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NURS20150 - Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit challenges you to explore the historical, social and political contexts that has shaped and continues to influence mental health practice and the theories that help to understand mental health practice. You will be required to reflect on your values underpinning your role and engage in critical debate about issues confronting the mental health consumer. If you have successfully completed the unit NURS21166 you should not enrol in this unit.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
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 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
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 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. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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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 evaluations
Students enjoyed the one on one sessions with the Unit Coordinator
Continue one-on-one sessions
Action Taken
1:1 supervision sessions offered with only n=2 students engaging in sessions in term
Source: Emails and evaluations
Students found the unit of interest and relevant to mental health nursing
Ensure the unit remains relevant to clinical practice
Action Taken
Unit content was left intact with previous offering
Source: self reflection
(i) Self evaluation
Maintaining the consistency and integrity of the previous unit coordinator's work in constructing the unit was important. Pre-existing resources and alignment of assessments to learning outcomes was achieved through minor edits to reflect updates or additional resources and/or to match my facilitation style. Consistent use of approved Moodle icons helped to standardise the Moodle site. In my reflection of the unit, student engagement through forums was nominal and likely due to differing adult learning styles and priorities. Attempts were made to introduce clinical supervision as a resource/support for students which unfortunately had very little uptake or response.
Action Taken
Source: DDLT
(ii) Staff feedback
Consultation was sought in relation to a significant number of non-submitting students, options offered to students to promote use of student support services and engagement. Unfortunately, despite contact and support efforts, n=6 students or 26% of students did not submit their assessment items for grading.
Action Taken
Source: Survey feedback
(iii) Student feedback
Based on the responses, students were pleased with the range and depth of the resources utilised, the delivery of the unit, and the appropriate turnaround times for assessments. Suggestions for improvement related to Moodle Navigation of resources. An issue had arisen during the start of term with EBSCO links being broken; Students were encouraged to contact the Library to activate EBSCO account which was recently updated and required a log-in.
Action Taken
Source: Industry
(iv) Broader feedback
Industry contacts indicated their support for this unit that provided a strong historical perspective coupled to emphasis on the mental health nursing role in the clinical setting and global context.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the historical social and political context that shaped the development of mental health servies and practice.
  2. Analyse the commonalities and differences between the Australian and global contemporary practice contexts.
  3. Evaluate theories relevant to mental health care.
  4. Examine diverse mental health practice contexts and their evidence based interventions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment