Course Title: Essentials of Health Care Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Essentials of Health Care Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Ms Katherine Baverstock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7536

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.031

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course develops your capacity to work in a health care environment by developing your knowledge of the Australian health care system and your knowledge of the principles of safe and high-quality health care and health care provision and improvement. It will develop your knowledge of the social, cultural and environmental determinants of health. You will also develop your knowledge of ethical principles, reasoning and the principles of professionalism. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to capability development in the following Pharmacy program learning outcomes.

  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and accountability.
  • Demonstrate social responsibility to improve healthcare.
  • Communicate effectively for the delivery of patient-centred care.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe principles of professionalism in health care practice
  2. Outline the organisation of the Australian health care system
  3. Compare and explain the social, cultural and environmental determinants of health
  4. Describe, compare and explain health status across local and global populations with special reference to disadvantaged groups
  5. Explain principles of health care improvement
  6. Rationalise ethically sound decisions incorporating principles of ethical reasoning and codes of conduct
  7. Communicate relevant information clearly and appropriately.


Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be presented in a blended manner. Key concepts will be explained in didactic materials integrated with further exploration in case-based tutorial and workshop exercises. Students are expected to supplement face to face sessions with recommended activities and private study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Extensive course materials are distributed online through myRMIT, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library resources. Students should check myRMIT regularly for updated information and resources. Students are advised to purchase recommended texts and should review materials available through the library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include tests, online quizzes, short report and examinations and is both formative and summative. 

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Summative tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Assignment

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 7

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7