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HDS101 - Communication and Diversity

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Kate Anderson





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Contact hours:

Campus and cloud students will be expected to attend a 2 hour seminar each week (on campus or online), and complete additional readings and online learning activities (approximately two hours per week).


This unit examines the principles of effective communication and how these can be applied in a range of clinical and professional situations. The unit has a focus on communication with people with a disability, and those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Students will learn about the process involved in spoken, written, and non-verbal communication, and the impact of communication partners and environments. They will examine communication issues specific to physical disability, autism spectrum disorder, brain injury, and vision/hearing impairment. Students will also practice applied communication skills including sign language, assertive listening, professional writing and communication resource development.


Assessment task 1: Online multiple choice quiz 20%

Assessment task 2: Reflective essay (1600 words) 40%

Assessment task 3: Communication profile (1600 words equivalent) 40%

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