Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Nerida Joss


Working with People provides students with knowledge and practical skills for future workforce participation in the healthcare and allied health industry. The unit aims to develop basic communication skills including theories of communication, verbal and non-verbal, barriers and facilitators, building relationships and problem-solving. The unit introduces basic theories relevant to managing people and organisations. Individual differences will be examined in relation to workplace structure, culture and practice. Students will gain an appreciation of theory and practical application of motivation, team building, team work, leadership, conflict, sharing power and decision-making.


On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. describe models of communication and the theories that underpin them;
  2. explain the role of individual behaviour, values and attributes in communication between individuals, groups and organisations;
  3. discuss theories and practical application of group behaviours, individual motivation, team building and group processes;
  4. demonstrate understanding of basic skills in managing conflict and power relations;
  5. compare and contrast different models of leadership and examine their implications for practice;
  6. consult effectively with a range of people in a range of contexts; and
  7. demonstrate basic ability to lead and participate in a manner which respects diverse opinions and perspectives.


Communication Assignment (2000 words) 30%
Group Presentation 20%
Individual Paper (1500 words) 20%
Exam (short answer questions plus long answer responses) 30%
Hurdle requirement: attendance at 80% of tutorials, unless medical or other certification provided.

Chief examiner(s)

Nerida Joss

Contact hours

3 hours class contact time per week
On campus students: 12 hours per week including contact time (1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial) and self directed learning.


MGW1010, MGW2230