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RH1002 - Communication Skills for Health Professionals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

Available to level 1 Occupational Therapy, Dental Surgery, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and Diploma of Health Science students. Students not enrolled in any of these courses should contact the subject coordinator for the tutorial availability details.

Communication skills for health professionals will explore health profesional/client communication, professional communication with other health professionals and the public. Written and interpersonal skills will be developed. Practical verbal and nonverbal skills in effective listening, interviewing and assertive communication will be acquired through a variety of class exercises and workbook activities. Students will develop information technology skills as well as appropriate styles of writing for different purposes. Completion of a literature review will enable students to develop skills in searching for, reviewing and integrating current literature. Students will be required to reflect on their values, feelings, activities and performance throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • reflect and evaluate personal communication skills and cultural influences that will impact on future role as a professional;
  • demonstrate ability to find and assess the value of sources of information (the literature) and to read, comprehend and summarise these sources;
  • interact effectively with clients and colleagues using professional and ethical, verbal and nonverbal communication skills;
  • write assignments, reports etc that conform to the norms of academic writing and the appropriate referencing style, using scholarly sources.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Dr Yvonne Thomas, Professor Matthew Yau
Lecturers: Dr Yvonne Thomas, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars - 2 hour/week
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (30%); workbook - preparation requirement for workshops (10%); reflection (10%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass the written assignment and the interview and acheive 50% overall to pass this subject.

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Face to face teaching 23-May-2011 to 27-May-2011
Coord/Lect: Dr Yvonne Thomas, Professor Matthew Yau.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures - electronically available via LearnJCU
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars - residential block
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (30%); workbook - preparation requirement for workshops (10%); reflection (10%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass the written assignment and the interview and acheive 50% overall to pass this subject.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
Enrolment in this offering is restricted.

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Dr Yvonne Thomas, Professor Matthew Yau
Lecturers: Dr Felicity Croker, Dr Yvonne Thomas.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars - 2 hour/week
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (30%); workbook - preparation requirement for workshops (10%); reflection (10%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass the written assignment and the interview and acheive 50% overall to pass this subject.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.