Course Title: Business Skills for Health Professionals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business Skills for Health Professionals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


525T Business & Enterprise


Sem 2 2022


Bundoora Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


Bundoora Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Fida Chahda

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99255816

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 4, Room 2

Course Coordinator Availability: Phone for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Business Skills for Health Professionals is a skills based elective designed to provide business development and business start-up knowledge and application for people wanting to start their own business in health and alternate health fields.You will study the foundations of small business in association with your chosen field.

As self-employment makes up a high percentage of employment opportunities in the health and alternate therapies sector, this course focuses on researching and developing a complete business plan around a real of simulated business idea.

This course will also assist you to understand and undertake effective design thinking, business planning, financial management, ability to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, manage client relationships and promote yourself and/or your business, and business operations.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelors honours program, your overall mark for the course will be one of the course marks used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from January 1 2016 onwards. See the WAM information webpage for more information:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will help you develop your ability to:-

  • Identify, understand and interpret business concepts
  • Problem solve using design thinking concepts and strategies
  •  Critically analyse and evaluate business ideas, marketing plans and financial records
  •  Communicate ideas, intentions and outcomes clearly to a variety of audiences utilising a range of oral and written communication modes.

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:-

  1. Apply design and creative thinking to develop a small business concept.
  2. Develop a targeted marketing plan for your enterprise.
  3.  Understand and apply relevant legal, regulatory  requirements associated with your enterprise.
  4.  Develop a detailed financial and operational plan for the enterprise.
  5.  Effectively use communication platforms including social media to promote your enterprise.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities in this course include face to face lectures, guided class discussion and workshops, written exercises and online learning through forums and posting of current or topical articles. You will also undertake guided and self directed research and engage in peer feedback .

Overview of Learning Resources

All learning resources will be uploaded to the student portal - myRMIT.

This will include:

* Class handouts

* Recommended readings.

* Class powerpoint presentations

* All templates for completion of assignments

You will be required to source relevant material for class discussions and completion of assessment tasks including readily available research information, demographic and psychographic information etc.

There is no prescribed textbook for this course.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in the course will be project-based and will focus on your real or simulated small business concept/idea. Your skills and knowledge will be assessed progressively using short skill-based tasks. The final assessment will require you to create a presentation of your business using an online platform.