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Understanding Data in Health Care
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This unit introduces students to the paradigm of data in a digital age and the journey towards wisdom and understanding. Students will learn how this progression is centred on the existence of accurate, relevant and appropriately collected and organised data. Students will explore data as complex and heterogeneous and gain an understanding of new practices and technologies impacting on the ethical and legal collection of personal data in health care.

Understanding Data in Health Care
Unit of study code 321
Availability Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

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Please note: From 2021 this subject will be available in the January and July terms.

Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 2
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Ross Pancho
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Principles of data a) examine the structural and functional components of data within the health care environment Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 9
Theme 2: Clinical communication b) appraise how clinical communication occurs in a digitialised health care system Assessment 2: Essay (2,000 words) 40% 5
Theme 3: Data science c) analyse current trends and contemporary practices in health care data management Assessment 3: Essay (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Legal and ethical issues d) determine privacy, ethical and legal implications of collecting health care data.

Understanding Data in Health Care (321) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.