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The World Health Organisation has identified the link between anthropogenic environmental change and public health as an issue of significant concern and has engaged in a workplan with priorities to advocate and raise awareness, strengthen partnerships, enhance scientific evidence and strengthen health systems. This unit aims to develop your understanding of factors within the anthropogenic and natural environments that impact upon health outcomes, including environmentally transmitted diseases, climate change and sustainable development. Content will include an exploration of zoonotic diseases, vector borne conditions, emerging epidemiologic trends, community resilience and capacity building. You will discover the value of participation through an exploration of community resilience and capacity building. Prevention will be emphasised as you learn about the aetiologies, risk factors, epidemiological trends and underlying environmental factors relating to a range of diseases of public health importance. The theme of partnership will be developed as you examine the issue of environmental sustainability and emerging environmental health issues while learning the importance of working with traditional and contemporary custodians of natural environments, collaborating with government and non-government agencies in creating healthy environmental policy.
Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
96 credit points
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 - 2020
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).
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.
Examine the aetiology and risk factors of environmentally transmitted diseases and conditions
Information Technology Competence
3 Group Discussion
Early in the term you will be formed into groups. Each group will prepare and present a Q&A style seminar on Zoom for the rest of the class. Your topic will be a public health issue that is related to or caused by environmental change. Your seminar should:
identify the public health issue
explore the driving forces and pressures behind environmental change and how it affects your public health issue
encourage discussion about responses to the challenges you have identified
Other students in the class will also need to participate in the seminar by attending AND preparing a question for the panel for consideration ahead of time.
Seminars will be held at agreed times during Week 7.
Each student will also need to complete an online self and peer assessment task.
Assessment Due Date
Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Agreed times during Week 8. The Self and Peer Assessment task is due Friday of Week 7 at 11:45 pm.
Return Date to Students
Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020)
Knowledge of the public health issue (30%)
Depth of response and discussion (40%)
Team participation (self and peer assessment) (20%)
Participation via Zoom; submit SPA online; group submission of presentation slides via Moodle.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Evaluate the social-ecological framework as a means to build and maintain partnerships to address environmental health issues
Communicate information relating to emerging environmental health issues to a wide variety of audiences
Cross Cultural Competence
4 Written Assessment
This is your opportunity to investigate and theorise in depth about an issue of interest that has arisen from your research. Using the topic chosen for your seminar, write a discussion paper around a specific topic related to your selected public health challenge. Consider possible future scenarios, linkages and elements within the system and propose methods for responding to the challenge to improve or maintain public health. You should take into account learning that came out of your seminar and group discussions as well as the current evidence from the literature.
You should prepare your paper as if for publication in a relevant journal. An exemplar will be provided on Moodle as a guide.
Word limit: 4000 words
Assessment Due Date
Review/Exam Week Monday (8 June 2020) 11:55 pm AEST
Return Date to Students
Results for this assessment task will be available after Certification of Grades.
Minimum mark or grade
Students must achieve an overall composite grade equal to or greater than 50% and a score of 50% (20/40) for this assessment task in order to pass this unit.
summarises relevant information from credible and reputable sources
article is relevant to the issue under investigation
response activities to maintain or improve public health are presented
response activities are appropriate
response activities are thoroughly explained
effectiveness of the response activities is evaluated
depth and extent of discussion
discussion is thorough and logically presented
accuracy of the statements and scenarios proposed
recommendations for future activities have been based on critical thought, analysis of the evidence and synthesis of new ideas
creativity in integrating existing evidence to propose scenarios and solutions
depth and range of research
structure and flow of information
coherence and clarity of expression (spelling, grammar, syntax)
all sources attributed
style and formatting
typographical matters (types, font, headings etc)
referencing is consistent and in accordance with Harvard style
Predict and debate potential scenarios to respond to environmental health challenges based on current and emerging evidence
Describe the use of Health Impact Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment and social innovation in the development of sustainable public policy to support health.
Cross Cultural Competence
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.
Where can I get assistance?
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.