Dermal Skills 2

Unit code: HBD3004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HBD3001 - Dermal Skills 1
HBD3002 - Dermal Clinic 1
HBD3003 - Skin Management 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit will provide students with the opportunity 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.

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 stage appropriate competency in performing a range of intermediate dermal skills and techniques; and
  4. Interrogate and apply knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of treatments to practice;


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Three Online Tests (30mins each)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Written Assessment (900 words)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 50%
Practical Test OSCE (60mins)

Required reading

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Baranoski, S., & Ayello, E. A. (2020). Wound care essentials (5th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins USA. Watson, T., & Nussbaum, E. (2021). Electrophysical agents (13th ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier. Zuther, J., & Norton, S. (2018). Lymphedema management: the comprehensive guide for practitioners (4th ed.). Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.

As part of a course

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