PUBH2216 Communication and Project Planning in Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Population Health; Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
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.
Students are able to (1) identify and demonstrate the key components of professional practice; (2) demonstrate the application of principles of communication; (3) critique the use of different communication channels in different professional contexts; (4) demonstrate the application of principles of group dynamics; (5) identify key elements of project planning; (6) identify effective time management techniques and resource allocation; (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; and (11) demonstrate effective communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a case study; (2) a project plan; and (3) interview style test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Helena Iredell
Unit rules
completion of 24 points of Level 1
Level 2 coursework, including at least one of (any PUBH unit
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
IMED1001 Form and Function
IMED1002 The Facts of Life)
HSMD2216 Health Science Professional Practice
Contact hours
workshop: 2.5 hours per week

Recommended readings are provided via LMS (Learning Management System) and CMO (Course Materials Online).

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