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Unit description

Explores the global and national impact of diabetes. The differences between prediabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and other types of diabetes are examined.  Students are introduced to the management of acute diabetes complications.  The aetiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and risk factor screening of long term diabetes complications are explored.  

Unit content

  • The global diabetes epidemic
  • Energy metabolism and glucose homeostasis
  • Pathophysiology and aetiology of diabetes
  • Diagnostic criteria and classification of diabetes
  • Acute complications of diabetes
  • Chronic complications of diabetes

The unit learning outcomes address elements from Domain 1 (Clinical Practice) of the National Competency Standards for Credentialled Diabetes Educators.



Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Tutorial online 3 hrs (Across the session)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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