Dermal Skills 1

Unit code: HBD3001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Queen
HBD2202 - Dermal Sciences 2
HBD2203 - Laser Principles and Safety
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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 and hair assessment, determining parameters of skin and hair health, developing and performing a range of techniques to manage skin and hair conditions in a safe and effective manner.  Students will consolidate knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of treatments as well as patient health status and skin and hair tissue interactions or appropriate clinical endpoints in order to evaluate risks and manage complications. Students will develop skills and competency as evidence based clinical dermal practitioners.
Students are required to have a Dermal Clinic Uniform pack, PPE packs including protective eye wear for lasers and have met the clinical learning requirements including police check, working with children, Hep B immunisation and privacy disclosure.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply theory and practice of skin and hair assessment and referral when required if conditions present outside the scope of the dermal clinician;
  2. Apply techniques to evaluate parameters of skin and hair health and efficacy of treatment strategies;
  3. Demonstrate 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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online Tests x 3 (30mins each)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
Logbook of hours and 3 X practical milestone tests - OSCEs (Total of approximately 60mins)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
1 x Practical Test - OSCE (60 minutes)

Required reading

Dermoscopy in general dermatology
Lallas, A. (Ed) (2019)| Boca Raton: CRC Press

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