PBHL20010 - Working and Learning in Cross-cultural Communities B

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Working and learning in Cross-cultural Communities B is the second of two units undertaken across two terms. In this unit you will undertake an unpaid work placement of 120 hours to allow you to develop the relationships, skills and knowledge necessary to effectively work in a cross-cultural context. These relate to developing effective working relationships with colleagues in an organisation or community, developing partnerships that promote the co-generation of knowledge within these organisations of communities, and to be able to effectively co-plan and evaluate your own learning. You will be supported throughout your work placement and will be encouraged to deepen your reflexivity by examining your own assumptions and behaviours that could influence workplace relations and productivity.


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


PBHL20009 Working and Learning in Cross-cultural Communities A

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 3 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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. 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25.93% 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.
The scenario was interesting and fun.
The scenario was introduced right before term 2, 2020 began to balance restrictions that made student placement impossible. It will be maintained, however, as students really enjoyed it.
Action Taken
Scenario maintained, with a new problem and topic. Students commented on how interesting this activity is.
Source: Student feedback.
More international examples would be useful.
Because the vast majority of enrolment in this unit has been international students, it was designed to familiarise them with the Australian context of Public Health practice. However, where relevant, more international contrasts will be added, as are used in the earlier units in the sequence.
Action Taken
Additional international content is included in class discussion, allowing students to draw on some of the previous experiences.
Source: Unit Coordinator's observation
The importance of preparation for class by reading the material and looking at the study questions is not appreciated by many students.
Discuss the importance of preparation at the beginning of the term and refer students to the section of the study guide that outlines this. Remind students periodically during the term that they need to read and prepare for class, whether online or face to face.
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
1 - Case Study
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment