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HSH303 - Health Practicum

Year:2020 unit information
Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) 

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Shane McIver
Trimester 2: Shane McIver
Trimester 3: Hayley McKenzie
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in H313, D388, D381 or H300



For H313/D388/D381: HSH323

For H300: Successfully completed at least 16 credit points



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 3 hour seminar (week 1 and week 11); fieldwork x 120 hours (across weeks 1-11 of trimester); opt-in fortnightly Blackboard Collaborate sessions as announced during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 3 hour seminar (Week 1 and Week 11); fieldwork x 120 hours (across Weeks 1-11 of trimester); opt-in fortnightly Blackboard Collaborate sessions as announced during the trimester.

Please note there is compulsory attendance (on-campus for Burwood and Geelong students or via Blackboard Collaborate for Cloud students) at the 2 X 3 hour seminars (Week 1 and Week 11) for all students undertaking HSH303.


To enrol in this unit, please email health-wil@deakin.edu.au for further information. 

Note: Placement allocations commence two weeks prior to the start of the trimester therefore, to ensure access to all placement opportunities it is advisable to enrol early. Students enrolling after placement allocation has occurred may have limited options.

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Police Check and Working with Children Check

Prior to commencing a placement, students are required to obtain a police check. The Faculty of Health Work Integrated Learning Team utilise an online service called ‘Fit2Work’, and students will receive an email with instructions on how to apply. Students should not apply for a police check until they have received this email from Fit2Work.

Some organisations may also require students to obtain a Working with Children check if they will be working directly with children or families whilst on placement.


This is a core public health-health promotion unit and an elective health sciences unit that aims to provide students with an in-depth, working understanding of public health-health promotion and health science principles and approaches in the field. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of work experience in a health-related agency. In addition to developing a practical understanding of their field of study, this experience will help students further develop the professional and personal skills required to work in their sector. The practicum component follows one seminar session covering: the expectations of the unit, and overview of project management; and an introduction to workplace organisation and context. 


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply the principles, competencies and strategies relevant to public health and health promotion or the Health Science Major in a workplace context.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse the social, organisational, political and economic context to which your field of study relates.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship


Identify the professional and personal attributes required to work in your field of study.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO6: Self-management


Evaluate your academic knowledge of Public Health and Health Promotion or Health Science Major and how such knowledge transfers into practice.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate interpersonal skills including negotiation, teamwork, conflict management, decision making and problem-solving.

GLO2: Communication
GLO6: Self-management
GLO7: Teamwork


Critically reflect on your work placement and future career aspirations.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management


Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Career Profile Pack 1,000 words /mixed media 20%
  • Information not yet available 
Assessment 2: Practicum Plan 1,000 words  35%
  • Information not yet available 
Assessment 3: Reflective Journal  2,000 words  45%
  • Information not yet available 

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

  • Supervisor's report - Pass/Fail

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below:HSH303 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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