NURSING 2009 - Community and Primary Health Care

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course will enable students to develop a deeper understanding of community and primary health care by exploring the core concepts of primary, community and nursing care. The course will identify factors associated with the health of communities, examine the current structures of community care in Australia and enable students to develop skills in designing and implementing primary health care strategy. The challenges facing rural and remote health are explored in detail.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 2009
    Course Community and Primary Health Care
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only
    Course Description This course will enable students to develop a deeper understanding of community and primary health care by exploring the core concepts of primary, community and nursing care. The course will identify factors associated with the health of communities, examine the current structures of community care in Australia and enable students to develop skills in designing and implementing primary health care strategy. The challenges facing rural and remote health are explored in detail.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Jan Alderman

    Course Coordinator: Jan Alderman
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6285
    Location: Adelaide Nursing School, The University of Adelaide

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Discuss the social determinants of health
    2 Identify core principles of primary health care
    3 Define social justice and identify reasons and possible solutions to inequity in health
    4 Discuss empowerment and health literacy and the nurse's role
    5 Describe health promotion in a global context
    6 Identify opportunities to enhance the care of patients/clients through the
    involvement of other health professionals
    7 Consider the challenges for rural health care nursing
    8 Situate the experience of Indigenous health in the rural and remote setting
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    McMurray, A & Clendon, J 2015, Community Health and Wellness: Primary Health Care in Practice, 5th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW.
    Recommended Resources
    Talbot, L. Verrinder, G. 2017 Promoting Health The Primary Health Care Approach, 6th Edition. Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW.
    Online Learning

    It is expected that students will need to spend about 12 hours of study a week to successfully complete this course.

    ï‚·This includes purchasing the prescribed text and completing the required readings each week.

    ï‚·Reading the case study provided in Community Health and Wellness Text. 

    ï‚·Complete the weekly quizzes that will contribute to the overall grade in this course.

    ï‚·Attend the three 3 face to face presentation that will be held during the semester.

    ï‚·Complete the assignments as outlined in the Study Guide and Canvas. 

    ï‚·In addition to the readings there are voiced over powerpoint lectures and additional educational and informative videos to view.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Online lectures through MyUni: The learning objectives, readings and content have been reviewed, adapted and presented in keeping with Level II courses. The online lectures will take the form of voiced over power points. Educational Videos have been added as relevant to the weeks content.

    Three (3) face to face presentations will be dlivered during the semester. These presentations will be given by guest lecturers and speakers who have experience in Community and Primary Health Care. The focus of these lectures will be the role of the Community health nurse, the Social Determanents of Health and the development of a primary health care strategy which will be the focus of the main assignment of this course.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    It is expected that you will need to spend about 12 hours of study a week to successfully complete this course.
    This includes reading, completing activities, attendance at the three (3) presentationss and listening to podcasts.
    Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
    Lectures will be available on MyUni as Podcasts or PowerPoint presentations.
    It is expected that you will listen to the lectures and if you have any queries contact me via email or phone.
    Learning Activities Summary















  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Online Quiz Formative N/A 1-5
    Weekly quizzes x 8 Summative 40% 1-6
    Primary health care strategy / project.
    • Briefing paper
    • Strategy
    • Flyer
    Summative 60% 1-8
    Assessment Detail
    ASSESSMENT 1: Online Quiz (Formative)

    Quiz- Based on the case study in the prescribed text students will answer a short quiz that will relate to the social determinants of health.

    ASSESSMENT 2: Quizes (Summative 40%)

    Quiz - Student will complete weekly quizes over 8 weeks that will follow the case study in the prescribed text and will realte to the weekly lecture content.

    ASSESSMENT 3: Project (Summative 60%)

    Project: Strategy for change (Community and Primary Health Care project for change)

    Briefing paper: You are a community nurse working in a primary health care centre and you want to implement a change or health care strategy to improve how you deliver care to the community you serve. You will write a 500 word briefing paper that will outline your strategy and describe how you will implement this. (20%)

    Project or Strategy for change: You will describe your strategy in detail. You will discuss the stakeholders or groups you need to recruit in the community to support this project. You will discuss how you will implement the change or strategy, identify the funding that might be required and how you will evaluate its success. This project will be supported by contemporary evidence. (30%)

    Promotional Flyer: You will design a promotional flyer to advertise your project or strategy. (10%)

    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. 

    Extensions are generally awarded for no more than 10 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances.

     See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy

    Course Grading

    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.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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