ENVH11001 - Health and the Environment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

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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 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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25.93% response rate.

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: Unit evaluation feedback
Students appreciated co-teaching by lecturers.
Maintain the co-teaching of the unit. This feedback reflects how the majority of students appreciated the teaching approach and delivery.
Action Taken
Review the teaching approach on an annual basis.
Source: Course review committee
Create new assessment tasks/topics to comply with Learning and Teaching policy.
Develop new case studies on an annual basis.
Action Taken
Keep all study materials up to date.
Source: Evaluation feedback
Maybe a little too much material to read.
Review the suitability of study resources on an annual basis.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment