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CHIR20019 Social Perspectives of Health
Social Perspectives of Health
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General Information


In this unit you will examine the numerous social complexities that exist in the delivery of healthcare and how those complexities impact practice. You will examine different perspectives on health and their influence on decision making, and then discuss ways to balance personal views with available scientific evidence and rationale. You will also study factors that affect the health outcomes of the individual as they apply to your obligation to deliver evidence-based, patient-centred health care.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator


It is felt that theoretical knowledge and clinical reasoning skills would be better assessed through alternative assessment tasks.


It is recommended that the assessment tasks be reviewed to ensure rigorous assessment of student learning and knowledge.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Provide a balanced judgement of patient centred and evidence based care in health care decision making
  2. Make informed decisions using the best available evidence for patient management
  3. Recommend appropriate healthcare advice which considers the ethics associated with a limitation of knowledge/evidence, potential conflicts of interest, cultural, social and other differences which may impact an individual’s health outcomes.

LO1 links to CCEA Competency Element 1.2 Public Health Concepts with the Performance Indicators: Understanding of health problems during special life periods including ageing, paediatrics and adolescence; recognition of the role that chiropractors can play in overall public health practice, including public hospitals; understanding the special areas of women’s and men’s health and the cultural aspects of public health; and understanding the concept of increasing the patient’s responsibility for his/her own health care.

LO2 links to (a) CCEA Competency Element 11.1 Develops a personal ability to seek out and apply scientific information with the Performance Indicators: Ability to critically appraise the literature and apply evidence-based problem solving in practice; understand the on-going necessity for continuing education; demonstrate communication skills, an ability to speak in public and give a case presentation with an adequate literature review; and show an understanding of research methods and their significance in modern health care; and (b) to CCEA Competency Element 3.1 Awareness of professional ethos, organisation and history with the Performance Indicators: Is aware of the profession’s special characteristics, aspirations and strengths; is aware of the profession’s organisations locally, nationally and internationally; and of its relations to other professions and organisations, e.g WHO; is aware of the major historical mile posts of the profession, both locally and internationally.

LO3 links to CCEA Competency Element 3.2 Awareness of professionalism with the Performance Indicators: Assesses personal standards of practice; and recognises the need for self-directedness in further and continuing education to extend knowledge and refine skills.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 35%
2 - Presentation - 35%
3 - In-class Test(s) - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources

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This information will be available on Monday 16 October 2023
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