This unit begins to establish the professional identity of a dermal therapist by enabling the student to substantiate their role in the aesthetics industry as a sole entity as well as being a member of an inter-professional team. It does so by providing an introduction to critical thinking and the philosophy of science required to be able to undertake studies in the dermal and health sciences. It will build on the concept of evidence-based practice by learning how to evaluate information using a scientific approach. It will also bring together many of the necessary academic skills required to complete a dermal sciences degree. A primary aim of this unit will be to facilitate the student's ability to critically analyse and evaluate selected literature relating to dermal sciences with particular reference to the safe practice of applied dermal therapies.

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HBD1201 - Introduction to Dermal Sciences

HBD1201 Introduction to Dermal Sciences OR 96 credit points of first year.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify basic philosophical concepts related to health practice;  
  2. Review industry based evidence using critical thinking and a scientific approach;  
  3. Exemplify academic writing that follows formal conventions and is expressed clearly, persuasively and effectively in the area of Dermal Science;  
  4. Exhibit effective collaborative skills in an ethical and responsible manner in the achievement of group outcomes;  
  5. Strategise when to refer to the appropriate professionals, and how to best work with them from an inter-professional perspective.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Group Debate (20 mins) 30%
Presentation Presentation of the portfolio (5 mins) 35%
Portfolio Written reflection plus evidence of completion of independent learning module (1000 words) 35%

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