HLTH12032 - Community Assets and Needs Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

At a global level, there are rising demands for health care, limited resources and increasing inequalities in health. Community health assets and needs assessments have a vital part to play, enabling practitioners, managers and policy-makers to identify those in greatest need; the physical, economic, social and cultural assets available within the community; and to ensure that health care resources are used to maximise health improvement. For health promotion practitioners, the ability to conduct a community health assessment is a core skill. You will be introduced to the different types of community assets and needs assessments that can be undertaken with local communities. You will examine the history and role of community assets and needs assessments and review a range of methods that can be used to implement and evaluate assets and needs assessments in local communities. You will have the opportunity to complete a community profile and also undertake a community assets and needs assessment.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile

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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Group Discussion 20%
3. Group Work 50%

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%).

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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
Students continue to find groupwork challenging.
Undertake a review of the of the groupwork assessment and consider incorporating a residential component from 2018, that will support students to form groups, build rapport, and undertake initial planning for their group work.
Action Taken
Whilst a residential component will not be included, students will be allocated to groups earlier in the term and activities to build group cohesion will be programmed earlier in the term.
Source: Personal reflection
The unit currently has a deficit approach to community assessment.
Consideration will be given to unit content to reflect a stronger focus on asset assessment.
Action Taken
Reviewed and amended.
Source: Health Promotion Teaching Team
Accreditation for Health Promotion requires the refinement of this unit.
Unit's learning outcomes should be be revised.
Action Taken
Reviewed and amended.
Source: Student emails and phone calls.
Residential school is problematic for students due to cost and time away from work/family. For non public health students who already have a large number of residential schools in their course this makes the unit no longer a good option for an elective.
Remove the residential component, and utilise online methods for delivering the learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Argue the importance of community assets and needs assessment as the foundation of effective health promotion.
  2. Analyse how determinants of health are incorporated into community assets and needs assessments.
  3. Determine how various health promotion theories and frameworks influence different sources of information in community assets and needs assessments.
  4. Apply culturally appropriate methods and models to assess the assets and needs of a community and facilitate knowledge transfer and advocacy
  5. Discuss facilitation and collaboration processes used to analyse and prioritise the information gathered from community assets and needs assessments.
  6. Explain how ethical considerations are applied in a community assets and needs assessment context

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Group Work