HLTH SC 1402 - Foundations of Health and Wellbeing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

Students will examine key theories underpinning concepts in contemporary health and wellbeing. Students will investigate the complex range of interactions that influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations. As health is a dynamic concept, students will identify and discuss the social, environmental and individual determinants of health and wellbeing within an Australian and global context.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HLTH SC 1402
    Course Foundations of Health and Wellbeing
    Coordinating Unit Sch of Allied Hlth Sci & Prac
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) or Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) or Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons)
    Course Description Students will examine key theories underpinning concepts in contemporary health and wellbeing. Students will investigate the complex range of interactions that influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations. As health is a dynamic concept, students will identify and discuss the social, environmental and individual determinants of health and wellbeing within an Australian and global context.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jessica Stanhope

    Course Coordinator: Dr James Thompson
    Phone: +61 8 8313 1777
    Email: james.thompson@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building

    Tutor: Ms Casey Brocksopp
    Email: casey.brocksopp@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building

    Course Timetable

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

    Timetable information can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe the key perspectives and theories, including an Aboriginal view of health and wellbeing.
    2 Identify and explain the determinants of health, including social determinants of Indigenous health, and how they influence health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations.
    3 Discuss the contemporary issues of health and wellbeing in an Australian and global context.
    4 Analyse the role of allied health in health care systems and health promotion to facilitate optimal health and wellbeing.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

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    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

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    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

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    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Online Learning
    All notes, resource manuals and papers for lectures, practicals, tutorial sessions and assessment tasks are available on MyUni as well as lists of suitable readings, online quizzes and links to external websites.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Through this course students will be introduced to a broad range of concepts relating to health and wellbeing through a series of online activities supported with a weekly face to face workshop. There will be an emphasis on exploring different perspectives of health and wellbeing, particularly related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Workshops will enable students to consolidate, apply and integrate their learning from on the online materials.

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

    Workshops: 12 x 2 hours = 24 hours
    Examination: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
    Preparation for Workshop Sessions: 2 hours per session = 24 hours
    Preparation for Assessment Tasks = 30 hours
    Weekly reading: 2 hours per week = 24 hours
    Online modules: 4 hours per week = 48 hours
    TOTAL = 152 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    Topics covered will include:

    • Key Concepts of Health and Wellbeing
    • Different approaches to defining health, including multi-level approach to health and well-being
    • Determinants of Health
    • How living and working conditions influence the health and wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan
    • The relationship between key social identities such as gender, ethnicity, culture and health and wellbeing
    • Explore individual lifestyle factors which influence health and wellbeing
    • The role of health care professionals in facilitating healthy behaviours at an individual level
    • How biological determinants influence health and wellbeing across the lifespan
    • The importance of primary health care for allied health professionals
    • Australia's healthcare system (including the role of federal, state, territory and local governments on funding policy development and service delivery
    • How health professionals can influence individual and social determinants of health at the patient, practice and community level
    • How public health policy and practice can prevent disease and maintain and promote the health of the Australian population
    • The importance of global health concepts for healthcare professionals
    • Health promotion and health education principles are applied to enable people to increase control over and improve their health
  • 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 Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Examination Summative 40% 1, 2, 4
    Assignment Summative 30% 2, 3
    Continuous assessment Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Detailed information, including due dates, can be found in the MyUni wesbite for this course.

    Assessment Detail
    Written Examination (40%)
    An examination covering the entire course content will be held during the University examination period. Students will be required to complete a variety of different types of questions to demonstrate their achievement of the course learning outcomes.

    Assignment (30%)
    Media Analysis - Students will Identify a health issue in Australia that was reported in the media. Students will choose two determinants of health from two levels of context to discuss in relation to their chosen health issue and explain why they are considered determinants of health, how they influence the health issue and the associated health outcomes mentioned in the media article. Students will need to draw on at least three additional relevant peer-reviewed journal articles to support their explanation.

    Continuous Assessment (30%)
    An online quiz will be held at the end of each course section and will focus on content covered in the section.
    Section 1: Contextualising a multi-level approach.
    Section 2: Determinants of health and wellbeing.
    Section 3: Approaches to improving health and wellbeing.

    No information currently available.

    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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