- Class Number 6319
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Merryn McKinnon
- Dr Merryn McKinnon
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and apply effective communication techniques to convey complex health information to a range of audiences.
- Review and evaluate health promotion activities.
- Discuss potential solutions to societal health problems.
- Collaborate with others to produce health promotion products and events.
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
More details will be provided in class/on Wattle during semester.
Students will require access to a computer and the internet.
Recommended textbook (optional):
McKinnon, M. (ed) (2021) Health Promotion: A Practical Guide to Effective Communication. Cambridge University Publishing.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Staff FeedbackStudents 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
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction and overview of course; establishment of major project groups||Related to assessment tasks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5|
|2||Behaviour change theories||Related to assessment tasks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|3||Health promotion planning||Related to assessment tasks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|4||Health promotion settings and lifespan approach||Related to assessment tasks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|5||Effective communication||Related to assessment tasks 2 and 3|
|6||Ethics in health promotion||Related to assessment tasks 2, 3, 4 and 5|
|7||Interpreting and communicating risk||Related to assessment tasks 2, 3, 4 and 5|
|8||Health fair||Related to assessment tasks 4 and 5|
|9||Introduction to health protection||Related to assessment tasks 2 and 3|
|10||New ways of communicating health protection||Related to assessment tasks 4 and 5|
|11||Global health - emerging issues||Related to assessment task 5|
|12||Revision for exam if required||Related to assessment task 5|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Behaviour change essay||15 %||17/08/2022||31/08/2022||1,2,3|
|Health Promotion Project - needs assessment and communication strategy||25 %||01/09/2022||16/09/2022||1,3,4|
|Health Promotion project - final report||25 %||27/10/2022||11/11/2022||2,3,4|
|Final exam||25 %||03/11/2022||01/12/2022||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe 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 AssessmentMarks 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 take home 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 and time of the exam.
Assessment Task 1
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 (no more than two) are relevant to this initiative. Discuss the appropriateness of the model/s and/or theories to the issue and target audience. Your essay should include the following:
- An overview of the health issue the program is trying to address. This might include how prevalent the issue is in a population, include statistics or costs, and/or the impact of this health issue for the population group/society and/or country more broadly.
- A description of the health promotion program. This should include the target audience, how it engages with that audience (ads, posters, social media campaign, workshops etc?) and what it is trying to achieve. If your initiative is very big with lots of different activities, just pick one (e.g. a national anti-smoking campaign – you might choose a program specifically targeting a particular community group or region OR just the television ads for example).
- What behaviour change theory or model do you think best applies to this program and why? You do not need to test all theories and models. You only need to choose one or a maximum of two. Why does this theory or model fit this campaign? Clearly demonstrate the fit, supporting your argument by showing the relationship between the program and your chosen theory.
- Is this model or theory the most appropriate one? Why or why not? Here you might include evidence of effectiveness (e.g. statistics showing reductions in issue prevalence over time, program evaluations) or show how the individual focus of the program could be strengthened by including actions which address the context of the individual as well (e.g. social or workplace).
Length: 1500 words (10% leeway)
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
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4
Health Promotion Project - needs assessment and 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 8 (TBC) 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. You need to ensure that you are promoting both your event/program/initiative and the health fair. More detail on the communication plan requirements is provided in class and on Wattle. This is a group submission. Each submission must include a CRediT Statement which outlines what each group member contributed to the project. Definitions of roles and contributions will be provided on Wattle and discussed in class.
|Needs assessment - thorough & supporting evidence||10||Suitability & diversity of ideas/ materials||5||Communication strategy - effectiveness, thorough?||10|
Assessment Task 3
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.
This is a group submission. Each submission must include a CRediT Statement which outlines what each group member contributed to the project. Definitions of roles and contributions will be provided on Wattle and discussed in class. Students who do not contribute equitably to the project may receive a lower grade.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
During semester in week 5 and week 11, students will be required to complete online timed quizzes consisting of up to 10 multiple choice questions. These will cover the topics presented in the preceding four weeks. Full details provided in class and on Wattle. Each quiz is worth 5% of the final grade.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The final examination may consist of multiple choice, short and/or long answer questions about the topics covered in class across the semester. 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 exam is worth 25% of the final grade.
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. The actual examination date, location and time will be confirmed in class once the examination timetable is released.
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