NURSING 6205 - Mental Health
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 6205 Course Mental Health Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Weekly online tutorials Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to GradDipAdd&MentalHlth and MNursSc students only Course Description This course will examine the fundamentals of mental illness (depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder etc.), and causes (biochemical, neurological, behavioural, developmental, genetic, social etc.), treatments (pharmacological, psychological, spiritual) and health care models (shared care, acute inpatient, outpatient, public health, community and recovery approaches) which are regarded as current best practice.The course will also examine mental health from the perspective of national, state and local government levels.
Course Coordinator: Dr Robert Laing
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate an understanding of mental health legislation and organisational policies and guidelines relevant to mental health practice. 2 Recognise the features of a range of mental disorders and be able to classify them in accordance with recommended classification systems. 3 Describe the range of interventions including psychosocial and pharmacological approaches in mental health care 4 Discuss the complexities of service responses across sectors 5 Formulate assessment and service responses to complex presentations utilising an interdisciplinary approach 6 Understand the implications for diverse client characteristics including values, beliefs, age and cultural background 7 Integrate the principles of recovery approach in responding to clients 8 Compare and contrast models of interventions 9 Demonstrate the ability to research and utilise the latest evidence
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3,4,5,6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4,6,7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesPRESCRIBED TEXTS
Meadows, G, Farhall, J, Fossey, E, Happell, B, McDermott, F & Rosenberg, S 2021, Mental health and collaborative community
practice: An Australian perspective, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
Please note: it is your responsibility to organise printing should you prefer a hard copy of the reader.
Recommended ResourcesEvans,K, Nizette,D and O'Brien, A 2017, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 4th edition, Elsevier, Australia
Bullock, S & Manias, E 2017, Fundamentals of Pharmacology, 8th edn, Pearson, Australia
Corey,G 2017, Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 10th edition, Cengage Learning, Australia
Online LearningVirtual Classroom
The virtual classroom (VC) technology will be used for lectures and tutorial discussions on a weekly basis during this semester. Some information on the VC will be provided in the Study Guide, you need to familiarise yourself with this technology to become reasonably comfortable with using it prior to the start of the semester.
Each week a one hour tutorial will be conducted via the Virtual Classroom. All students are expected to log on and participate. The tutorial will address the week’s readings, activities and provide a forum for discussion between students on their experiences related to their studies.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is in the format of self-directed learning. You will be provided with a series of topics in the course and you will address these topics through readings and activities. Interactive activities have been designed to test and consolidate your knowledge and to assist in developing skills to critique the literature reviewed. Each topic has been designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of mental health.
Throughout this study guide you will encounter activities which will give a greater understanding of the particular topic and its application to Mental Health. These activities will make up part of the assessment for Mental Health
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Mental Health is a 6 unit course within the Graduate Diploma of Addiction and Mental Health. The Virtual Classroom tutorial is one hour in length and it is expected that your own private learning and completion of activities will be in the order of 24 hours per week.
Learning Activities SummaryThe course content will include the following:
- Overview of mental health legislation and policy directions
- Introduction to the major frameworks within mental health practice, such as the Recovery Model and consumer involvement.
- The basis of therapeutic relationship, including working within professional boundaries and participation in clinical supervision.
- Comprehensive assessment in mental health practice
- Understanding diagnostic classification systems relevant to mental health
- Contemporary approaches to intervention including psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic approaches
- Overview of mental health and mental illness across the lifespan
- Cross cultural perspectives and considerations in mental health practice.
- Description of the contexts and organisation of mental health services and cross sector collaborations
Specific Course RequirementsThere are no requirements for clinical placement for this course
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Online Quiz Fomative NGP 1, 3 Portfolio Activities Formative/Summative 60% All Presentation Summative 40% All
Assessment DetailAssessment 1
An online Quiz will be provided on MyUni.
This assessment is formative. It will have no marks assigned, however it will be marked and feedback will be provided to assist you in developing skills for future assessments.
Length – N/A Weighting – Non Graded Pass Due - Week 3
Presentation & Briefing paper
You will be required to develop and deliver a short presentation to your fellow students via the Online Classroom. These will be scheduled from Week 3 - 12
The topic of the presentation will be selected from content relevant to this course in negotiation with the Course co ordinator. A briefing paper is to be submitted to the co ordinator prior to your presentation.
Length 3000 word equivalent Weighting : 40% Due Week 3 - 12
Portfolio Activities are included in the Study Guide from Week 3 – Week 12. You are required to complete these activities each week and submit as assessment in two parts Part A in Week 6 and Part B in week 13.
Some activities will require completion through participation in online tutorials through the Semester.
Length – 4500 words Weighting 60% Due Week 6 & 12
SubmissionAssessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via Assignments in MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/.
An assessment submitted via MyUni must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file. If submitting a PowerPoint presentation for marking, the .ppt or .pptx must be submitted as .pdf file. It is also important to submit your file under your name, such as surname.firstname. MyUni stamps all the other details against your filename once you submit your assessment.
Information on avoiding Plagiarism is available at www.adelaide.edu.au/clpd/plagiarism/.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
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Students are reminded that plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty constitute a serious offence and can result in disciplinary procedures. Students are advised to read the policy Academic Honesty and Assessment Obligations for Coursework Students Policy & Coursework Students: Academic Dishonesty Procedures policy, available at www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/230/. The following definitions should be noted.
Referencing: providing a full bibliographic reference to the source of the citation (in a style as determined by the School).
Quotation: placing an excerpt from an original source into a paper using either quotation marks or indentation, with the source cited, using an approved referencing system in order to give credit to the original author.
Paraphrasing: repeating a section of text using different words which retain the original meaning.
Please note: changing just a few words does not constitute paraphrasing.
Structure and Presentation 20% Structure (15%)
• Each section of the portfolio is structured in a logical sequence so that the content flows (headings may be used to develop the structure of the portfolio).
• Where appropriate introduces/outlines/situates the activity/discussion.
• Where appropriate each section of the portfolio ends with a cogent, defendable conclusion that summarises the discussion within the body of the paper.
Writing Style (5%)
• The portfolio is written with clear sentence structure and the spelling and grammar are correct.
Content 70% • Demonstrates an understanding of the activities/discussions chosen by identifying the main components/issues/focus of the topic area.
• Provides evidence of support from contemporary literature to support argument/points of view.
• Where appropriate for the activity demonstrates critical thought.
• Has completed all activities/ discussion points.
Referencing 10% • The referencing style used throughout the summary paper is congruent with the School’s Student Handbook and Style Guide.
• The reference list is accurate (i.e. no missing page numbers, volumes, correct title etc), complete (i.e. no references in the body of the paper are missing from the reference list) and consistent with the School’s Student Handbook and Style Guide.
• The references cited are contemporary (i.e. less than 10 years old unless seminal papers).
• Primary references are used predominantly (i.e. the original reference has been cited rather than a secondary source).
• There is evidence in the summary paper that the student has searched widely for information related to the topic/issue.
• The student has acknowledged all sources of information.
• Direct quotations are only used to make crucial points or to support the discussion/argument.
Structure and Writing Style 20% Structure (15%)
• Introduces the topic of the presentation
• The briefing paper is structured in a logical sequence so that the content flows (headings may be used to develop the structure)
• The paper ends with a brief cogent, defendable conclusion that summarises the discussion within the body
Writing style (5%)
• The paper is written with clear sentence structure and the spelling and grammar are correct
Content 70% • The briefing paper summarises the topic/issue adequately
• The content has clear links to contemporary nursing theory and clinical practice
Referencing 10% • the referencing style used throughout the paper is congruent with the Discipline’s Student Handbook and Style Guide
• the reference list is accurate (i.e. no missing page numbers, volumes, correct title, etc.), complete (i.e. no references in the body of the paper are missing from the reference list) and consistent with Discipline’s Student Handbook and Style Guide
• the references cited are contemporary (i.e. less than 10 years old unless seminal papers)
• primary references are used predominantly (i.e. the original reference has been cited rather than a secondary source)
• there is evidence in the paper that the student has searched widely for information related to the topic/issue
• the student has acknowledged all sources of information
• Direct quotations are only used to make crucial points or to support the discussion/argument.
Structure 25% • Introduces the topic and states aims of the presentation.
• Clearly describes the way in which the presentation will proceed
• The presentation is structured in a logical sequence so that the content flows.
• The presentation ends with a brief cogent, defendable conclusion that summarises the discussion within the presentation.
• The time for the presentation is managed well, allowing adequate time for questions/debate at the conclusion of the presentation.
Content and Critical Analysis 60% Content (30%)
• The presentation has covered the topic sufficiently.
• The presentation content has clear links to contemporary theory and practice.
• The student's presentation demonstrates a depth of understanding of the topic and associated significant issues.
Critical analysis (30%)
• The presentation demonstrates a high degree of critical thought and insight by:
• providing justification/rationale for the discussion
• demonstrating they have reflected on the complex issues surrounding the topic
• discussing the topic from differing perspectives, thereby providing a balanced discussion
Discussion and Presentation Style 15% • Material is presented in an interesting manner.
• The student uses learning resources appropriately.
• The group's interest is maintained by the student.
• The student:
• is audible
• responds to questions in an appropriate fashion
• leads an interactive discussion that challenges the group to issues related to their nursing practice
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