This unit will prepare you for rural practice by providing an overview of rural Australia and its socio-cultural environment. Guided by a sociological perspective, you will gain an understanding of contemporary rural Australia and rural communities, and the social structures and cultural factors that influence them. The social determinants of health for rural populations will be examined and compared with those of metropolitan areas. The health inequalities and rural 'disadvantage' will be critically examined and you will investigate the challenges in accessing health care and health professionals, social determinants, risk behaviours and occupational factors. You will learn about the meaning of ‘rurality’ and the implications of ‘rurality’ for the health of different social groups. You will be prepared for rural practice through developing an understanding of your role as professionals, and of rural health issues, including the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. While the focus of this unit is rural Australia, it would be of particular interest to those planning to live and work in rural and remote Australia; including social workers, human services practitioners, community development officers, nurses, paramedics and teachers.
|Student Contribution Band||SCA Band 4|
|Fraction of Full-Time Student Load||0.125|
|Pre-requisites or Co-requisites||
Completion of 24 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).
|Class Timetable||View Unit Timetable|
|Residential School||No Residential School|
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).
Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.
|1. Written Assessment||30%|
|2. Online Quiz(zes)||20%|
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%).
All University policies are available on the Policy web site, however you may wish to directly view the following policies below.
This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of policies are available on the Policy web site .
Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25.58% response rate.
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.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
|Assessment Tasks||Learning Outcomes|
|1 - Written Assessment||•|
|2 - Online Quiz(zes)||•||•||•|
|3 - Portfolio||•||•||•|
|Graduate Attributes||Learning Outcomes|
|1 - Communication||•||•||•||•|
|3 - Critical Thinking||•||•||•||•|
|6 - Information Technology Competence||•||•||•||•|
|7 - Cross Cultural Competence||•||•|
|8 - Ethical practice||•|
|Assessment Tasks||Graduate Attributes|