Course Title: Locate health and medical information

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HUSO5152

Course Title: Locate health and medical information

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4244 - Certificate IV in ESL (Employment / Professional)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dianne Dell’Oro-Morgan 94.3.22 Dianne.Dell’
Wendy Joseph 94.3.22

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit is part of a program that focuses solely on the preparation for the OET for health professionals.

This unit develops language skills and knowledge of learners who are speakers of languages other than English to describe basic health matters, read medical advice and to describe the processes of dealing with a medical emergency in Australia.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU559 Locate health and medical information


1. Describe a range of factors in relation to personal health

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify a range of everyday illnesses, ailments and injuries
1.2 List the symptoms associated with common illnesses and ailments
1.3 Identify appropriate actions to take to manage common illnesses
and injuries
1.4 Identify a range of everyday illnesses, ailments and injuries
1.5 List the symptoms associated with common illnesses and ailments



2. Describe common household medicines and health equipment and their uses

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Outline the type of medicines that are commonly found in home first aid
2.2 Identify the information contained on labels and their importance
2.3 Match medicines with their purpose
2.4 Outline the features and uses of common household medical equipment


3. Access information on medical support in the local area

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify main types of medical support available
3.2 List locations, names and important information related to main medical supports


4. Describe appropriate action in the event of a medical emergency

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify a range of medical emergencies
4.2 Investigate emergency services and their functions
4.3 Use resources to outline the steps required to obtain emergency assistance

Learning Outcomes

Skills and knowledge acquired in this unit can be applied in a range of community contexts.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Employment/Professional) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

• Speaking scenarios and role plays
• Teacher modelling and interactive speaking exercises
• Excursion to Medical Facility and Laboratory
• Practical Placement (nurses only)
• Use of realia (medical forms/medication boxes) to stimulate formal and informal discussion.
• Internet research and worksheets


Teaching Schedule

rogram Dates: Mon 4 March – Fri 21 June 2013

Term Break: Fri March – Fri 5 April 2013

Public holidays: Mon 11 March (Labour Day), Fri 29 March (Good Friday),Thur 25 April (ANZAC Day), Mon 10 June 2013
(Queen’s Birthday)

Teaching Schedule: This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans
which are updated each week

This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Employment) which is an integrated program, assessments often cover more than one unit of competency. The units assessment tasks have been highlighted in bold as seen in the grid.

Teaching Schedule
Cert IV ESL Employment/Professional

Investigate current issues (VPAU560)
Work Effectively in an Australian workplace (VPAU516)
Locate health and medical information (VPAU559
Analyse and participate in complex conversations (VPAU506)
Present and listen to complex oral presentations in an employment or professional context (VPAU518)
Critically read and write formal letters and complex prose texts for professional purposes (VPAU521)
Critically read, write and edit complex descriptive texts in a professional context VPAU522)
Listen and take notes for research (VPAU527)
 1 Library orientation.
Program Overview pt B
Intro to writing
   Explore RMIT    
 2 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues       
 3 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues     Assessment: Reading & writing letters E1+2 VPAU 522Critically read,write and edit complex descriptive texts in a prof context E 1234
Changes to OET


 4 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues The Health Industry
Task 9
  The Health Industry
Task 9
   Possible Medical Museum
 5 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues       Assessment Task VPAU 527
Listen and take notes for research
Infection Control
 6   Asthma Task 10 Asthma Task 10  Assessment: Read complex prose  
 7 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues   Excursion to RMH or week 10 (tbc) Assessment task VPAU 518
E1 Demonstrate critical understanding of a range of info from an oral presentation
 8    Diagnostic OET ‘Taster’: Speaking  Diagnostic OET ‘Taster’: writing  
 9 Mid Semester Progress Interviews Mid Semester Progress Interviews

Diabetes Task 11

 Mid Semester Progress Interviews

 Diabetes Task 11

Mid Semester Progress Interviews

 Mid Semester Progress Interviews Feedback OET ‘Taster’ Mid Semester Progress Interviews Mid Semester Progress Interviews
 10      Assessment: Write complex prose  
 11 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues Cultural Misunderstanding
Task 12
  Cultural Misunderstanding
Task 12
 12 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues       
 13 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues       
 14        OET Practice Test: Listening, Reading & Writing am
Speaking interviews pm
 15      Practice test feedback & analysis. Final tips for sitting the exam  

 **The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.

Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Guest speakers
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes
• Program Guide & Student Diary
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
• RMIT Online Systems Information Session

Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of
your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring
• English-English dictionary (We ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)
• Thesaurus
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed compotent. Assessment  methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner  over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by:

  • assignments
  • projects and
  • oral or written questioning.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.
• Internet research and written question sheet
• Role play and oral response
• Oral presentation
• Observation of classroom activities and participation.


Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT

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