PBHL13003 - Public Health in Practice A

General Information

Unit Synopsis

We strongly believe that a Public Health degree should include genuine work experience in a public health workplace setting. In addition to meeting unit requirements, the skills and experiences you gain throughout this Unit will assist with developing professional networks and further your career opportunities. You will undertake a structured period of industry placement (240 hours) as part of this Unit. This will be specifically designed and contractually agreed upon with the University and industry partner. The placement will enable you to apply your knowledge of public health program planning and evaluation, whilst developing an understanding of the professional requirements of working as a public health, health promotion, public health nutrition or environmental health specialist.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

96 credit points

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 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Professional Practice Plans (learning plans) 0%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 30%
4. Written Assessment 0%
5. Project (applied) 40%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 75.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 44.44% 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: Reflection and SUTE
The flexible way in which students can complete their practicum means that some still find negotiating the requirements for the unit challenging.
Lecturers should continue to work one-to-one with students to assist them in negotiating practicum and completing assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Lecturers and the WIL team have continued to work one-on-one with students to negotiate practicum and assessment requirements.
Source: Reflection and SUTE
Requirements for the different cohorts (health promotion, nutrition and environmental health) have caused some confusion at times.
Make changes to assessment to better align tasks for each cohort.
Action Taken
Assessment tasks have been aligned so that all student complete essentially the same tasks, with some modification to make them relevant to the different professions.
Source: Student feedback, discussion with participating academics, personal reflection
Some difficulties arose in relation to the outbound mobility project in Cambodia in January 2023.
No trip to be organised for 2024. Activity to be reconsidered for January 2025 but only with close negotiation with third party provider. Consider recommending the Live In Labs opportunity at Amrita University in India as an alternative.
Action Taken
Source: Interaction with WIL team, personal reflection
There have been some minor glitches in integrating the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team and SONIA into the Public Health Practicum.
Continue to liaise with the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team to smooth progress for students in negotiating practicum.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to undertake a Public Health project
  2. Negotiate and manage a placement experience through the use of a self-directed learning plan
  3. Identify, analyse and discuss current and emerging issues relating to working within the field of Public Health
  4. Apply problem-solving techniques and strategies to a Public Health Project
  5. Critically reflect on learning associated with placement experience.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Professional Practice Plans (learning plans)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Project (applied)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
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 10