Unit description

Provides students with the experience of working with a mixed caseload, and with clients exhibiting profiles, not previously encountered. Students apply clinical reasoning, profession specific and inter-professional skills to clients with a range of disorders.

Unit content

Theory and preclinical information on:

  • Principles of interdisciplinary practice and roles within interdisciplinary teams
  • Evidence-based practice using the International Classification of Functioning (ICF), Disability and Health Framework 
  • Clinical reasoning and treatment planning for clients with a range of disorders
  • Discipline specific assessment and intervention techniques
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to patient management.

Simulated and actual clinic experience (under supervision) in:

  • Assessing and interpreting clinical data
  • Writing reports of finding; providing recommendations regarding intervention and planning for intervention
  • Presentation and discussion of client details to audiences as appropriate
  • Selecting outcome measurements to track progress of clients
  • Applying profession specific and inter-professional assessment and intervention skills.

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 1

  • Higgs, J, Ajjawi, R, McAllister, L, Trede, F, & Loftus, S, 2012, Communicating in the health sciences, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780195579048.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 8 hours (12 days over session 1)
Lecture online 1 hour (Weeks 1, 3, 5)
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 9)
Clinical skillsSR
Clinical skillsSR
Reflective writingSR

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 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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