The focus of this unit is engaging with knowledge in a university-learning environment-a key requirement of transition to university. Students will be introduced to the approaches to approaches used by a range of health professions and will investigate selected dimensions of biomedical and social models of health. The unit embeds academic capabilities into the subject content such as academic reading, argumentative essay writing, referencing and library research.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Participate and contribute effectively in a Higher Education environment;  
  2. Communicate effectively within a range of university settings such as lectures, tutorials, VU Collaborate and library, and in off campus settings;  
  3. Plan and organise study, including goal setting, time management and development of a study plan;  
  4. Acquire a range of different academic skills, including written and oral communication and presentation; and  
  5. Describe key features of a range of approaches to health care.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Reflective Journal entries based on lectures (and Q and A sessions with lecturers and students) from VU health disciplines. (600words) 30%
Essay Expository essay (800 words) 40%
Poster Poster presentation based on a social determinant of health. (5min) Groups 2-3 30%

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