• Class Number 8953
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Merryn McKinnon
    • Dr Merryn McKinnon
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

This interdisciplinary course will provide students with an overview of the factors that influence health in society, and how knowledge of these factors is used to create intervention programs to improve public health. Each student will work within a group to identify a particular health issue and then develop, deliver and evaluate a specific health promotion initiative. This course emphasises the practical application of theory, aiming to equip students with hands on experience in the work of a health promotion professional. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and apply effective communication techniques to convey complex health information to a range of audiences.
  2. Review and evaluate health promotion activities.
  3. Discuss potential solutions to societal health problems.
  4. Collaborate with others to produce health promotion products and events.

Research-Led Teaching

This course encompasses the four main aspects of research-led teaching. There is a focus on research content; the curriculum is structured around the existing body of literature in the field and the core theoretical understandings. Students are encouraged to actively critique and reflect upon the literature in their own analyses of health protection and promotion. This provides students with a sense of the research process and problems as the course examines the implementation of theory and regulations, and how the concept of ‘best practice’ has also evolved. Students are further required to engage in the research process through regular problem-based learning activities and their development of a health promotion initiative.

Examination Material or equipment

Pen and pencil only. No notes or electronic resource to be taken in.

Required Resources

Students will require access to a computer and the internet

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction and familiarisation; history and philosophy of health promotion Related to assessment task 4
2 Health education theories Related to assessment tasks 1, 2, 3, 4
3 Health promotion planning models Related to assessment tasks 1, 2, 3, 4
4 Health promotion settings and lifespan approach Related to assessment tasks 1, 2, 3, 4
5 Effective communication Related to assessment tasks 2 and 3
6 Ethics in health promotion Related to assessment tasks 2, 3 and 4
7 Interpreting and communicating risk Related to assessment tasks 2, 3 and 4
8 Introduction to health protection Related to assessment task 4
9 Health fair Related to assessment task 2, 3
10 New ways of communicating health protection Related to assessment task 4
11 Global health - emerging issues Related to assessment task 4
12 Presentation of Health Promotion Project Related to assessment task 3

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Behaviour change essay 15 % 19/08/2020 02/09/2020 1, 2, 3
Health Promotion Project - communication strategy 25 % 27/08/2020 10/09/2020 1, 3, 4
Health Promotion project - final report 25 % 21/10/2020 04/11/2020 2, 3, 4
Final exam 35 % 05/11/2020 03/12/2020 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This course will have an end of semester examination comprised of multiple choice, short and/or long answer questions about the topics covered in class.

Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 19/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Behaviour change essay

A range of behaviour change models and theories are presented in class materials. You are required to select a health promotion initiative (from anywhere in the world) and discuss what behaviour change model/s and/or theories are relevant to this initiative. Discuss the appropriateness of the model/s and/or theories to the issue and target audience. Word limit 1500 words (leeway of 10% over limit without penalty).

Grading of the essay is based on the ANU Grading System. In particular, your work will be considered in terms of:

• Clarity and coherence of argument including support from relevant literature

• Demonstrated understanding of the subject matter

• Excellent spelling, grammar and punctuation

• Consistent and accurate referencing

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 27/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 10/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Health Promotion Project - communication strategy

In small groups you will design, develop, deliver and evaluate a health promotion activity. You will deliver your activity during the Health Fair held in week 9 of semester. You are assessed on different components. This first component is the development of a needs assessment and a communication strategy for your activity. These activities must address a specific need identified through a needs assessment with your chosen target population. Evidence of need must be demonstrated and can draw upon a range of sources (e.g. research literature, statistics, surveys, focus groups, media coverage etc). Based on the identified needs you are then to develop a health promotion activity and a communication strategy outlining how you will engage with your target audience/s, what tactics and channels you will use, the resources you will require and how you will evaluate success. This is a group submission.


Needs assessment - thorough & supporting evidence7.5Appropriate key message in campaign3Communication plan: appropriate structure & detail7.5

Suitability & diversity of ideas/ materials


Effectiveness of campaign in reinforcing key message


Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 21/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 04/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Health Promotion project - final report

After running your health promotion program, in your groups you are required to evaluate the program and make recommendations for any future activities. Within the report, the group is expected to provide an overview of the project, what it aimed to do based on the needs assessment, how it aimed to do it and how successful it was based on the evaluations conducted. Groups will be marked based on the comprehensiveness of their report, the justification of their conclusions and recommendations with suitable evidence, the appropriateness and correct presentation/labelling of supporting materials (ie legibility and labelling of graphs, figures etc) and the clarity of the writing. All group members are expected to contribute to the report. This is a group submission of no more than 5,000 words with the emphasis on quality, not quantity.

The final report mark will be determined by peer evaluation. Each group member will be asked to send the lecturer an email giving each member of your group, including yourself, a mark out of 100. This mark refers to the effort given to the project. This includes contributions to group planning and discussions (in-class, out of class, online), as well as to the production of your final report. Equal effort does not necessarily mean the same kind of work - it is up to you to determine what responsibilities team members had, and how well they met them.

You must justify any mark less than 100, including if you mark yourself down. Each individual's grade will be determined based on the peer and self-assessment. The peer feedback is anonymous. If you are marked down and wish to know why, you will be given a general sense of the comments and justifications made, but you will not be allowed to see individual comments and marks.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 05/11/2020
Return of Assessment: 03/12/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final exam

The examination may consist of multiple choice, short and/or long answer questions about the topics covered in class. It will also include scenario based questions, requiring you to draw upon the theoretical and practical knowledge gained throughout the semester to develop answers. The format for this exam (invigilated or take home) will be determined in class and may be subject to change due to COVID 19 restrictions.

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via Wattle, with the exception of the presentation feedback which will be returned via email.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is generally not allowed unless under extenuating circumstances and then will only be offered at the discretion of the convenor.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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