NURS20150 - Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Mental health nursing has evolved over many centuries and has continued to be influenced by socio-politcial factors. This unit challenges you to explore the historical, traditional and contemporary discourses shaping mental health nursing practice. You will examine the experiences of marginalised groups within these services. Social, biological and cultural influences of mental health will also be explored. You will have the opportunity to apply theoretical understandings to reflect on and better understand the mental health nursing role across various contexts.

Details

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).

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 1 - 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. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%
3. Portfolio 0%

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

To view Past Exams, please login
Previous Feedback

No previous feedback available

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: self reflection
Feedback
(i) Self evaluation
Recommendation
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
The unit was reviewed and updated prior to opening to students in Term 1.
Source: DDLT
Feedback
(ii) Staff feedback
Recommendation
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
Students were contacted throughout the term if there was a lack of engagement. This appears to have improved engagement in this area.
Source: Survey feedback
Feedback
(iii) Student feedback
Recommendation
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
Links continue to need review to ensure they are current. The difficulties with the EBSCO links have been rectified.
Source: Industry
Feedback
(iv) Broader feedback
Recommendation
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
Industry continues to support the content of this unit.
Source: Student Survey
Feedback
The Mahara portfolio is difficult to navigate.
Recommendation
Explore alternative options to improve the portfolio experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Survey
Feedback
The portfolio was confusing.
Recommendation
Review the information offered to students on portfolio development and simplify. Develop a more user-friendly approach to describing portfolio requirements.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Feedback from students in portfolio development sessions.
Feedback
The portfolio created good opportunities.
Recommendation
Continue with the portfolio.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Observation from Coordinator.
Feedback
The learning outcomes and graduate abilities section of the portfolio covers too many areas.
Recommendation
Review learning outcomes mapping and create a unit change proposal to change learning outcomes demonstrated through portfolio.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explore the historical, traditional and contemporary mental health narratives and discourses that shape the evolution of mental health services and nursing
  2. Examine the historical and ongoing impact of discriminatory practices on marginalised groups within mental health services
  3. Apply an ecological model to explore factors that contribute towards mental well being and mental disorders
  4. Compare and contrast different mental health nursing practice models
  5. Apply mental health and mental health nursing theories to inform practice.

Not currently accredited

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio