HCM102 Professional Communication

Unit Description

The unit is designed to equip students with the oral and written communication skills they require to operate effectively in the workplace and to interact with a diverse clientele and professional medical network. This is achieved through an exploration of both the theoretical and practical dimensions of modern communications, with an emphasis on developing the skills needed to deal with a wide variety of different clinical communications environments.

In addition, students will gain knowledge and skill in the construction and use of medical terminology, with reference to its use in communicating with various specialist medical practitioners. The unit is structured around three key areas: researching, writing and presenting, with each designed to complement the others.


Students must have successfully completed HCM101 Introduction to Professional Practice to undertake this unit. Content in this unit is taught so that students can build upon and further develop the knowledge and skills acquired in HCM101 Introduction to Professional Practice.

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 Classes commences
Post Week 6 Mid-semester break
Week 7 Assessment Task 1: Research Report (Part 1) (20%)
Week 10 Assessment Task 1: Research Report and presentation (Part 2) (40%)
Week 13 Exam Study Week
Week 14 Exam Week – Final Examination (40%)