CQUniversity Unit Profile
PSYC22002 Health Psychology and Rehabilitation
Health Psychology and Rehabilitation
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General Information

Overview

This unit is intended to provide you with advanced knowledge in health psychology, behavioural medicine, and rehabilitation practice necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist. The unit aims to build your competency in assessment, treatment planning and intervention for health-related issues within clinical psychology practice, using a culturally-responsive reflective practice approach.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
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 2 - 2021

Online
Rockhampton

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

1. Presentation
Weighting: 15%
2. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
4. Presentation
Weighting: 15%

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 Student evaluations

Feedback

Provide greater clarity for reflection criteria for the therapy manual assessment task and for definition of culture (i.e., confusion as to whether culture means Indigenous or culture more broadly).

Recommendation

Review the assessment criteria for the therapy manual task and include a specific definition of culture for this task.

Feedback from Student evaluations

Feedback

Provide guidance around priority readings each week to help students focus attention when time-poor.

Recommendation

Continue to provide students with the comprehensive e-reading list but highlight key readings to focus on each week.

Feedback from Student evaluations

Feedback

Treatment manual is a big assessment task with other competing commitments at end of term.

Recommendation

Retain the assessment task but consider aspects that can be adjusted to spread the overall workload across the term without reducing the learning impact.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate and adapt biopsychosocial models of health for person-centred and culturally responsive evidenced-based practice
  2. Demonstrate clinical skills and reflective practice in evidence-based health behaviour change interventions including motivational interviewing and relapse prevention
  3. Critically appraise and integrate recent and relevant literature into clinical practice specific to health psychology and rehabilitation in oral and written format.

These learning outcomes are intended to link with the CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology course Learning Outcome "Apply advanced knowledge of psychological, developmental, and biopsychosocial models of health, with consideration of culturally and linguistically diverse populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples" (Learning Outcome number 2).

The PSYC22002 Learning Outcomes align with the 2019 Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation guidelines for Level 4 Graduate Competencies (4.2.1.i, 4.2.1.ii, 4.2.2.i, 4.2.3.i, 4.2.3.iii,and 4.2.3.iv.), which are specific to culturally responsive biopsychosocial models of health and health rehabilitation in clinical psychology.

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
1 - Presentation - 15%
2 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
4 - Presentation - 15%

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation - 15%
2 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
4 - Presentation - 15%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Health Psychology in Australia (2017)

Authors: Dorrian, Thorsteinsson, Benedetto, Lane-Krebs, et al
Cambridge
Port Melbourne Port Melbourne , VIC , Australia
ISBN:
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare: Helping Patients Change Behaviour ()

Authors: Rollnick, Miller & Butler
Guilford press
New York New York , USA
ISBN:
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

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: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Matthew Condie Unit Coordinator
m.condie@cqu.edu.au
Claire Thompson Unit Coordinator
c.l.thompson@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1: Overview and Theories of Health Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Dr. Matthew Condie 

This week we will cover:

  • Overview of the course
  • Assessment tasks
  • Introduction to models and theories of health behaviour
  • Health Psychology research and evaluating change
  • Select topics for body systems presentation assessment to be held in-class during Week 3

Chapter

Chapters 1 - 4: Health Psychology in Australia

Additional material on Moodle in e-reading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1: Body Systems Presentation topic selection

Week 2: Indigenous Health and Cultural Responsiveness in Health Psychology Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Guest Lecturer: Leanne Field-Hanson

This week we will cover:

  • Health psychology in Indigenous Australians
  • Cultural responsiveness in health psychology - practice and professional
  • Two ways of knowing

Chapter

Chapter 13: Health Psychology in Australia

Additional material on Moodle in e-reading list

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3: Key Body Systems presentations Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Dr. Matthew Condie 

This week we will cover:

  • Key biological processes involved in health of the human body. These will be explored through in-class presentations

Chapter

Various journal articles to be provided by each student. Articles linking  particular body system with the work of a clinical psychologist. All students encouraged to read these articles to consolidate learning in these key areas. 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Task 1: In-class (Week 3) presentations on Key Body Systems. Lecture slides/notes and one key peer-reviewed article to be uploaded to Moodle by Thursday 29 July 2021 5:00 pm AEST.

Week 4: Motivational Interviewing and Medication Adherence Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Dr Matthew Condie 

This week we will cover:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Medication adherence
  • Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness

Chapter

Textbook - Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare: Helping patients change behaviour. (Rollnick, Miller & Butler) The textbook is available as an on-line resource through the CQUni library. You are encouraged to read this textbook before the Motivational Interviewing Skills workshop, which will be held during Residential Week (Week 6). This textbook will also assist you with your Motivational Interviewing Skills & Critique assessment task (Assessment 2 - due in Week 7). 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5: Health and Stress/Traumatic Stress Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Prof. Sarah Blunden

This week we will cover:

  • The physiology and health consequences of stress
  • Traumatic stress health risk behaviours within the context of maladaptive coping
  • Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness

Chapter

Chapters 7 & 8: Health Psychology in Australia

Additional material on Moodle in e-reading list


Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

No lecture this week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6: Residential School: Mental Skills for Health and Performance Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Residential Week:

  • Description of evidence-based frameworks (e.g., Self-Determination Theory, Theory of Planned Behaviour, Behaviour Change Theory) related to health and wellness
  • Application of performance based mental skills in clinical practice

Chapter

Additional sources of information available on Moodle in e-reading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Treatment Manual Part (a) and (b) due Thursday 26 August, 2021 at 5:00 pm AEST.

(a) an overview of the area of interest with specific reference to issues of aetiology and problem maintenance.

(b) aspects of therapeutic intervention must also be provided

Part (a) and Part (b) is worth 15% of the overall 40% of this Assessment Task

Week 7: Eating Disorders Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Dr. Matthew Condie

This week we will cover:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness

Chapter

Chapter 5: Health Psychology in Australia

Additional material on Moodle in e-reading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Task 2: Motivational Interviewing Skills Assessment Due

Submit Video recording  & written critique to Moodle by Thursday 2 September 2021  5:00pm AEST.


Motivational Interviewing Skills - Video Due: Week 7 Thursday (2 Sept 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 8: Cancer Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Dr. Matthew Condie

This week we will cover:

  • Cancer
  • Preventative behaviours e.g. sun safe
  • Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness

Chapter

Chapter 10: Health Psychology in Australia

Additional material on Moodle in e-reading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9: Chronic Disease Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Prof. Sarah Blunden

This week we will cover:

  • Chronic Diseases
  • Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness

Chapter

Chapters 9: Health Psychology in Australia

Additional material on Moodle in e-reading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10: Chronic Pain Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Dr. Matthew Condie

This week we will cover:

  • Physiology of Pain
  • Biopsychosocial understanding of pain
  • Management
  • Chronic pain
  • Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness

Chapter

Chapters 1: Health Psychology in Australia

Additional material on Moodle in e-reading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11: Diabetes Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Dr. Matthew Condie

This week we will cover:

  • Diabetes
  • Health risk behaviours
  • Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness

Chapter

Chapter 7 & 9 pp 219 - 227: Health Psychology in Australia

Additional material on Moodle in e-reading list

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Task 3: Treatment Manual Part (a), (b), (c) and (d) due.

Treatment Manual and Presentation slides/notes uploaded to Moodle Thursday 30 September 2021 5:00pm AEST

Week 12: Presentations of Treatment Manual Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Lecturer: Dr. Matthew Condie

In-class presentations of Treatment Manual

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Task 4: Oral Presentation of Treatment Manual

Oral Presentations in-class (Week12) 20mins (15mins presentation + 5mins Q&A)

Presentation slides/notes uploaded to Moodle Wednesday 7th Oct. 2020 12.00pm


Treatment Manual Due: Week 12 Thursday (7 Oct 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Oral presentation of Treatment Manual Due: Week 12 Thursday (7 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Presentation

Assessment Title
Key Body Systems Presentation

Task Description

Helping clients manage health conditions and change unhealthy behaviours is a key focus of health-related psychological intervention. As such, it is important for psychologists to have a basic understanding of human biological systems (e.g. heart, lungs, circulatory systems); not only how they help us to live and function but also how they can be damaged or compromised when we are sick, stressed and/or engage in unhealthy behaviours. The purpose of this assessment task is to provide an opportunity for each student to research a particular body system (from a select list of major body systems made available to students in Week 1) and share this knowledge with peers via a PowerPoint presentation in-class (Week 3). In addition, each student is required to source a recent (up to 2021 can be included) peer-reviewed journal article that examines psychological management of a specific disorder related to the particular body system you are presenting. The presentation is to include: a) an overview of the body system in focus and associated health complications, b) a brief summary of psychological disorders that may arise as a consequence of associated health complications, c) discussion of the potential role a clinical psychologist may have in the psychological management of these health related complications and disorders, and d) a brief review of the chosen article and critical appraisal of the psychological management strategy in-focus. 

NOTE: The presentations will be held during scheduled class time in Week 3, Thursday 29 July 2021; however, you are also required to upload your presentation slides/notes and chosen article to Moodle by 12.00pm Wednesday 28 July 2021. 



Assessment Due Date

Presentations will be held during scheduled class time


Return Date to Students

Week 3 Wednesday (28 July 2021)

Feedback provided via Moodle


Weighting
15%

Minimum mark or grade
50% i.e. minimum of 50 marks out of total 100 marks

Assessment Criteria

Assessment task 1: Key Body Systems Presentation is worth 15% of your overall grade for PSYC22002

The presentation will marked out of 100 and then weighted to reflect 15% of overall grade

The following marking criteria will be applied:

Review of Key Body System relating to disorder/disease chosen (40 marks):

1. Clear oral presentation of key body system to class including overview of overall key body system (what it is, purpose, major parts) and, if relevant, specific body system relevant to article and why (30 marks)

2. Quality of PowerPoint slides/presentation, well explained in easy to understand language, engaging/interesting, ability to answer questions, delivered on time (10 marks)

Discussion of article chosen on how to (psychologically) manage specific disorder related to that system (60 marks):

1. Clear and concise overview of the body system in focus and associated health complications (10 marks)

2. Summary of psychological disorders that may arise as a consequence of associated health complications (10 marks)

3. Discussion of the potential role a clinical psychologist may have in the psychological management of these health related complications and disorders (20 marks)

4. Quality of brief review of the chosen article and critical appraisal of the psychological management strategy in-focus in the article (10 marks)

5. Quality of presentation, well explained, engaging /interesting, ability to answer questions (10 marks) 


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline Online

Submission Instructions
Presentation slides/notes and chosen article to be submitted to Moodle by 12.00pm Wednesday 29th July 2020

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critically appraise and integrate recent and relevant literature into clinical practice specific to health psychology and rehabilitation in oral and written format.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research

2 Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)

Assessment Title
Motivational Interviewing Skills - Video

Task Description

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a key competency clinical psychologists can utilise as an effective evidenced-based intervention when working within the domain of health psychology. The central tenet of MI is to help clients identify and resolve underlying ambivalence about behaviour change. Importantly, MI is client-centred and focuses on eliciting a client's internal motivation for change. For this assessment task students will be required to submit a 20 minute video recording (upload to Moodle) demonstrating MI skills (see marking criteria below) and adherence to the four guiding principles of MI (i.e. RULE - Resist, Understand, Listen, Empower). The student will adopt the role of therapist and a fellow class-peer will adopt the role of client. Students will also be required to submit a critique of their video (max 1000 words), which identifies BOTH: a) aspects you did well - including how and why you know these aspects were a strength; and b) aspects that have room for improvement - including how and why you know these aspects are areas for improvement.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Thursday (2 Sept 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

Upload video recording and written critique to Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Thursday (16 Sept 2021)

Audio feedback through Moodle


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50% i.e. minimum of 50 marks out of total 100 marks

Assessment Criteria

Assessment task 2: Motivational Interviewing Skills is worth 30% of your overall grade for PSYC22002.

The assessment task will marked out of 100 and then weighted to reflect 30% of overall grade.

The following marking criteria will be applied:

MI Skills - Video demonstration (80 marks)

1. Rapport building including OARS (10 marks)

2. Setting Agenda (10 marks)

3. Assess readiness for change (10 marks)

4. Importance - ambivalence (10 marks)

5. Confidence (10 marks)

6. Management of resistance (10 marks)

7. Evoke hop and change talk (10 marks)

8. Establish goals (10 marks)

Written critique (20 marks)

1. Strengths: identify (5 marks)

2. Strengths: how/why (5 marks)

3. Areas for improvement: identify (5 marks)

4. Areas for Improvement: how/why (5 marks)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit video recording AND written critique to Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate clinical skills and reflective practice in evidence-based health behaviour change interventions including motivational interviewing and relapse prevention


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Treatment Manual

Task Description

Students are required to choose an area of health psychology and develop an information and treatment manual appropriate for use by a clinical psychologist.

PART A: Students will be required to choose an area of health psychology and develop an information and treatment manual appropriate for use by a clinical psychologist. The treatment manual will include the following information: a) an overview of the area of interest with specific reference to issues of aetiology and problem maintenance; b) aspects of therapeutic intervention must also be provided.

Please refer to Moodle for additional resources, rubric and examples for formatting.

Part (a) and (b) will be worth 15% of the overall grade. This assessment will be due Thursday 26 August 2021, 5:00 pm AEST.

PART B: The full treatment manual should include the following information: a) an overview of the area of interest with specific reference to issues of aetiology and problem maintenance; b) aspects of therapeutic intervention must also be provided; c) a rationale for the treatment protocol must be presented with discussion of potential treatment problems and solutions; and d) therapist tools and support information should also be included. Each of a) - d) must be supported by recent, relevant, peer-reviewed literature. You will include your part (a) and (b) with suggested feedback and considerations as part of your completed Treatment Manual

Suggested formats for treatment manual will be discussed in class during Week 1. This piece of work should not exceed 5000 words in length (not including references or title page).

Part (a) (b), (c) & (d) will be worth 25% of the overall grade. This assessment will be due Thursday 7 October 2021, 5:00 pm AEST.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Thursday (7 Oct 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

Submit to Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Thursday (9 Sept 2021)

Feedback via Moodle


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50% i.e. minimum of 50 marks out of total 100 marks

Assessment Criteria

This section of the treatment manual is worth 15% of the overall grade for PSYC22002.

Part (a) & (b) will be marked out of 100 and then weighted to reflect 15% of your overall grade.

The following marking criteria will be applied:

1. Effective use of evidence based therapy plan which is supported by current research (40 marks)

2. Inclusion and overview of the area of interest with reference to the literature and including issues of aetiology and problem maintenance (40 marks)

3. Effective and appropriate use of APA 7th formatting and referencing, spelling, grammar (20 marks)

This section of the treatment manual is worth 15% of the overall grade for PSYC22002.


Part (a) , (b), (c) & (d) will be marked out of 100 and then weighted to reflect 25% of your overall grade.

The following marking criteria will be applied:

1. Effective use of evidence based therapy plan which is supported by current research (15 marks)

2. Inclusion and overview of the area of interest with reference to the literature and including issues of aetiology and problem maintenance (20 marks)

3. Rationale for the treatment protocol was presented with discussion (literature based) of potential treatment problems and solutions (20 marks)

4. Therapist tools and support information should also be included (i.e. information and treatment manual is appropriate for use by a clinical psychologist and relevant to targeted population/area of interest. (20 marks)

5. Evidence of meaningful consideration of cultural sensitivity and responsiveness (15 marks)

6. Effective and appropriate use of APA 7th formatting and referencing, spelling, grammar (10 marks)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit to Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critically evaluate and adapt biopsychosocial models of health for person-centred and culturally responsive evidenced-based practice
  • Critically appraise and integrate recent and relevant literature into clinical practice specific to health psychology and rehabilitation in oral and written format.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management

4 Presentation

Assessment Title
Oral presentation of Treatment Manual

Task Description

Students will also deliver a 20-minute oral presentation (15 minutes presentation + 5 minutes Question & Answer) during scheduled class-time in Week 12 that includes: a) a brief overview of the manual (including audience orientation to chosen area of health psychology); b) self-reflection on manual development process e.g. rationale for choosing this therapeutic approach and steps undertaken to guide development; and c) discussion of cultural responsiveness considerations associated with treatment plan. A key outcome of the presentation is to demonstrate competency in dissemination of psychological knowledge in an engaging manner - including generation of audience participation during Q&A. Presentation slides/notes are to be uploaded to Moodle Thursday 7 October 2021 5:00pm AEST. This is to ensure that the unit coordinator and class-peers have sufficient time to download and review prior to the presentation.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Thursday (7 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Presentations conducted during scheduled class Week 12 Thursday 9am - 12pm


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Thursday (21 Oct 2021)

Feedback via Moodle


Weighting
15%

Minimum mark or grade
50% i.e. minimum of 50 marks out of total 100 marks

Assessment Criteria

The oral presentation of your treatment manual is worth 15% of your overall grade for PSYC22002.

The assessment will be marked out of 15 and this will reflect 15% of overall grade.

The following marking criteria will be applied:

1. Reflection, and cultural sensitivity and responsiveness considerations (5 marks)

2. Quality of PowerPoint slides/presentation, well explained, engaging /interesting, ability to answer questions (5 marks)

3. Oral presentation was internalised and student did not overly rely on written notes; presentation was delivered within time limits (5 marks)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Presentation slides and notes uploaded to Moodle (Presentation delivered during class)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critically evaluate and adapt biopsychosocial models of health for person-centred and culturally responsive evidenced-based practice
  • Demonstrate clinical skills and reflective practice in evidence-based health behaviour change interventions including motivational interviewing and relapse prevention


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Leadership

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.

What can you do to act with integrity?