Dermal Studies and Philosophy

Unit code: HBD2101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Real Time
HBD1201 Introduction to Dermal Sciences OR 96 credit points of first year.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit begins to establish the professional identity of a dermal therapist by enabling the student to substantiate their role in the aesthetics industry as a sole entity as well as being a member of an inter-professional team. It does so by introducing students to critical thinking and the philosophy of science required to be able to undertake studies in the dermal and health sciences. It will build on the concept of evidence-based practice by learning how to evaluate information using a scientific approach. It will also bring together many of the necessary academic skills required to complete a dermal sciences degree. A primary aim of this unit will be to facilitate the student's ability to critically analyse and evaluate selected literature relating to dermal sciences with particular reference to the safe practice of applied dermal therapies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify basic philosophical concepts related to health practice;
  2. Review industry-based evidence using critical thinking and a scientific approach;
  3. Strategise when to refer to the appropriate professionals, and how to best work with them from an inter-professional perspective; and
  4. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Other
Grade: 35%
Group Debate (20 mins)
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 40%
Written reflection on completion of independent learning module (1000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 25%
Presentation of key learnings from portfolio (5 mins)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

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