CQUniversity Unit Profile
ENVH11001 Term 1 - 2021
Health and the Environment
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General Information

Overview

This unit will introduce the student to the concept of environmental determinants of health and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health. Students will study the links between good health and the state of the environment, particularly those between the environment and society, economics and environment, politics and environment and environmental health development. Students will develop an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the interaction between human lifestyles, consumption patterns, urbanisation and health. It is a requirement of this unit to have access to the CQU website and the internet.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
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 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

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 Undergraduate 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

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 5%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 55%

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 Evaluation feedback

Feedback

Maybe a little too much material to read.

Recommendation

Review the suitability of study resources on an annual basis.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe environmental determinants of health
  2. Explain the principles of environmental protection, ecologically sustainable development and the precautionary principle
  3. Discuss the historical development and current paradigms pertaining to the discipline of environmental health in Australia and overseas
  4. Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health

Describe This unit relates to the following requirements for accreditation by Environmental Health Australia:

Environmental health literacies

  • Public heath principles
  • Sustainable development and environmental health principles
  • Foundational sciences
  • Foundational environmental health practice
  • Environmental health management

Environmental health graduate attributes

1. Apply relevant knowledge, principles and concepts to workplace needs

  • Apply basic public health science principles and concepts to issues of concern
  • Understand the discipline of environmental health, its theoretical underpinnings and spheres of operation

2. Communicate effectively

  • Exchange of information with colleagues, practitioners, clients, policy-makers, interest groups and the public
  • Persuasively argue for the value and importance of environmental & public health

3. Access, evaluate and synthesise information

  • Identify and access information sources and compile relevant & appropriate information when needed
  • Analyse data, recognise meaningful test results, and interpret results

4. Utilise lifelong learning skills

  • Take responsibility for their own learning and development
  • Critically evaluate personal beliefs and assumptions

5. Demonstrate international and cultural awareness and understanding

  • Recognise individual and collective human rights
  • Recognise the importance of cultural diversity and sensitivity
  • Think globally

6. Apply professional skills

  • Work independently and in teams
  • Demonstrate ethical practices
  • Employ systems thinking skills

7. Use technologies appropriately

  • Decide on appropriate applications, recognising their advantages & limitations

8. Think critically, creatively and reflectively

  • Apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Written Assessment - 55%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Written Assessment - 55%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Basic Environmental Health (2001)

Authors: Yassi, A, Kjellstrom, T, de Kok, T & Guidotti, T
Oxford University Press
New York New York , NY , Australia
ISBN: 9780195135589
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Dale Trott Unit Coordinator
d.trott@cqu.edu.au
Sarah Mcnicol Unit Coordinator
s.mcnicol@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to environmental health

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes, i.e. F2F, ISL & Zoom): Introduction & Introduction to Assessment 1

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

The nature of environmental health hazards

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes): Evidence gathering and evaluation 

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Managing environmental health hazards

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 3 & 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes): Preparing a bibliography

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Environmental determinants of health- air quality

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes): Causal reasoning & Introduction to Assessment 2


Ass task 1: Moodle quiz Due: Week 4 Monday (29 Mar 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Environmental determinants of health- water quality and sanitation

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes): Assessment 2 general help

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Environmental determinants of health- food and agriculture

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes): Introduction to Assessment 3


Ass task 2: Annotated bibliography Due: Week 6 Monday (19 Apr 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

The role of insects and animals in disease transmission

Chapter

Selected readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes): Assessment 3 general help

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Human settlement and urbanisation

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes): Assessment 3 general help

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Environmental health in the indigenous population

Chapter

Online lecture & selected readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes): Introduction to Assessment 4


Ass task 3: Short report Due: Week 9 Monday (10 May 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Environmental health hazards in industrial and occupational environments

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (All modes): Assessment 4 general help

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Transboundary environmental health concerns

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Worked Tutorial (All modes): Assessment 4 general help

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Protecting health and the environment

Chapter

Yassi et al (2001) Chp. 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Worked Tutorial (Zoom): Assessment 4 general help


Ass task 4: Case study Due: Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Ass task 1: Moodle quiz

Task Description

Complete the online quiz in Moodle relating to the general principles of environmental health. There is no time limit for completion and you can save your answers and return to them before submitting.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Monday (29 Mar 2021) 11:55 pm AEST

Quiz opens Mon. (Wk.3) and closes Mon. (Wk.4)


Return Date to Students

Week 4 Monday (29 Mar 2021) 12:00 am AEST

Results available when quiz has closed.


Weighting
5%

Assessment Criteria

To pass this assessment task, the student must be able to:

  • Explain the key components of the discipline of environmental health
  • Identify different types of scholarly literature
  • Locate scholarly literature


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Ass task 2: Annotated bibliography

Task Description

A topic for your annotated bibliography will be provided on Moodle. Locate five (5) scholarly articles that relate to this topic. Present an annotated bibliography for each article. Your bibliography should include the following:

  1. Full bibliographic details, presented according to the Harvard referencing style.
  2. Identify whether the article represents primary, secondary or tertiary evidence. Explaining why it is so.
  3. A short description of the important points in the article that make it relevant to the assignment topic.


NB: Start each bibliography on a new page, with the bibliographic reference in bold type at the top of the page.

Word count: 150-250 words per bibliographic entry.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (19 Apr 2021) 11:55 pm AEST

Submission due Mon. (Wk.6) [NB: We have the mid term break the week prior to this submission]


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (3 May 2021) 12:00 am AEST


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment task will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • Identifies relevant scholarly sources (20%)
  • Identifies appropriate links between environmental factors and health (30%)
  • Appropriately evaluates sources (15%)
  • Referencing is correct in accordance with the CQU Harvard referencing style (15%)
  • Structure is logical and written expression is scholarly (10%)
  • Uses correct grammar, spelling and punctuation (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe environmental determinants of health
  • Explain the principles of environmental protection, ecologically sustainable development and the precautionary principle
  • Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Ass task 3: Short report

Task Description

A real life scenario will be provided on Moodle. Write a report discussing the scenario, identifying the likely cause of the problem and suggesting ways in which the problem can be rectified. Use appropriate information from your required reading and other scholarly sources to support your conclusions and justify your recommendations.


Word count: 750 words (+/- 10%); Cover page & reference list not included


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (10 May 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (24 May 2021) 12:00 am AEST


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment task will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • Integrates knowledge of key discipline areas (20%)
  • Identifies appropriate links between environmental factors and health (25%)
  • Draws appropriate and justified conclusions (20%)
  • Refers to a variety of relevant scholarly sources (10%)
  • Structure is logical and written expression is scholarly (10%)
  • Uses correct grammar, spelling and punctuation (5%)
  • Referencing is appropriate and consistent in style (5%)
  • Complies with word limit (5%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe environmental determinants of health
  • Explain the principles of environmental protection, ecologically sustainable development and the precautionary principle
  • Discuss the historical development and current paradigms pertaining to the discipline of environmental health in Australia and overseas
  • Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Ass task 4: Case study

Task Description

A case study will be provided to you on Moodle. Analyse the available information and write a report clearly describing the causes and potential outcomes of the situation. In your report, identify the immediate cause of the problem and how it could have been prevented. Explain the secondary factors potentially causing or contributing to adverse health effects, both in this particular situation and in the wider community. You should also identify any long term health or environmental effects and/or impacts on the wider community. Suggest some ways this problem could be prevented in the future. Use appropriate references from the literature to support your statements.

Word count: 1500 words (+/- 10%); Cover page & reference list not included


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 Jun 2021) 12:00 am AEST

Following certification of grades.


Weighting
55%

Minimum mark or grade
You must achieve at least a PASS (P) grade (27.5/55) for this assignment to be eligible to pass the unit.

Assessment Criteria

This assessment task will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • Integrates knowledge of key discipline areas (15%)
  • Identifies appropriate links between environmental factors and health (20%)
  • Draws appropriate and justified conclusions (15%)
  • Proposes recommendations justified by analysis of the case study (15%)
  • Refers to a variety of relevant scholarly sources (10%)
  • Structure is logical and written expression is scholarly (10%)
  • Uses correct grammar, spelling and punctuation (5%)
  • Referencing is appropriate and consistent in style (5%)
  • Complies with word limit (5%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe environmental determinants of health
  • Discuss the historical development and current paradigms pertaining to the discipline of environmental health in Australia and overseas
  • Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

What can you do to act with integrity?

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For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.