This unit will look at various aspects of how the perception of our own self-concept and that of others can affect our workplace environment. By gaining a better understanding of themselves, students will be able to gain a better understanding of others, what makes them different and strategies for how to work more effectively with others. Students will be introduced to basic psychological concepts most related to the dermal sciences. Students will examine various psychological disorders that affect workplace functioning and psychological conditions that clients are more likely to present with in the dermal workplace setting. Students will be guided on how to develop protocols on managing these potential issues in the workplace.

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Online Self Paced
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HBD1202 - Communication and Dermal Services or

96 credit points of first year.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Interrogate different cognitive processes that affect perception of the self and others;  
  2. Probe the link between the physical self and psychological concepts of beauty;  
  3. Reflect on their own cognitive and behavioural processes and the role this may play in their clinical practice;  
  4. Review the different psychological processes that affect the workplace setting and identify ways of dealing with them;  
  5. Clarify when a client or colleague may need emergency or professional psychological help and how to manage this care in the dermal workplace setting.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Reflective Journal (500 words) 30%
Test Ten mini quizzes (10 x 5 minute quizzes each worth 2%) 20%
Assignment Protocol Handbook: In pairs prepare standard protocols to address issues in the workplace setting (1500 words) 50%

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