This unit builds on and consolidates knowledge and techniques covered in HBD2203 Laser Principles and Safety and HBD3101 Hair Reduction Procedures, as well as sequencing as part of case management. The unit provides important underpinning knowledge that students will require in the treatment of various skin conditions using light based modalities. Practical application of techniques utilising Class 3b, Class 4 lasers and intense light sources (ILS) will be undertaken. Students will be monitored through the on-going evaluation of treatments in progress and final evaluation of completed treatments.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate light-tissue interactions to optimise light-based treatment outcomes and manage risks;  
  2. Devise light based treatment plans for a range of skin conditions in accordance with the principles of evidence-based practice;  
  3. Demonstrate the use of light based modalities to treat a range of skin conditions; and  
  4. Analyse the outcomes of treatments to map the ongoing management of a range of skin conditions.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written Assignment (1000 words) 30%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 30%
Examination Practical Examination (1 hour) Hurdle 40%
To pass this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50%, and pass the practical assessment. Practical skills are a critical part of the Learning Outcomes of this Unit and therefore students MUST pass the practical component in order to pass the Unit. The practical component of this Unit has a minimum attendance requirement of 90% and students who fail to meet the minimum attendance requirements may wish to submit a Special Consideration application to the Unit Convenor.

Required reading

Laser dermatology 2nd ed.
Goldberg, D. (2013)
Heidleberg, Springer

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