CHIR20019 - Social Perspectives of Health

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Mackay
Online
Sydney
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 0%
2. Written Assessment 0%
3. Presentation 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

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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.

Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Should be in Bachelors, not Masters
Recommendation
Much of the content should be in the Bachelors and some of the content delivered was adjusted because of the fact that students were not exposed to it in the Bachelors. This resulted in some necessary changes to content to ensure understanding of the topics to be discussed. It is recommended that some of the content be included within the Bachelors degree, thereby enabling more complex discussions within this unit.
Action Taken
The chiropractic staff have recently completed a curriculum review of CB77, it will now encompass some of this content. In addition, CHIR20019, has a new unit coordinator this year and the content will be reworked to ensure it is engaging for Masters level students.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The weekly moodle content did not follow the weekly tasks
Recommendation
This was due to the fact that it was the first time the subject had been run and required external collaboration with industry. Unfortunately, relying on external providers who did not always come through on time, resulted in alterations to the weekly content. This should be corrected for the next cohort as many recording will have already been done reducing the potential for problems in the future.
Action Taken
The new unit coordinator has been made of aware of the challenges associated with the weekly tasks and has created a schedule to ensure that moodle and the weekly tasks are synchronised.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
It would have been useful to submit weekly reflections onto a discussion board which allowed everyone to read each others reflections so that we could read about other points of view.
Recommendation
This is a really good idea and I will investigate how to do this, although it may have to be a voluntary exercise. I will need to seek advice from L&T experts.
Action Taken
This was undertaken and provided opportunity for cross-campus engagement and also peer to peer learning opportunities.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Increase student discussion around submitted topics.
Recommendation
This is a good idea and weekly tutorial/group discussion sessions may be able to be introduced or the discussion forum could be utilised more to enable this type of learning enhancement.
Action Taken
This was undertaken in conjunction with the item above. Students were provided with a weekly forum that they were required to post their own piece and also comment on others which allowed for different perspectives and deeper discussions to occur.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Many students felt that more consistent feedback would have benefited their learning experience
Recommendation
The new unit coordinator will ensure that feedback is provided for assessment tasks in a meaningful way.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Many students felt that the flow of content could have been improved to ensure relevance to the profession.
Recommendation
The discipline will review the flow of content in this unit to ensure the next offering provides an authentic and contextually relevant learning experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Many students would have preferred more meaningful and career relevant assessment tasks.
Recommendation
The discipline will review the assessment tasks to ensure that in the next offering they are meaningful and relevant for academic growth.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Provide a balanced judgement of philosophical drivers and scientific rationale in health care decision making
  2. Make informed decisions in 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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation