Health and community short courses

Course Description
Basic radiographic techniques for X-ray operators This course provides the basic physical principles and radiographic techniques used in imaging the chest and extremities.
Becoming an agile clinician Improve your practice as an agile clinician with this workshop for school psychologists and counsellors.
CARRS-Q road safety essentials Courses to develop skills in the road safety and injury prevention fields, offered by our Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q).
CT anatomy for radiation therapy This course provides radiation therapists with the knowledge to interpret CT images.
Disaster management This course prepares you with the knowledge, skills and strategies required to manage health services in the event of a major incident or disaster.
Disaster planning and preparedness This course examines how communities and organisations develop and implement policy for disaster management.
Disaster response and recovery Disaster response and recovery is a two one-day seminar which examines how communities and organisations respond to disasters.
Family mediation practice This program is designed to provide the hours of supervised family dispute resolution practice required by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
General Surgical Anatomy Course Our 15-week General Surgical Anatomy Course (GSAC) lets you further enhance your knowledge of anatomy education in relation to general surgical anatomy.
Health care law and ethics Participants in this short course will develop an understanding of health law, health ethics and the relationships between the two.
Health planning and evaluation This course introduces the principles and practice of integrated health planning, and evaluates the effectiveness of health policies, planning and services.
Introduction to quality management in health Gain an in-depth understanding of quality management and advanced skills in the development of quality management programs in clinical frameworks.
Leadership in disaster management This course develops your capacity to lead and manage health services that are prepared for and capable of managing a major incident or disaster.
Leadership in health management This course provides you with knowledge and competencies to enable you to cope with the complex and changing environment of health care delivery.
Leadership of quality and safety in health care This course provides students with knowledge and skills to implement effective quality and patient safety programs within a health care setting.
Metacognitive interpersonal therapy for personality disorders This course focuses on metacognitive interpersonal therapy, which has promising results in the treatment of complex personality disorders.
Palliation in dementia care As a health professional, you will build your contemporary knowledge and skills required to care for people with severe dementia and their families.
Palliative care nursing in various contexts Provides registered nurses with beginning-level knowledge and skills to meet the health needs of people requiring palliative or end-of-life care.
Principles of ophthalmic nursing This course provides students with contemporary knowledge and skills to meet the health needs of people with a variety of eye disorders.
Professional law program We offer units from the Master of Laws course for professional development.
Professional mediation program Gain the skills and accreditation needed to become a nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), or both.
Radiation therapy practice professional development modules These online modules are available to qualified radiation therapists and related professionals to engage in readily accessible professional learning.

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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 engineering & medical physics

  • 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.

Biomedical sciences

  • LSB111 Understanding Disease Concepts

    This unit reviews the anatomy and physiology of human body systems and links those to pathogenesis of disease. Systems and topics covered are: integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive and urogenital. Examples of diseases introduced are: heart disease and hypertension, cancers, diabetes, obesity, dementia, stroke, asthma and chronic obstructive lung diseases.

Exercise & nutrition sciences

  • XNB151 Food and Nutrition

    This unit introduces the food and nutrition system and its role in health. It will cover food and its constituents, changing requirements throughout the lifecycle and the application of dietary assessment methodologies and food selection guides. Basic skills to search and appraise scientific literature are developed here to underpin more advanced studies in Nutrition Sciences. This unit is also of interest for students from a range of study area with an interest in nutrition.

  • XNB172 Nutrition and Physical Activity

    This unit introduces you to the role of appropriate nutrition and physical activity in the creation and maintenance of optimal health according to the national guidelines. The unit develops foundational knowledge established from evidence based practice. The focus is on the importance of a healthy lifestyle in multiple contexts and developing an appreciation of the complex factors which influence individual and population behaviours. The unit complements XNB151 Food and Nutrition. This unit develops the knowledge and skills required to underpin later units which address the role of nutrition and physical activity in the prevention and management of disease and enhancement of wellbeing. It is also relevant for students from a range of study areas where nutrition and physical activity are applicable.

  • XNB390 Teaching Primary HPE

    This unit provides students with knowledge of how to integrate Health and physical education within the other key learning areas. Students learn the connection between physical activity and health and its role in meeting the developmental needs of children. Additionally, they 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

    This unit focuses on the wide range of factors that impact on the health of individuals in the two crucial stages of life: childhood and adolescence. An analysis is made of knowledge, beliefs and skills required for promoting health-enhancing behaviours during these ages and experience is provided on some of the skills needed to assess and maintain the health status of children and adolescents.


  • JSB174 Forensic Psychology and the Law

    This unit develops your knowledge and skills of the discipline of forensic psychology, affording you a critical perspective on what the study of psychology and the law entails and what it has to offer across the three criminal justice domains of the police, the courts and corrections.


  • 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. As well as providing you with an opportunity to demonstrate the skills themselves, PYB007 will introduce you to the factors that can impact on how effective your communication is likely to be across contexts such as when communicating with diverse populations, communicating during times of stress or trauma, group communication, and cross-cultural communication.

  • PYB100 Foundation Psychology

    The unit, and the companion unit PYB102, serve as a general introduction to behavioural science, including a census of the current disciplines in the area.  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 students who are 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 members of the health care team. It also helps identify the key issues confronting the provision of health care.

  • PUB204 Resourcing and Managing Health Budgets

    In this unit, you will consolidate your knowledge about the Australian healthcare system, and learn how health resources are allocated and managed at the macro (health system) and micro (health service and departmental) level. At the macro level you will learn about the context and drivers of health resource allocation to benefit population health. At the micro level, you will learn approaches to decide what to fund, how to source and allocate funding and how to distribute the benefits in the face of competing demands for scarce resources. You will focus on the principles of effectiveness, efficiency and equity when examining the implications of resource allocation decisions at the health service level and develop a sound understanding of the principles, processes and practice of financial management, including governance, costing, budgeting, and reporting.

  • 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 will assist public health professionals to recognise the potential of health information as a valuable resource. The unit provides context to the quality and accessibility of health information.

  • PUB209 Health, Culture and Society

    This unit is concerned with the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness and how they relate to health status and patterns of behaviour. It introduces you to thinking about health from sociological and anthropological perspectives, drawing on relevant concepts and theory to examine selected public health issues. Identifying and addressing social and cultural factors that shape people's experiences of health, illness and health systems are integral to public health practice in terms of reducing health inequalities, delivering appropriate services and ultimately improving population health outcomes.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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 are essential to generate knowledge of people's lived experiences, the meanings they ascribe to them, and to the social dimension of health. The nature and complexities of many public health problems require a mix of research methods and the contributions of qualitative inquiry are increasingly recognised. The practical skills acquired in this unit can be applied to a wide range of public health works, including community based program evaluation, international health and health social science research.

  • 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

    This unit introduces the foundation concepts required to competently apply and interpret common statistical methods for the analysis of health data. Rather than superficially covering a wide variety of statistical tests, this unit will focus on achieving competency of the most common fundamental tests that analyse non-repeated data. Statistical analysis is inextricably linked to research design, which drives the choice of descriptive summary of data, choice of statistical test, and interpretation of the statistical analysis. You will be provided with substantial practical experience in the application and interpretation of the most common statistical methods.

  • PUN105 Health Statistics 1

    Beyond a common core of statistical concepts, each discipline area emphasises its own set of descriptive and inferential statistical methods and even terminology. The content of this unit emphasises both core and health specific statistical methods in the health sciences. Students are provided with substantial practical experience in the application and interpretation of the most common statistical methods to health data, and are also made aware of data management principles in preparation for analysis. There is a strong emphasis on applying concepts through critical reading and discussion of the literature and worked examples from a range of topic areas.

  • SWB100 Orientation to Social Work and Human Services

    At the beginning of studies in Social Work and Human Services it is essential that you develop a clear understanding of the scope of social work or human services, the context in which they are located, and the changing patterns of professional occupations and service delivery. It is also essential that you begin to explore your own motivations for becoming a social work or human service practitioner and begin to develop a sense of professional identity. It is anticipated that your engagement with this reflective journey will continue throughout the social work or human services course. An understanding of cultural diversity and the construction of 'difference' are integral to social work and human service practice. Understanding and reflecting on cultural diversity will be an embedded feature of this unit.

  • 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

    This unit examines the relationship between human rights and thematic challenges including climate change, poverty, terrorism 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.

  • SWB108 Australian Society, Systems and Policies

    It is imperative for human services and social work professionals to have a comprehensive understanding of the diversity of factors within Australian society which lead to and sustain disadvantage, marginalisation, social exclusion and injustice and breaches of human rights. This unit provides an introduction to Australian society with a particular focus on those institutions, structures, systems and processes which are critical and relevant for professional practice.

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

    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 practice and thereby helps to redress the profound disadvantage evidenced across a range of social, health and economic indicators, social exclusion and marginalisation. Effective social work and human service practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities requires practitioners to possess an in-depth understanding and knowledge of past practices and policies and their continuing impact in contemporary society. Reflexive and reflective practice, where you look inward and deconstruct your own values and beliefs about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their social and community contexts are critical skills for potential social work and human service practitioners.

  • SWB110 Understanding Families and Relationships

    The family is typically where people receive care and support. For most people it is in their family that they develop their sense of identity and establish the skills and attitudes fundamental to relating to others. Social workers and human service professionals are often responsible for assessing the needs of families or supporting family members to care for each other. In this unit you will gain foundational knowledge about the role of family in individual growth and development and in the provision of informal social care and support.

  • SWB204 Introduction to Child and Family Services

    The unit focuses on developing competent social work and human services professionals by providing you with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and dispositions specifically relevant to work with 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SWB318 Disaster Health: Principles, Planning and Practice

    This interdisciplinary unit introduces students to the principles and practices used in the management of major incidents and disasters, and the processes affecting individuals, groups and communities in the response and recovery phases. It has a particular emphasis on health and welfare responses. The roles, responsibilities and tasks which authorities and others undertake in order to safeguard the community and minimise disruption, dislocation and trauma are examined. Effective response by these systems to major incidents and disasters is examined along with the responsibilities and roles of individuals who must understand organisational planning and preparation, disaster management, and service coordination.

  • SWH202 Health, Wellbeing and Social Work

    Social workers frequently work within the health system and even where they work in other areas, the health and wellbeing of their clients remains central to their practice. The social determinants of health, as well as the social consequences of health problems, are both very much part of the social work landscape. Hence it is critical for social workers to ensure their knowledge and skill-sets include a specific focus on health and wellbeing. This unit is placed in the second year of the social work course, providing you with an opportunity to understand the foundation theories and systems relevant to 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 engineering & medical physics

  • 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.

  • 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.

Biomedical sciences

  • LQB285 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals

    In this unit, students will gain understanding of the diseases that have the greatest impact on the Australian community and healthcare system, particularly the conditions students are most likely to encounter in future professional practice; for example, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, dementia and asthma. Students will also be introduced to physiological changes across the lifespan.

  • LQB883 Intercultural Health in Clinical Practice

    Medical laboratory scientists, like all health professionals, are increasingly required to work in a range of environments and communities. This requires knowledge of the types and applications of pathology testing, as well as skills that enable culturally safe interactions with diverse cultures, and with the diversity within each group. This final semester unit builds on your knowledge, skills and experiences gained in your clinically focused units and workplace internship, and will provide you with interpersonal and communication skills and knowledge applicable to the variety of healthcare settings you may be exposed to in your future career as medical laboratory scientists.

  • 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

    Histology is the study of tissues at the microscopic level. Histological techniques are the procedures used in the laboratory to prepare tissue for histology. This second year unit is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and practical skills to work in a histology department of a pathology laboratory. In particular you will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in sectioning of paraffinised tissue blocks (microtomy), as well as application of the most commonly used staining techniques in pathology.

  • 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 chemistry and investigates pathologies associated with the hormonal control mechanisms that regulate metabolism and growth within the body. It is a third year unit that builds on the theoretical aspects of biochemistry in LQB381 Biochemistry, the practical skills developed in LSB425 Quality and Analysis in Clinical Pathology, the study of quantitative medical science, and the theoretical and practical elements of LSB525 Chemical Pathology.

Clinical sciences

  • CSN025 Principles of Medical Ultrasound

    This unit is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the physical processes involved in producing an ultrasound image, the features of ultrasound equipment and the role and responsibilities of the sonographer in producing a diagnostic examination. Topics include general scanning principles and considerations, care of equipment, physics of ultrasound, ultrasound equipment features, image production and processing, artefacts, image recording methods, quality control, biological hazards and safety issues, principles of Doppler ultrasound, care of the patient and communication issues.

  • CSN501 Podiatric Therapeutics 2


Exercise & nutrition sciences

  • XNB251 Nutrition Science

    Nutrition Science investigates the biochemistry and physiology of macro and micronutrients and their manipulation in the prevention and management of nutrition problems in individuals, groups and populations. It integrates nutrition knowledge with the science of biochemistry and physiology, and provides the foundation on which further studies of nutrition and dietetics can be built.

  • XNB252 Nutrition across the Lifecycle

    This unit covers nutrition as it relates to the life-cycle phases beginning with pre-conception and continuing with each major life stage through to old age. This unit further develops your knowledge of nutrition to an intermediate level and concentrates on the promotion of health and prevention of disease. The unit will focus on nutrition requirements and practical food based advice for each lifecycle stage as well as taking into consideration social and cultural food patterns such as vegetarianism.

  • 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 introduces you to the major biomechanical factors that underpin human movement, with a special focus on locomotion.

  • 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

    A practising exercise or sport scientist is expected to understand both theoretical and practical competency in understanding movement characteristics and prescribing exercise which develops functional capacity. The resistance training unit has a focus on prescribing and delivering resistance training exercises to enhance strength and conditioning for healthy populations.

  • 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 applies the theories and concepts in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and functional anatomy to analysing and monitoring human performance. It integrates the use of technology to collect, analyse and interpret data for athletes and coaches and provides you with skills that can be applied in the sports settings.

  • 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 Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

    The application of psychological techniques and processes in sport and exercise explores theory, research and practice of methods that facilitate participation, enjoyment and optimum performance through enhancing the psychological knowledge and skills of coaches, athletes, parents, exercisers, fitness professionals, and athletic trainers. The practice of applied exercise/sport psychology involves individual and group interventions, and the capacity to select and use appropriate methods in each setting is crucial.

  • XNB380 Cardiorespiratory and Metabolic Disorders

    This unit builds on foundation units to examine selected disorders of human movement that have a cardiorespiratory or metabolic basis. The unit identifies major features of each disease together with assessment methods, and forms the basis for subsequent units in clinical exercise prescription.

  • XNB381 Neurological, Psychological and Musculoskeletal Disorders

    This unit provides you with a knowledge of the principal features of a set of neurological, psychological, and musculoskeletal disorders that prevent, limit or modify a person's capacity to move, and in turn, to undertake different forms of physical activity and exercise. It builds upon the foundational work previously undertaken with the areas of motor control, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and functional anatomy.

  • 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 provides you with the knowledge and capacity to design and implement safe, effective evidence-based exercise programs for individuals and groups in order to achieve specified goals. It provides you with a structured exposure to exercise programming, covering major forms of exercise and activity modalities, the planning and logistics of exercise programs for the athletic and generally healthy population and the use of appropriate evidence in the design and implementation of programs.

  • 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.

  • XNH352 Foodservice Management

    This unit develops your knowledge and skills in the application of a systems approach to food and nutrition services. It introduces management and leadership principles and facilitates their application in a variety of settings. This unit develops your competencies in foodservice management which is essential as an accredited practising dietitian.

  • XNH354 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2

    This unit consolidates your knowledge and skills in the application of the nutrition care process to the nutritional management of disease focussing on more complex cases and/or co-morbidities. The application of critical thinking in the nutritional management of individual clients includes the assessment, diagnosis, practical food based advice and evaluation. 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 and XNH386 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 and XNH386 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.


  • JSB289 Preventing Gendered Violence

    This unit provides a practical and accessible exploration of the prevention of violence. It focuses on efforts to prevent domestic and family violence and sexual violence. It focuses on primary prevention - on how to change the social conditions and inequalities which drive that violence. The unit uses real-life examples and case studies and is informed by contemporary Australian and violence prevention work. Students will develop practical skills in assessing primary prevention strategies and programs. Students will gain understanding of the drivers of or risk factors for different forms of violence, the various ways these can be addressed in the name of prevention, and the practical and political challenges of this work. The unit is relevant for careers in health, welfare, and social services, crime and justice, education, social work, public health, and other areas of policy, programming, and advocacy.

Nanotechnology & molecular science

  • PCB675 Radiation Safety and Biology

    Medical radiations procedures are the principal cause of non background radiation exposure. It is therefore important that you understand potential hazards of exposure to ionising radiation and techniques of protection. An understanding of relevant codes of practice is also required. The aim of this unit is to provide you with a basic understanding of aspects of radiation biology and radiation safety relevant to your future employment as a Medical radiation technologist.


  • NSB132 Integrated Nursing Practice 1 On Campus

    This unit focuses on the knowledge, skills and attributes required to successfully complete integrated on- and off-campus nursing practice units. It will also build on earlier units, with particular reference to cultural safety and scientific foundations of 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); 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). The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) addressed in this unit at an introductory level are: preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections (ST3); medication safety (ST4); patient identification and procedure matching (ST5); clinical handover (ST6); preventing and managing pressure injuries (ST8); preventing falls and harm from falls (ST10). This unit complements other first 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, 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 will be examined to enable students to be effective consumers of research. The relationship between research, evidence and safety and quality in health care will be explored. 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 takes a biopsychosocial approach to understand what is happening for those experiencing mental health issues and how nurses as health professionals can support consumers, their families and carers. This unit will facilitate the development of required attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver person-centred nursing care based on recovery and independence to promote positive messages in challenging stigma and discrimination. The course themes emphasised in this unit 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 the knowledge, skills and attributes required to successfully integrate complete 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); 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). The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) addressed in this unit at a developing level are: preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections; (ST3); medication safety (ST4); and preventing falls and harm from falls (ST10). This unit complements other second year units and directly links to subsequent Integrated Nursing Practice units. The course themes emphasised in this unit are evidence-based practice, scientific foundations of practice, person centred care, global health, and interprofessional collaboration.

  • NSB236 Integrated Nursing Practice 3 On Campus

    This unit focuses on the knowledge, skills and attributes required to successfully complete integrated on- and off-campus integrated nursing practice. Beginning-level clinical knowledge and skills developed in NSB103 Health Assessment and NSB105 Wellness Across the Lifespan will be extended through the use of clinical practice sessions and clinical simulation activities. 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); evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice (ST7). The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) addressed in this unit at a developing level are: preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections (ST3); and medication safety (ST4); and preventing falls and harm from falls (ST10). 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 technology and health informatics, and person-centred care.

  • NSB412 Clinical Elective

    This unit aims to enhance final year students' ability to practice competently in a range of clinical situations. Students are provided with the opportunity to consolidate and extend their knowledge and skills by undertaking a series of self-directed, problem-based learning packages.The areas covered in the unit are advanced life support, respiratory therapies, health promotion, pain management, epidural analyesia and advanced wound care management.  A variety of teaching-learning strategies will be used which include case scenarios, small group unilabs, computer-based and other related activities.

  • NSB603 Introduction to Cardiothoracic Nursing

    Cardiovascular disorders are commonly encountered by nurses practicing a variety of clinical settings. This unit provides an overview of cardiothoracic nursing and encompasses theoretical concepts specific to this specialty as well as related clinical skills. It builds on introductory concepts that have been addressed earlier in the program through more detailed exploration of and reflection upon selected concepts.

  • NSN728 Health Care Context and Service Provision

    This unit will develop knowledge of the contemporary health care context and the issues impacting health professionals in the delivery of effective, sustainable nursing care. It will provide the opportunity to examine the impact that global and national issues and policies have on nursing service provision.

Psychology & counselling

  • PYB102 Introduction to Psychology 1b

    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.

  • 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. 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

    This unit develops the student's knowledge of the counselling process and skills and provides practice in changing the ways in which people express, conceptualise and respond to their concerns. It builds upon the communication skills and concepts introduced in PYB007 and introduces a range of counselling approaches. 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 clinical settings requiring psychotherapeutic intervention, and other modes of delivery such as couple, family or group work.

  • PYB215 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.  By its very nature the study of psychology and law draws from a wide multi-disciplinary 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 and what it has to offer across the three criminal justice domains of the police, the courts, and corrections.

  • PYB257 Group Work

    This unit provides the skills and content to plan, organise and facilitate group sessions. It applies Kolberg's inductive learning cycle to organise and facilitate group experiences. It develops intervention skills for managing group development, decision making and conflicts. Ethical issues in group practice are also examined.

  • PYB260 Psychopharmacology of Addictive Behaviour

    This unit aims to develop and extend your understanding of issues relating to behavioural pharmacology. 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.

  • PYB301 Psychology in the Community: Placement

    The aim of this unit is enable 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. Your participation in this unit requires you to establish, conduct, and complete an approved period of volunteer work or placement. You may be asked to produce a Blue Card (suitability for working with children and young people clearance) before commencing your work placement and it is therefore your responsibility to have obtained this clearance prior to commencing your placement.

  • 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

    The unit offers a census of the principles of diagnosis and treament of mental disorders.  Students will learn the bases of the classification system and treatment approaches.  This advanced unit consolidates material covered in previous units, and focusses on the application of evidence-based practice .

  • 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; achronic 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 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.

  • PYB360 Interventions for Addictive Behaviours

    Addictive behaviours, in the form of alcohol-dependence, substance abuse and gambling, are recognised as major problems nationally and internationally. This unit focuses predominantly on psychological aspects of addictive behaviours. To establish a framework for learning, classes initially review issues relating to psychological models of addiction and methods of studying addictive behaviours. Issues pertaining to the symptomatology, etiology and assessment of addictive behaviours, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of a range of therapeutic interventions are also discussed. This unit encourages critical thinking and analysis with the aim of enhancing students' understanding of the complex issues relating to management of 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

  • 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. This unit will introduce you to the skills required to become entry-level coding practitioners. Through practical application of the principles and techniques to code diagnoses and procedures, you will learn how clinical classification relates to medical science and the purpose and application of coding in the health care environment.

  • 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 skills in abstraction of data from source documents and understand the need to access feeder information systems to support coding. You will also apply coding quality assessment techniques.

  • 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.

  • PUB364 Transition to Professional Health Information Management Practice

    This unit recognises that you are about to transition from university to health information management practice and that you will need to sustain your professional and educational development. Accordingly, this final semester unit provides a dual platform for transition to practice and independent professional development.

  • PUB368 Integrated Health Information Management Practice

    The aim of this unit is to develop high level, practical Health Information Management skills in a range of health care settings. 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.

  • PUB406 Health Promotion Practice

    This unit ties together the fundamental health promotion knowledge learnt in PUB215 Public Health Practice, and PUB530 Health Education and Behaviour Change, to introduce students to the range of strategies available to a health promotion practitioner. The unit promotes an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, as well as related administrative factors. This is an essential field of study for those students who wish to work in a health promotion or related field.

  • PUB416 Research Methods

    An understanding of research methods is essential in the training of all public health professionals. This unit explores quantitative methods in a variety of health research projects, examining conceptualisation of research questions and hypotheses, core elements of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and various approaches to the collection, management and analysis of quantitative data. The unit has a practical focus for students who are considering conducting research as well as those interested in deeper appreciation of implementation behind published research results.

  • PUB490 Quality Management in Health

    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.

  • 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

    This unit supports students develop advanced skills and knowledge necessary to manage environmental issues and promote sustainability across a wide range of organisations. Topics covered in this unit include: sustainability; energy, water and waste minimisation; environmental auditing; compliance monitoring and corporate reporting; rehabilitation and remediation processes; biodiversity and heritage conservation; and environmental and ecological economics, policy and policy change.

  • PUN017 Health Planning and Evaluation

    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

    This unit's aim is the mastery of key principles and concepts of research design. There has been an increasing demand for evidence based health research, and an increasing trend towards research  that considers complex biological, environmental and societal inter-relationships. Recent developments in epidemiology have contributed novel research designs and statistical methods to complement these needs. Throughout this unit, students are exposed to these more sophisticated designs and analytical methods. Such knowledge is mandatory for critical evaluation of the current research literature, for design of efficient research studies, and to inform appropriate interpretation of research results at a 'best practice' level.

  • 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

    The unit provides you with advanced knowledge of leadership theories and frameworks critical to the development and maintenance of an effective quality and safety culture in health care organisations and builds on your understanding of the principles and practice of quality management and improvement gained through PUN213 Quality Management in Health. The unit provides health managers, aspiring quality managers and leaders with in-depth knowledge about the systems that underpin governance of quality and safety in health care. You will learn about contemporary national and international approaches to building a culture of high performance, innovation and reform in health care.

  • 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

    This unit develops your capacity to lead and manage a health service that is prepared and capable of managing a major incident. It 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.

  • PUN640 Health Care Delivery and Reform

    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

    This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills required to develop, implement and evaluate health policy in a global context. Through theoretical grounding, evaluation of various policy-making approaches and drawing on case studies globally, key concepts are critically examined to highlight the challenges involved in effective, efficient and equitable health policy-making.

  • PUN704 Health Management Internship

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

  • PUP034 Health Promotion 3: Program Planning

    This unit further develops your knowledge, skills, and application of health promotion programming principles. In the unit you will build upon your work in PUP032 and PUP038 to create a comprehensive health promotion program proposal based on a health promotion planning framework. 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.

  • PUP037 Health Promotion 4: Program Evaluation

    This unit further develops your knowledge, skills, and application of health promotion programming principles. In the unit you will build upon your work in PUP032, PUP038 and PUP034 to create a health program evaluation proposal using an internationally recognised evaluation framework. 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.

  • 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.

  • SWB214 Group and Team Practice Skills

    Working collaboratively and effectively with colleagues and clients in groups and teams is a key skill in human services and social work practice, particularly when working with vulnerable and often marginalised groups across diverse settings. This unit provides you with an opportunity to gain a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of groups and teams and to acquire beginning skills for effective engagement and intervention. It is located in the third year to provide a platform for collaborative academic and professional work.

  • SWB219 Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Social Work and Human Service 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 integrate and apply theoretical concepts to specific practice contexts, consider your own practice frame of reference and ideological influences, and understand the implications of these for practice.

  • SWB221 Professional Practice Processes and Assessment

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

  • SWB222 Advanced Communication for Social Work and Human Services

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

  • SWB304 Child Protection and Family Practice

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

  • SWB306 People, Community and Disability

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

  • SWB307 Youth Services Practice

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

  • SWB312 International Social Work

    This unit illustrates the scope of social work practice by applying social work knowledge, skills and values to a range of international and regional issues. You will explore the relationship between core social work principles and values and global international issues including social justice, human rights, development assistance, aid and key concerns identified in the Millennium Development Goals. The Unit considers opportunities for engagement with international social work organisation and related agencies.

  • SWB405 Advanced Social Work Project

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

  • SWH311 Mental Health and Social Work

    Social workers need knowledge and skill to support their understanding and capacity to intervene and/or support individuals, families, groups and communities affected by mental illness or disorder. While social workers across the range of practice fields require this knowledge and these skills, those working in agencies that provide treatment for mental illness and alcohol and drug misuse need higher capabilities. Social work practice is concerned with the social context and social consequences of mental illness and disorder, and the promotion of mental health. The unit content builds on knowledge of human development, behaviour and emotion across the lifespan.

  • 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 Research Methods for Professional Practice

    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

    Social work and human service practitioners are often faced with presenting issues that display a high level of complexity. Contemporary society is beset with a number of challenging social problems, such as climate change, structural disadvantage, and poverty, which shape the lives of clients and our experiences as practitioners. It is important that as SWHS practitioners you can support vulnerable clients and groups holistically, by simultaneously addressing multiple sources of oppression through using a variety of practice responses across micro, meso, and macro systems. This unit broadens the analytical and critical practice framework for human service and social work professionals.

  • 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 are 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 Skills for Social Change

    This unit develops your knowledge and skills in terms of research and scholarship relevant to the social work profession. The role of research in social work is to provide a sound knowledge and evidence base for practice. The unit covers approaches to social inquiry, the role of social theory, methodology, methods and ethical considerations relevant to the conduct of social research.

  • SWN020 Practice Research Project

    This unit scaffolds the design and undertaking of a research project of significance to social work. This unit synthesises the knowledge and skills you will have gained earlier in your studies, in particular your methodological skills taught in SWN019 Research Skills for Social Work. Within this unit you will design and implement a research design in a manner which reflects appropriate rigor and ethical consideration and within a scope that is logistically possible. The unit will also provide you with the opportunity to present your findings in a scholarly way appropriate for a social work and human service audience.