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Unit Overview


The aim of this unit is to assist students to enter the workforce with a set of well developed generic skills required of new graduates, including skills in oral and written communication; time and information management; professional behaviour and interpersonal skills; and project management. The focus is on developing these skills through workshops and seminars in which students work individually, in pairs and in small groups. A major focus of the unit is working within small teams to develop a project plan allowing the development and application of interpersonal skills and group dynamics. The academic objectives of the unit are to provide students with principles and theory of professional communication; development and application of professional written and oral communication skills and the theory and practice of project planning.

6 points

Students are able to (1) identify the key components of professional practice; (2) discuss the principles of communications; (3) critique the use of different communication channels in different professional contexts; (4) understand the principles of group dynamics; (5) identify key elements of project planning; (6) identify effective time management techniques and resource allocation; and (7) demonstrate information literacy and ability to access resources (people, information) (8) apply project planning principles and procedures; (9) plan and undertake an effective interview; (10) demonstrate an ability to work in teams to produce an outcome; (11) apply skills in active listening; (12) demonstrate effective written communication skills; (13) demonstrate effective oral communication skills; (14) demonstrate professional behaviour; and (15) develop a self-directed learning philosophy.


This comprises a case study (30 per cent), group project (40 per cent) and test (30 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Ania Stasinska
Unit rules
PUBH1101 Public Health
and PUBH2202 Public Health and Health Care Systems
Contact hours
workshop: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week

Higgs, J. et al. Communicating in the Health Sciences, 3rd edn: OUP 2012

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