Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will identify, explore and apply different communication strategies in order to elicit, with empathy, relevant patient information. The skills acquired will promote and contribute to the development of a comprehensive holistic approach to the treatment planning process and explanation of treatment options - both of which are core components of a patient's care plan. Integration and application of prior learning, with the introduction of new material, will enhance data collection and diagnostic procedures in relation to the theories and rudimentary skills of effective clinical practice.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSarah Down

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify the relationship between, and integration of, the different elements of a treatment plan.
02. Apply the principles of diagnostic investigation to a given clinical presentation and interpret, through evaluation, its relevancy to the treatment planning process.
03. Apply effective communication strategies and technologies to patient management.
04. Integrate self-awareness and reflection into clinical practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Week 05-50, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Down

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 5 - 50
Four 1.00 h lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 5 to week 50 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 5 - 50
Four 2.00 h lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 5 to week 50 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 5 - 50
Eleven 2.00 h tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 5 to week 50 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
90% attendance required for all teaching components of this subjectN/AN/AN/ANonull SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One 1,000-1,500-word reflective journalN/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One 2-hour written exam (2,000-word equivalent) Hurdle requirementN/AN/AN/AYes30 SILO1, SILO2
One 20-minute individual video presentation (1,000-word equivalent) Hurdle requirementN/AN/AN/AYes30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One group presentation of case study (5 mins per member, 500-word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4