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Courses Handbook 2014

This handbook contains information for courses and units at Curtin in 2014.
Information for the previous year's courses and units is available at Courses Handbook 2013.

313508 v.1 Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Health)


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas

Course Overview

Bachelor degrees prepare students to develop broad and coherent knowledge and skills in a discipline for professional work and further learning corresponding to AQF level 7 qualifications.

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to empower and strengthen the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Indigenous healing traditions. The broad aims of the course are to enable students to facilitate self-determination in health, including the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, families and individuals through the application of Indigenous knowledge and primary health care, and community development concepts and practices. The course will enable Indigenous primary health care practitioners to take leadership roles in the formulation and implementation of programs, in particular, through the development and application of Aboriginal Terms of Reference and Indigenous research skills. At the degree level, students learn to apply the principles and practices of Aboriginal Terms of reference, primary health care, health promotion, and community development to program evaluation.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials.

Course Entry and Completion Details

Applicants are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at and include flexible entry pathways.

Available only to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Entry requirements include successful completion of the Curtin Aboriginal Bridging Course, or the Associate Degree in Indigenous Community Health. It is preferable that prospective students be working or prepared to undertake voluntary work in an Aboriginal health related position.

Credit for Recognised Learning

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at

Credit for recognised learning may be awarded following completion of the Associate Degree in Indigenous Community Health or other relevant qualifications.

Pathway to Further Study

Graduates may qualify for entry to a bachelor degree with honours and some graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master degrees. For further details, see the University website

Course Entry/Completion Note

Employment or work experience in an area of health is an advantage.

Course Organisation

Bachelor degrees typically contain a series of units which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may contain a range of majors/streams for students to choose from to pursue learning in a specialised area of study.

Course organisation is based on a block system of education. There are four, two-week blocks per annum. Attendance at all study blocks is compulsory. For the first two years students enrol in the same units as the Associate Degree in Indigenous Community Health.

Course Learning Outcomes

A graduate of this course can:

1. apply, demonstrate and compile academic knowledge and principles in a variety of contexts to promote self-directed and independent learning

2. think critically and creatively to generate solutions in an academic environment. Apply logical processes in problem solving

3. access, evaluate, synthesise information from multiple sources in order to make valid judgements

4. communicate effectively with consideration of audience and purpose, demonstrating respect for others and cultural awareness

5. use technology appropriately to develop research skills, access resources and to communicate effectively to a wide community

6. be self-motivated and take responsibility for one’s own learning. Develop life-long learning skills to source new and relevant information

7. consider global and cultural issues from a variety of perspectives

8. demonstrate respect for cultural diversity within Indigenous Australia, the wider community and University environment; respect and promote cultural diversity

9. work ethically and professionally both within a team and independently. Develop a positive sense of Indigenous identity to empower others in the wider community

Duration and Availability

The course is three years full-time study. Compulsory study block releases, four blocks per year, are conducted at Bentley campus. Study blocks may also be held at other locations depending upon student numbers and available funds.

Location and delivery Mode

Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2014 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
303245 v.5   Indigenous Ways of Working 124 30.0 25.0
303237 v.5   Indigenous Issues and Factors in Local Region 114 30.0 25.0
313512 v.1   Indigenous Communication Skills 101 30.0 25.0
313513 v.1   Indigenous Healing Practices 121 30.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
313517 v.1   Indigenous Community Development (Health) 124 30.0 25.0
313515 v.1   Indigenous Health Issues 122 30.0 25.0
313516 v.1   Indigenous Primary Health Care 123 30.0 25.0
313514 v.1   Indigenous Health Issues 111 30.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 1
309948 v.2   Indigenous Organisational Practice and Management Skills 222 30.0 25.0
313518 v.1   Indigenous Project Management (Health) 211 30.0 25.0
313519 v.1   Health Promotion for Indigenous Australians 210 30.0 25.0
313524 v.1   Australian Political and Health Systems 212 30.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
313520 v.1   Indigenous Health Project Implementation 223 30.0 25.0
313522 v.1   Indigenous Health Project Evaluation 225 30.0 25.0
313521 v.1   Global Health Perspectives 250 30.0 25.0
313523 v.1   Indigenous Professional Practice and Leadership 260 30.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
303329 v.5   Evaluation Research Processes 313 30.0 25.0
303339 v.5   Community Program Evaluation 311 30.0 25.0
303342 v.5   Indigenous Community Education Practice 312 30.0 25.0
303347 v.5   Indigenous Community Practice 314 30.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
303352 v.5   Indigenous Community Education Practice 323 30.0 25.0
303354 v.5   Indigenous Community Practice 325 30.0 25.0
303348 v.5   Evaluation Research Processes 322 30.0 25.0
303349 v.5   Community Program Evaluation 324 30.0 25.0

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact the Centre for Aboriginal Studies on telephone (08) 9266 7091, email or visit our website:

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