Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students undertake theoretical studies at the University, and a three-week (equivalent) supervised, professional practice placement in the Health Information Service of an allocated, regional healthcare facility. Students achieve practice competencies and reinforce professional discipline knowledge. Students undertake key functions on placement to gain understanding of the management, informatics, data analysis and clinical classificatory roles of hospital health information managers. Prior to placement, students are introduced to health information management, health information science, and health informatics via classroom teaching and extensive readings. Regular contact between students and La Trobe University Academic Supervisors is maintained during the placement via the University's Learning Management System, telephone, on-site visits, and email communications.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJenn Lee

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

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 learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required114 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsWCC, Fit 2 Work Check, Immunisations, accommodation

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Compare the organisational structure and functions of Health Information Services to evaluate how these affect the role of the health information manager, systems, procedures, and day-to-day staff and departmental management.
02. Compare and contrast the capture, use, and reporting of clinical information applied to support patient/client care, and associated privacy issues in accordance with relevant legislation and State funding guidelines.
03. Evaluate the operational processes of health records management and patient/client information systems.
04. Outline the clinical governance and quality management activities of the Health Information Service and demonstrate their interaction with the agencies nominated accreditation standards.
05. Demonstrate: (i. disease and procedure classificatory skills, using patient records; and (ii. a practical understanding of casemix-based systems with particular regard to DRG assignment.
06. Maintain high professional ethical standards and demonstrate awareness of the social and ethical implications of professional and personal activities.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJenn Lee

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 10 - 19
One 2.00 hours lecture/workshop per study period during the day from week 10 to week 19 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 20 - 22
One 15.00 days placement - off site per study period from week 20 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students complete additional three(3) weeks full-time (i.e. 15 days) of supervised placement during semester.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Satisfactory report from placement and Pre-placement briefing attendance Hurdle: including Post-placement de-briefing interview; reflective comment submission; completion of placement journal & placement coding log; weekly contact with LTU supervisorN/AN/AN/AYesnull SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One individual placement portfolio (3,000-words)N/AN/AN/ANo55 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One 25-min team pres & 1500 word team assignment (1,000-words equivalent, per individual)N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO4
Individual 20-minute, online Quiz part A (400-words equivalent, per student)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
Individual 20-minute, online Quiz part 2 (400-words equivalent, per student).N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6