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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Pre-requisites

[HLT10582] Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations OR [SPT10001] Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession OR [PDT10001] Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics OR HLT10481 - Osteopathic Studies I

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

1. Introduction to communication theory

2. Verbal and non-verbal skills

3. Documentation skills for health professionals

4. Interviewing skills for health professionals

5. Ethics, confidentiality, informed consent and professional boundaries

6. 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.