PBHL20008 - Engaging with Cross-cultural Communities

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Volunteering in cross-cultural communities is an experience many adults seek out to broaden their personal and professional perspectives. In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to undertake a volunteer experience in a cross-cultural context. These experiences include being able to initiate and maintain cross-cultural relationships and to reflect deeply on your own actions, assumptions and worldviews that influence these relationships. You will explore the benefits and challenges of volunteering in cross-cultural communities and organisations and develop skills in the co-generation of knowledge through working closely with others. This unit requires you to undertake a minimum of 25 hours volunteering with a community organisation that will provide you with an opportunity to work with people from a cultural context different to your own.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 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. Group Work 40%
2. Case Study 30%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 30%

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), 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: Student feedback.
Placement: 1) If there were assistance with placement from the university, it would enhance student learning. 2) In this unit as most of the students are international, it would be beneficial if the university could find placements for students.
The possibility that this issue will be ongoing is high because of limitations in finding volunteer placements. Therefore, some viable alternatives to assess students to achieve the same kind of skills must be developed. It is recommended that the option for the volunteer placement remain but a work place scenario assignment be provided for students to develop their skills in designing health promotion projects. This recommendation is to be implemented in Term 1, 2021.
Action Taken
This recommendation was implemented by developing a workplace scenario assessment task to assess required knowledge and skills.
Source: Student feedback.
Assessment due date: 1) I wish you improve the timing of assessment because some of the assessments are due on the same date as the other units.
Assessment due dates will be mapped out in consultation with the other Unit Coordinators in the MPH Course to ensure assignments are not due on the same day.
Action Taken
All unit coordinators of the MPH course met together to undertake mapping of assessment deadlines and adjustments were made where possible to help students manage their time accordingly.
Source: Unit coordinator's observation.
Students engage well with material that relates to personal and professional experiences they may have had.
Encourage greater student reflection on personal experience, add more discussion opportunities in the class by offering relevant case studies and embed critical reflective questions in assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Initiate and maintain effective cross-cultural relationships within the community
  2. Evaluate the benefits and challenges of volunteering in cross-cultural communities
  3. Evaluate the benefits and challenges of co-generation of knowledge within a cross-cultural context
  4. Critically reflect on own experiences of volunteering in cross-cultural communities.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Work
2 - Case Study
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8