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HDS101 - Communication and Diversity


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Amie O'Shea 




Incompatible with:


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 - campus:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities, and a 2 hour face-to-face seminar each week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities, including a 2 hour online seminar each 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.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Describe the processes involved in human communication, and the biopsychosocial factors that are associated with successful communication.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Explain the concept of communication access, and apply knowledge of Australian and international legislative/policy frameworks to this concept.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Describe the communication characteristics and predict the communication support requirements for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those with a disability affecting speaking, hearing, reading, writing, understanding, and/or social communication.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply knowledge of the communication process, from a biopsychosocial perspective, to optimise communication environments and facilitate inclusion for people with communication disability or diversity.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Explain information about communication access, in an appropriate format, to members of the general public including people with a range of communication disabilities and diversities.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Reflect on instances of communication breakdown with reference to theoretical models of communication and disability.

GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Online multiple choice quiz Multiple choice quiz 20%
  • Week 6
Assessment 2: Reflective essay 1600 words 40%
  • Week 8
Assessment 3: Communication profile Equivalent to 1600 words 40%
  • Week 11

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: HDS101 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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