PBHL13001 - Public Health and Environmental Sustainability
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The World Health Organisation has identified the link between anthropogenic environmental change and public health as an issue of significant concern and has engaged in a workplan with priorities to advocate and raise awareness, strengthen partnerships, enhance scientific evidence and strengthen health systems. This unit aims to develop an understanding of factors within the anthropogenic and natural environments that impact upon health outcomes, including environmentally transmitted diseases, climate change and sustainable development. Content will include an exploration of zoonotic diseases, vector borne conditions, emerging epidemiologic trends, community resilience and capacity building. Students will learn the value of participation through an exploration of community resilience and capacity building. Prevention will be emphasised as student learn about the aetiologies, risk factors, epidemiological trends and underlying environmental factors relating to a range of diseases of public health importance. The theme of partnership will be developed as they examine the issue of environmental sustainability and emerging environmental health issues while learning the importance of working with traditional and contemporary custodians of natural environments, collaborating with government and non-government agencies in creating healthy environmental policy.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band [not found]
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

96 credit points

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 15%
2. Online Test 15%
3. Group Discussion 30%
4. Written Assessment 40%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
More scaffolding for students without strong health or environmental backgrounds. Course evaluation and personal reflection Introduce some additional introductory material in the first module or prior to the start of term to allow students who are taking the course as an elective to start with a basic understanding of important concepts.
More scaffolding of the seminar/article assessment tasks earlier in the term. Course evaluation and personal reflection. Add Collaborate sessions to highlight the necessary content and links/differences between the two tasks ealier in the term to highlight the relevance and requirements of these tasks.
Earlier availability of materials, including recorded lectures. Course evaluation From 2017, make all material available from the start of term to allow these advanced students to progress through their study at their own pace.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain primary drivers of environmental change and how they interact to result in public health consequences.
  2. Examine the aetiology and risk factors of environmentally transmitted diseases and conditions.
  3. Evaluate the social-ecological framework as a means to build and maintain partnerships to address environmental health issues.
  4. Predict and debate potential scenarios to respond to environmental health challenges based on current and emerging evidence.
  5. Communicate information relating to emerging environmental health issues to a wide variety of audiences.

Content in this unit aligns with the enHealth Skills and Knowledge Matrix as follows:

Part 1- all generic skills

Part 2- underpinning skills and knowledge in the areas of:

  • microbiology
  • foundation and applied principles of natural and built environmental science
  • science
  • pubic and environmental health concepts
  • research methods
  • political, legislative and policy context
  • risk assessment and management
  • communication, cultural awareness and interpersonal skills

Part 3- applied skills and knowledge under the headings of

  • Prevention and control of notifiable and communicable diseases
  • Indigenous environmental health
  • Sustainability and climate change

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Test        
2 - Online Test        
3 - Group Discussion  
4 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication    
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence    
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Test        
2 - Online Test        
3 - Group Discussion  
4 - Written Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

Environment, Health and Sustainable Development
Author/s: Landon, Megan Year: 2006
Edition: Publisher: Open University Press, McGraw Hill Education
City: Maidenhead State: Berkshire
Country: United Kingdom
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note: This text is also available in electronic form from Google Books and is suitable for Mac, PC, Android devices and iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). The electronic version is significantly cheaper than the paperback edition.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLisa Bricknell (l.bricknell@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Environmental sustainability and driving forces behind environmental change.

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 2

Week 2 13-03-2017

Environmental sustainability and driving forces behind environmental change.

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 3

Week 3 20-03-2017

Environmental sustainability and driving forces behind environmental change.

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 4

Week 4 27-03-2017 Impacts of environmental change upon public health

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 5

Quiz 1: Sustainability and driving forces behind environmental change Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Impacts of environmental change upon public health

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 6 & 7

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Impacts of environmental change upon public health

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 8 & 10

Quiz 2: Impacts of environmental change upon public health Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Responding to emerging environmental health challenges

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 11

Week 8 01-05-2017

Responding to emerging environmental health challenges

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 12

Assesment Task 3: Seminars

Week 9 08-05-2017

Responding to emerging environmental health challenges

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 13

Week 10 15-05-2017

Responding to emerging environmental health challenges

Landon, M (2004) Chapter 14

Week 11 22-05-2017

Responding to emerging environmental health challenges

Week 12 29-05-2017

Responding to emerging environmental health challenges

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Discussion paper Due Friday (09 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Test

Assessment Title Quiz 1: Sustainability and driving forces behind environmental change
Task Description
  • The quiz will open on the Friday of Week 3 and remain open until 5:00pm on the Friday of Week 4.
  • There is no time limit to complete the quiz and you can save your quiz and return to it later (while the quiz is available)
  • You will get your final result from the quiz showing which questions you got right or wrong. This will let you know what areas you need to study/revise.
  • You should choose the most correct answer.
Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Results wil be available once the quiz has closed.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

This quiz will assess the student's knowledge of the principles of sustainability and the drivers of environmental change.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Examine the aetiology and risk factors of environmentally transmitted diseases and conditions.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Online Test

Assessment Title Quiz 2: Impacts of environmental change upon public health
Task Description
  • The quiz will open on the Friday of Week 5 and remain open until 5:00pm on the Friday of Week 6.
  • There is no time limit to complete the quiz and you can save your quiz and return to it later (while the quiz is available)
  • You will get your final result from the quiz showing which questions you got right or wrong. This will let you know what areas you need to study/revise.
  • You should choose the most correct answer.
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Results wil be available once the quiz has closed.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

This quiz will test the student's knowledge of the aetiology, risk factors and emerging epidemiologic trends of environmentally transmitted diseases and conditions.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Examine the aetiology and risk factors of environmentally transmitted diseases and conditions.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Seminar
Task Description

Early in the term you will be formed into groups. Each group will prepare and present a Q&A style seminar on Zoom for the rest of the class.Your topic will be a public health issue that is related to or caused by environmental change. Your seminar should:

  • identify the public health issue
  • explore the driving forces behind environmental change and how it affects your public health issue
  • encourage discussion about responses to the challenges you have identified

Other students in the class will also need to participate in the seminar by attending AND preparing a question for the panel for consideration ahead of time.

Assessment Due Date Agreed times during Week 8
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Knowledge of the public health issue (30%)
  • Depth of response and discussion (40%)
  • Team participation (self and peer assessment) (20%)
  • Attendance and participation in discussion (10%)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Group submission

Participation via Zoom

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain primary drivers of environmental change and how they interact to result in public health consequences.

3. Evaluate the social-ecological framework as a means to build and maintain partnerships to address environmental health issues.

4. Predict and debate potential scenarios to respond to environmental health challenges based on current and emerging evidence.

5. Communicate information relating to emerging environmental health issues to a wide variety of audiences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Discussion paper
Task Description

Using the topic chosen for your seminar, you will write a discussion paper investigating the factors influencing your selected public health challenge, proposals for possible future scenarios and suggestions for responding to the challenge to improve or maintain public health. You should take into account learning that came out of your seminar and group discussions as well as the current evidence from the literature.

You should prepare your paper as if for publication in a relevant journal. An exemplar will be provided on Moodle as a guide.

Word limit: 4000 words


Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Results for this assessment task will be available after Certification of Grades.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Relevance (30%)

  • summarises relevant information from credible and reputable sources
  • article is relevant to the issue under investigation
  • response activities to maintain or improve public health are presented
  • response activities are appropriate
  • response activities are thoroughly explained
  • effectiveness of the response activities is evaluated

Validity (50%)

  • depth and extent of discussion
  • discussion is thorough and logically presented
  • accuracy of the statements and scenarios proposed
  • recommendations for future activities have been based on critical thought, analysis of the evidence and synthesis of new ideas
  • creativity in integrating existing evidence to propose scenarios and solutions
  • depth and range of research

Organisation (10%)

  • structure and flow of information
  • coherence and clarity of expression (spelling, grammar, syntax)
  • all sources attributed

Presentation (10%)

  • style and formatting
  • typographical matters (types, font, headings etc)
  • referencing is consistent and in accordance with Harvard style
  • length (4000 words ± 20%)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain primary drivers of environmental change and how they interact to result in public health consequences.

3. Evaluate the social-ecological framework as a means to build and maintain partnerships to address environmental health issues.

5. Communicate information relating to emerging environmental health issues to a wide variety of audiences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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