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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2
Lismore Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces communication theories. Inter- and intrapersonal verbal and written communication skills are developed and applied to clinical and academic contexts, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Unit content

  • Introduction to communication theory
  • Verbal and non-verbal skills
  • Documentation skills for health professionals
  • Interviewing skills for health professionals
  • Ethics, confidentiality, informed consent and professional boundaries
  • Communication across the lifespan, abilities and cultures

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate professional documentation skills
2 demonstrate professional interviewing skills
3 demonstrate ethical and professional communication skills that account for age, ability, culture and context in which the encounter occurs
4 demonstrate some reflective practices of personal and professional communication skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate professional documentation skills
    • GA6:
  2. demonstrate professional interviewing skills
    • GA6:
  3. demonstrate ethical and professional communication skills that account for age, ability, culture and context in which the encounter occurs
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  4. demonstrate some reflective practices of personal and professional communication skills
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • O'Toole, G, 2016, Communication, 3rd, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.