Students will undertake activities of applied and problem-based learning to develop stage appropriate competency in a range of dermal science and therapy skills and techniques; including client/skin assessment, determining parameters of skin health, developing and performing a range of techniques to manage skin conditions in safe and effective manner.  Students will consolidate knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of treatments as well as patient health status and skin tissue interactions in order to evaluate risks and manage complications. Students will develop skills and competency as evidence based clinical dermal practitioners.

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HBD2202 - Dermal Sciences 2

HBD2203 - Laser Principles and Safety

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply theory and practice of skin assessment and referral when required if skin conditions present outside the scope of the dermal clinician;  
  2. Apply techniques to evaluate parameters of skin health and efficacy of treatment strategies;  
  3. Develop competency in performing a range of foundation dermal skills and techniques;  
  4. Interrogate and apply knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of treatments to practice; and  
  5. Evaluate risks and manage complications associated with foundational dermal procedures.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Practical Test OSCE (60min) 30%
Practicum Practical Test OSCE (60min) 30%
Presentation Group Presentation of a consultation tool (15mins duration) 40%

Required reading

Cosmetic Dermatology: products and procedures. 2nd ed.
Draelos, Z.D. (2016)
Chichester, West Sussex; NJ: Wiley Blackwell

Laser Dermatology. 2nd ed.
Goldberd, D.J. (Ed) (2013)
Heidelberg: Springer.

Non-invasive diagnostic techniques in clinical dermatology
Berardesca, E., Maibach, H.I., & Wilhelm, K.P. (Eds) (2014)
Berlin: Springer

Dermoscopy: an illustrated self-assessment guide 2nd ed.
Johr. R., & Stolz, W. (2015)
New York: McGraw-Hill Medical; London: McGraw-Hill

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