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HBS108 - Health Information and Data

Year:2020 unit information
Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Shane Kavanagh
Trimester 2: Jennifer David
Trimester 3: Shane Kavanagh




Incompatible with:

HNN108 and HPS104

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly scheduled 1 hour online seminars


This unit is intended to provide first year undergraduate students from all Schools across the Faculty of Health, as well as students from other faculties who elect to study HBS108, with the basic skills necessary to be consumers and ultimately providers of health research information. The unit comprises nine topics, covering: measuring health and disease in populations, introduction to qualitative research, study design, obtaining online health information, evaluating popular health claims, introduction to quantitative research, evidence based practice including critical appraisal.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can: 

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify and critique the role of health research, the formal research process, the nature of health ethics, and have an introductory knowledge of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies. Recognise interpret and apply calculations associated with epidemiology and understand how health and disease are measured at the population level.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Identify, access and evaluate online resources from high quality health information and data sources.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking


Synthesise and critically evaluate online health information to demonstrate an understanding of peer-reviewed health literature.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Interpret findings of a study using appropriate discipline-specific academic language, structure, references and presentation style. Identify strengths and weaknesses associated with research methodologies and draw conclusions and make recommendations relevant to health practice.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Use technologies to identify and synthesise discipline, knowledge, evidence, data, and statistics and use this to problem solve and inform decision-making and best practice in a professional capacity.

GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving


Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3:
Assessment description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Assignment 800 words 20%
  • Week 4
Assessment 2: Assignment 1,200 words 30%
  • Week 8
Assessment 3: Examination 2 hours 50%
  • Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: HBS108 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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