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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Katrina Recoche (Peninsula)


This unit covers the essential elements of developmental psychology and oral and written communication skills including effective listening, body language, professional and therapeutic relationships, anger management and conflict resolution. Using role play in tutorial classes students will explore these skills along with giving and receiving feedback and developing their critical thinking processes.


On the completion of this unit, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic psychological processes related to human behaviour;
  2. Understand and discuss the concept of individual difference in adapting to the demands of maintaining health across the lifespan;
  3. Describe coping methods employed by clients and nurses during changes of lifestyle related to health;
  4. Explain the modes of communication in the nurse-client relationships;
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of the factors that influence their communication in interactions with others;
  6. Discuss at a beginning level, critical thinking and reflection in the context of interacting with people, and
  7. Demonstrate competency in beginning level tertiary study skills.


Workbook activities: 30%
Quiz: 20%
Written assignment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Katrina Recoche

Contact hours

This unit will be offered as on campus flexible delivery mode consisting of one (1) hour lecture per week supported with two (2) hour of tutorials and one (1) hour of online guided learning activities per week for 13 weeks and 104 hours of private study over the semester.