HCM101 Introduction to Professional Practice

Unit Description

This unit has a focus on the socio-cultural, legal and ethical implications of professional therapeutic practice in the aesthetics and dermal industries. The student is introduced to a range of practice modalities and explores topics including sustainability, reflectiveness and ethics in practice, including the theoretical and philosophical foundations influencing the decision-making processes of the aesthetic and dermal practitioner. The unit also introduces students to communication skills required to operate effectively in a commercial environment and for working with clients and other professionals in cross-functional teams, while addressing marketing and branding strategies that relate specifically to professional practice within these industry sectors and client groups.

This unit is designed to provide students with a depth and breadth of professional practice knowledge, skills, techniques and ethical and legal awareness to sustain and nurture their development as practitioners within a healthcare context.


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

Graduate Attributes (GA)

In addition to the unit-specific learning outcomes listed above, the following graduate attributes are taught, developed and assessed in varying degrees within this unit:

Key Dates

Week 1 Semester commences
Week 6 Assessment 1: Medical Dictionary (30%)
Post Week 6 Mid-semester break
Week 11 Assessment 2: Communication Styles and Barriers Essay (30%)
Week 14 Assessment 3: Final Exam (40%)