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HLTH11030 - Health Communication

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Communication is pivotal in gaining effective health outcomes as health professionals. Within this unit, students will reflect on their own personal communication skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses and ways to improve these skills. They will demonstrate personal, interpersonal and professional communication skills, including written, oral and non-verbal skills. Learning to establish and maintain effective teams forms an important part of this unit, as is explaining and applying the theoretical concepts of communication to its practice. Students will use a range of web-based and other multimedia technologies to demonstrate personal, interpersonal and professional communication skills.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Group Work 30%
3. Portfolio 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Course Coordinator feedback
Group work activity - organisation of groups varied; Course Coordinator input may assist in initial stages of group processes
Course Coordinator to arrange meeting times with each group at agreed times over term
Action Taken
Source: Informal student feedback, email
Familiarity with technology to complete Team assessment task
'How to' tutorials to be placed on course Moodle site for self-directed learning
Action Taken
Source: Course evaluation
Group work activity - individual student contributions to the group task can vary
Consider introduction of Peer assessment component to Team project assessment
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on personal communication strengths and weaknesses and strategies and identify
  2. Demonstrate effective personal, interpersonal and professional communication skills, including written, oral and non-verbal skills
  3. Illustrate effective team work attributes
  4. Explain the relevance of communication theories and apply theoretical communication concepts to the practice of communication
  5. Utilise a range of technologies, including web-based and multimedia technologies, to demonstrate personal, interpersonal and professional communication skills

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Work
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Group Work
3 - Portfolio