HBS201 Differential Diagnosis of Skin Disorders

Unit Description

HBS 201 Differential Diagnosis of Skin Disorders examines in detail the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment protocols of dermatological conditions. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of infection and pathology prior to studying some of the more common dermatological conditions and diseases such as acne, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, to name a few. In addition, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the role of clinical aesthetician in the treatment of common dermatological conditions and diseases. There will be opportunity to develop an individual case study in readiness for clinical practice.


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and classify the characteristics  of disease and disease processes
  2. Describe the vascular and cellular changes in the inflammatory process
  3. Describe common dermatological conditions and diseases
  4. Understand common dermatological conditions such as acne, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis
  5. Differentiate between diseases on the basis of aetiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology and clinical manifestations
  6. Evaluate and communicate case study presentations on dermatological conditions

Graduate Attributes (GA)

In addition to the unit-specific learning outcomes listed above, the following graduate attributes are taught, developed and assessed in varying degrees within this unit:

  • Knowledge of applied health science theory and practice
  • Knowledge of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities within healthcare delivery systems
  • The ability to communicate effectively with clients, peers and the wider community
  • The ability to demonstrate in-depth competence in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The ability to formulate and apply therapeutic interventions in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The capacity to lead, manage and/or work effectively with multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse teams
  • Awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to ongoing professional development and life-long learning.
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