Unit description

Develops foundational skills essential for health professionals, including the principles of evidence based practice. Using a suite of health care case studies and research reports, students explore and expand their learning skills associated with self-management, self-directed inquiry, and reading and writing within health contexts. The unit prepares students for current and future learning within health.

Unit content

  1. Self-management skills and strategies
    • Goal setting
    • Time management
    • Action planning
    • Self-reflection and evaluation.
  2. Academic skills in the context of allied health
    • Appraising and synthesising information
    • Academic writing
    • Academic integrity
    • Reflection
    • Effective group work.
  3. Introduction to evidence based practice in healthcare
    • Qualitative and quantitative research
    • Hierarchy of evidence
    • Best practice
    • Asking clinical questions.

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

Session 2

  • Zeegers, P, Deller-Evans, K, Egege, S & Klinger, C, 2011, Essential skills for science and technology, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Short written response15%
Reflective writing40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Short written response15%
Reflective writing40%

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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