PBHL13004 - Public Health in Practice B

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This is half of a two term unit (see PBHL13003).


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Must have completed 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 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

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

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 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.57% 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: Teaching reflection. Student meetings.
Some students faced difficulty finding appropriate practicums.
Hold a Zoom seminar for all students expecting to undertake the practicum (PBHL13003) in 2022 in early 2022; focusing on expectations and strategies to find an appropriate workplace. (e.g. auditing skills, developing a CV, networking). Promote the availability of placements to professional networks (particularly Public Health Nutrition) and other universities. Ensure that students have undertaken appropriate prerequisites prior to enrolling (PBHL12002: Public Health Interventions).
Action Taken
This Zoom session was held, but not well attended. A recording was made available to students who were not able to participate. Students were notably more engaged in organising their practicum places than in previous years.
Source: Self reflection. Student meetings.
The flexibility of timelines for the practicum and for assessment requirements confuses some students.
Offer two Zoom drop in sessions on the practicum (at the beginning of the term and in the middle of the term) to answer student questions. Redesign the Moodle site into modules that clearly outline expectations for assessment and practicum hours and tasks. Develop a Frequently Asked Questions page for the Moodle site.
Action Taken
As above, Zoom sessions were held, but were not well attended. The Moodle site was updated but more work will continue for the next offering in 2023.
Source: Verbal feedback. Student feedback.
Assessment Four for Health Promotion and Public Health Nutrition students is a reflection and is a bit repetitive of Assessment 3: Professional diary, which also includes reflection.
Redesign Assessment task 4 for Health Promotion and Public Health Nutrition students to focus on career planning.
Action Taken
This task was redesigned and implemented in 2022.
Source: Reflection and discussion between lecturing staff.
More support is necessary for students involved in outbound mobility projects.
Develop Moodle module for these students, addressing skills in needs assessment and cross-cultural awareness.
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