PBHL20009 - Health and Wellbeing in the Cross-Cultural Community

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will develop your understanding of health and wellbeing issues that affect specific subpopulations in the context of cross-cultural communities. This knowledge will support effective working relationships with colleagues in an organisation or community, developing partnerships that promote the co-generation of knowledge within these organisations or communities and allow you to work effectively as a Public Health practitioner. The focus of the unit is on understanding Australia's cultural context and the collaborative nature of Public Health practice that involves communities, health and non-health organisations, and practitioners from a range of disciplines.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
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 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 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. Case Study 50%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 88.89% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 52.94% 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: Verbal feedback from students.
Assessment feedback deals with assessments as separate self-contained tasks, in contrast with unit's aim of illuminating connections.
Assessment feedback will be adjusted in future terms to connect the two assessments, case studies, and other unit content more explicitly.
Action Taken
The two assessments used entirely new rubrics and instructions, consistent not only with this priority but also with the new interconnection with PBHL20010 assessment.
Source: Lecturer reflection, discussion with students.
Supplementary material (articles, etc) are still mainly from the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic and may soon be out of date; some also have focus on countries other than Australia, whose current situation may have changed and also may be less relevant to Australia.
The supplementary material is likely to retain a focus on COVID-19, as it provides a unique opportunity for students to observe the unit's principles and concepts in real time. However, it will be reviewed and, where appropriate, updated with more recent content, with focus on both the Australian and global contexts.
Action Taken
The supplementary material was updated for this term with a significant amount of more recent material, and older material which has become less relevant was removed. This will be an ongoing process each term the unit is offered.
Source: Informal discussion with students.
Students required additional support for the case study assignment, which continues into PBHL20010.
In future terms, students will be provided with a case study handbook, covering both procedures and content, to use in PBHL20009 and PBHL20010.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop effective working relationships within a cross-cultural organisation or community
  2. Work effectively in partnerships with other members of the cross-cultural team to promote the co-generation of knowledge
  3. Co-plan and evaluate own learning outcomes relevant to working in a cross-cultural context
  4. Critically reflect on own assumptions and behaviours that contribute to effective partnership building in cross-cultural contexts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Case Study
2 - 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