Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject the focus is design, management, extraction and integration of health data. Students develop practical skills in developing and maintaining fully relational health databases using national health data standards and models, and use products and report-writing packages applicable to the health field. They are introduced to the theoretical and logical principles of health database and system administration, including data warehousing and linkage, and to metadata for both healthcare client and provider identification. The subject enables students to identify the significant institutions and stakeholders in the health IT industry and introduces them to new directions in health informatics.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDennis Wollersheim

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Evaluate and apply national health data standards and models for data storage design
02. Analyse critically and synthesise health data in spreadsheet formats
03. Design and implement databases, including data entry and building queries and reports
04. Apply evidence-based database design principles based on contemporary models and frameworks
05. Identify and evaluate significant institutions, companies and stakeholders (and their products in the health information technology industry

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDennis Wollersheim

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Create a health database - Assignment 1 (1,300-words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 2-hour written examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Create Health Database Reports - Assignment 2 (1,300-words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5