your knowledge of these disorders so that you can recognise how they affect and respond to movement, exercise and activity. This unit links to XNH386 Clinical Skills for Exercise Physiologists, where practical assessment skills relevant to the disease states covered in this unit, are taught.

  • XNB382 Principles of Exercise Prescription

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

  • XNB385 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.

  • XNH350 Community and Public Health Nutrition

    This unit is in the third year of your program and is core to your development in the area of community and public health nutrition an essential competency for both nutritionists and dietitians. It explores issues in public health nutrition and provides you with the necessary skills to undertake program planning and evaluation in the application of nutrition to communities and populations.

  • XNH354 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2

    This unit consolidates your knowledge and skills in the application of the nutrition care process and clinical reasoning skills to the nutritional management of disease, focussing on more complex cases and/or co-morbidities. You will apply critical thinking in the nutritional management of individual clients including the assessment, diagnosis, prioritisation and delivery of practical food based advice and evaluation in a range of social and cultural contexts.    This unit is only for students undertaking studies in dietetics.

  • XNH355 Nutrition Assessment

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

  • XNH481 Clinical Exercise for Cardiorespiratory, Renal and Metabolic Disorders

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

  • XNH482 Clinical Exercise for Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

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

Nursing

  • NSB132 Integrated Nursing Practice 1 On Campus

    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.

  • NSB203 Inquiry in Clinical Practice

    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.

  • NSB204 Mental Health: Self and others

    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.

  • NSB232 Integrated Nursing Practice 2 Off Campus

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

  • NSB233 Integrated Nursing Practice 3 Off Campus

    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.

  • NSB236 Integrated Nursing Practice 3 On Campus

    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.

  • NSB412 Clinical Elective

    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.

  • NSB603 Introduction to Cardiothoracic Nursing

    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.

  • NSN728 Health Care Context and Service Provision

    This is a core unit that develops knowledge of the contemporary health care context and the issues impacting health professionals in the delivery of effective, sustainable nursing care. The unit will explore broader health care contextal issues that impact on the nursing profession and health service delivery. For example, equity and access to health services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the ageing population. It provides an opportunity to examine the impact that policies, global and national health trends have on nursing service provision. Knowledge and critical application of the principles of cultural safety, primary health care and social inclusivity are examined to develop recommendations for changes in nursing services, justified by literature and evidence.

Psychology & counselling

  • PYB067 Human Sexuality

  • PYB102 The Mind and the Brain

    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).

  • PYB159 Alcohol and Other Drug Studies

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

  • PYB202 Social and Organisational Psychology

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

  • PYB203 Developmental Psychology

    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.

  • PYB204 Perception and Cognition

    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.

  • PYB208 Counselling Theory and Practice 1

    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.

  • PYB215 Forensic Psychology and the Law

    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.

  • PYB257 Group Work

  • PYB260 Psychopharmacology of Addictive Behaviour

    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.

  • PYB301 Psychology in the Community: Placement

    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.

  • PYB302 Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology

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

  • PYB304 Physiological Psychology

    The unit serves as an advanced level unit, the last in a series of units examining biological bases of behaviour.  Advanced topics spanning clinical neuropsychological investigation, research methods and functional neuroanatomy will be covered.

  • PYB306 Psychopathology

    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.

  • PYB307 Health Psychology

    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 Individual Differences and Assessment

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

  • PYB356 Counselling Theory and Practice 2

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

  • PYB358 Advanced Developmental Psychology

    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.

  • PYB359 Introduction to Family Therapy

    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.

  • PYB360 Interventions for Addictive Behaviours

  • PYB372 Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

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

  • PYB374 Applying Traffic Psychology

    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.

Public health & social work

  • HLN707 Research Methods in Health

    The purpose of this unit is to help you plan your research and develop a viable and ethical research proposal, which will prepare you to undertake an independent 24 credit point project (HLN703) or a 48 credit point dissertation (HLN700 or HLN750-1, -2) or acts as a stand-alone research unit for 'scholar-practitioners'. This unit aim to provide clinicians and health practitioners the supported experience of becoming a scholar practitioner and able to link their research knowledge with practice. Students will learn how to apply theoretical and methodological rigour to their work in practice.

  • PUB101 Introduction to Clinical Classification

    Clinical classification (clinical coding) is one of the major speciality tasks of a health information management service in a hospital. Clinical classification responds to internal and external demands for clinical information for management decision making, research and education. Coded data is used to underpin decisions relating to hospital funding, meaning that there is an imperative for the codes to be assigned correctly to ensure hospitals receive appropriate financial resources. PUB101 aims to develop your foundational skills in interpreting clinical documentation and clinical code selection. It will involve detailed study of all five classification volumes, comprising the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Australian Modification, the Australian Classification of Health Interventions and the Australian Coding Standards (ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS). Practical application of the principles and techniques of coding will be undertaken.

  • PUB202 Advanced Clinical Classification

    This unit will allow you to build on your skills in the application and rules for classification of diseases and health interventions using the International Classification of Diseases 10th revision Australian modification (ICD-10-AM), the Australian Classification of Health Interventions and the Australian Coding Standards. You will refine your clinical knowledge, improve your skills in abstraction of data from source documents and understand the need to access feeder information systems to support coding. You will also learn and apply coding quality assessment techniques. This unit has special conditions of assessment required for students to demonstrate coding competency.

  • PUB326 Introduction to Epidemiology

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

  • PUB359 Health Information Management

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

  • PUB371 Transition to Professional Health Information Management Practice

    This is one of the final three units prior to graduates commencing work as a health information management professional. Recognising that your level of expertise is at the beginner practitioner level, this unit is designed to develop professional skills in critical reflection that help define you as a health care professional and set you on a pathway of continuing professional development. It will also instil and nurture your development in the areas of personal qualities, values, attitudes and behaviours which are fundamental to HIM practice within the broader context of health care. Through the opportunity for work integrated learning, you will develop evidence based knowledge and implement reflective processes to improve the quality of your health information practices. These strategies and processes are necessary for the transition into the workplace.

  • PUB373 Integrated Health Information Management Practice

    The aim of this unit is to develop high level, practical Health Information Management skills. Increased understanding of the various roles that health information managers play in the health care system is emphasised through work integrated learning experiences. Students will undertake project work as negotiated with their placement supervisor. This is the capstone unit for the Health Information Management course and a time for you to cement your framework for professional practice. This unit will provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon your learning goals, reevaluate the outcomes of your earlier academic experiences and further develop understanding of your role as a professional health information management practitioner. The outcome of this placement unit will provide you with a sound platform from which to move from the university setting to the workplace.

  • PUB406 Health Promotion Practice

    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.

  • PUB416 Research Methods

    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.

  • PUB490 Quality Management in Health

    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.

  • PUB545 Health Policy, Planning and Advocacy

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

  • PUB565 International Health

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

  • PUN015 Environmental Management and Sustainability

    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.

  • PUN017 Health Planning and Evaluation

    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.

  • PUN103 Advanced Epidemiology

    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.

  • PUN214 Systems of Quality and Safety in Health

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

  • PUN219 Leadership of Quality and Safety in Health

    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.

  • PUN452 Disaster Planning and Preparedness

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

  • PUN454 Leadership in Disaster Management

    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.

  • PUN640 Health Systems

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

  • PUN688 Health Policy in a Global Context

    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.

  • PUN704 Health Management Internship

    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.

  • PUP034 Health Promotion 3: Program Planning

    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.

  • PUP037 Health Promotion 4: Program Evaluation

    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.

  • SWB200 Working in Human Service Organisations

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

  • SWB219 Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Social Work and Human Service Practice

    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.

  • SWB220 Practice Theories

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

  • SWB221 Professional Practice Processes and Assessment

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

  • SWB222 Advanced Communication for Social Work and Human Services

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

  • SWB304 Child Protection and Family Practice

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

  • SWB306 People, Community and Disability

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

  • SWB307 Youth Services Practice

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

  • SWB312 Global Challenges and Practice

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

  • SWB405 Advanced Social Work Project

    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.

  • SWH311 Mental Health and Social Work

    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.

  • SWH400 Policy Skills for Professional Practice

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

  • SWH401 Social Research for Social Change

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

  • SWH404 Complexity in Social Work and Human Services Practice

    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.

  • SWN002 Introduction to Social Work Practice and Contexts

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

  • SWN019 Research for Social Change

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

  • SWN020 Practice Research Project

    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.