Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice

Course code HLSC1000
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course is designed especially for health science students, and focuses on three main themes:

i/ Academic preparation topics; where students will examine a range of issues related to their transition to university learning and engagement and those academic skills associated with academic success, and the associated policies and procedures in relation to academic responsibility and conduct.

ii/ Fitness to practice topics; where students will look at the national framework for the recognition and maintenance of qualifications and registration, as well as a range of issues related to safe, effective and ethical professional practice.

iii/ Core health science topics; where students will examine a range of foundation health and cultural issues that impact on all health professional education.



  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Appreciate the teaching, learning and assessment environment that they will engage in at university, and recognise the services that are available to support their transition to university and their academic and personal development and support

2. Recognise how to ensure the academic integrity of their actions in learning and work submitted for assessment

3. Describe the library resources that are available to manage and compile scholarly resources including reference lists and bibliographies, and demonstrate the use of the Endnote program

4. Identify key components of academic writing, and appreciate the significance of evaluative/critical thinking when undertaking an assessment task, and demonstrate use of the Turnitin program

5. Describe the national regulation of the health professions, the requirements that students and practitioners must meet to maintain their registration, and the concept of continual professional development leading to ongoing registration

6. Describe health law and ethics and it relates to practitioner/patient/client/consumer rights, and the implementation of safe ethical and legal practice

7. Describe the extent of workplace hazards and their associated risks, and demonstrate a range of safe manual handling procedures and the correct techniques of hand washing, that will protect both patients and students in the workplace

8. Describe the principles underlying effective communications skills in health care settings

9. Describe the basic health concepts of aetiology and epidemiology, variation in the provision of health services between metropolitan and regional/rural areas, and the national priorities for the provision of health services

10. Describe the concepts of life and death, health and illness, quality of life, function and dysfunction, and the major health challenges facing Australia

11. Recognise the role of evidence based practice in health care and academic decision making, describe how research can inform practice and the collection of accurate evidence, and the avenues for graduate and postgraduate research high degree research training

12. Recognise the differences in health outcomes and the provision of health services to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and immigrant populations


Academic Preparation

  1. The policies and procedures in relation to student learning, engagement, and conduct
  2. Processes to ensure Academic Integrity in learning and assessment
  3. Library skills, Infoskills, Referencing skills, Endnote program
  4. Academic Writing, Turnitin program


  1. National standards for safe and accredited practice
  2. Occupational Health and Safety
  3. Health Law and Ethics
  4. Communication skills

Core Health Science topics

  1. Concepts and terms associated with health practice and research, quality and quantity of life
  2. Evidence based health practice and introduction to research
  3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, cross cultural health


This course is only available to students enrolled in the B Physiotherapy(Hons), B Occupational Therapy(Hons), B Nutrition and Dietetics(Hons), B Oral Health Therapy, B Podiatry and B Medical Radiation Science (all programs).

Enrolment at Callaghan is restricted to students enrolled in Callaghan based School of Health Sciences programs (Physiotherapy (Honours), MRS, OT (Honours), N & D (Honours) due to limitations on timetable, lab equipment, space and teaching staff. Enrolment at Ourimbah is restricted to students enrolled in Ourimbah based School of Health Science programs (Oral Health, Podiatry) due to limitations on timetable, lab equipment, space and teaching staff.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Online Learning Activity: On-line Module

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercise *

Quiz: Online quiz

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Self Directed Learning involves students being required to perform an Online Activity for 1 hour per week for 12 weeks.