ENVH11001 - Health and the Environment
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will introduce the student to the concept of environmental determinants of health and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health. Students will study the links between good health and the state of the environment, particularly those between the environment and society, economics and environment, politics and environment and environmental health development. Students will develop an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the interaction between human lifestyles, consumption patterns, urbanisation and health. It is a requirement of this unit to have access to the CQU website and the internet.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville

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 Quiz(zes) 5%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Written Assessment 55%

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
Content and assessment task supported direct application in the workplace. Course evaluation Every effort made to align the assessment with the learning outcomes for the course and the practical alignment with industry.
The lecturers were positive and engaging, and tireless in their efforts to enhance learning. They made the content of this course applicable to everyday life. The course was clearly laid out in advance which was excellent, this assisted in time management over the term and you didn't end up with everything backed up at the end of term. The IT used was fantastic and as a distance student it enabled me to 'attend' lectures. Course evaluation Great feedback that recognises the efforts to support students in this course.
I suggest for this course that coordinators perhaps communicate with other coordinators from the other core subjects ...as all ...major assessments for this course were due on the same day. Course evaluation It isn't always possible to consult with other course coordinators about placement of assessment, or move the submission date so there are no clashes. But where we are aware of clashes, I will try to move the final submission date.
Offering of collaborate times Course evaluation There was some concern that the times and dates for afternoon collaborate sessions didn't suit some students. I did try to consult with students about the time the afternoon collaborate session, but had few responses. I'll always try to take into account student availability for the offering of these type of sessions. The afternoon collaborate sessions are recorded, so students can access them afterwards.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe environmental determinants of health
  2. Explain the principles of environmental protection, ecologically sustainable development and the precautionary principle
  3. Discuss the historical development and current paradigms pertaining to the discipline of environmental health in Australia and overseas
  4. Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health

Describe This unit relates to the following requirements for accreditation by Environmental Health Australia:

Environmental health literacies

  • Public heath principles
  • Sustainable development and environmental health principles
  • Foundational sciences
  • Foundational environmental health practice
  • Environmental health management

Environmental health graduate attributes

1. Apply relevant knowledge, principles and concepts to workplace needs

  • Apply basic public health science principles and concepts to issues of concern
  • Understand the discipline of environmental health, its theoretical underpinnings and spheres of operation

2. Communicate effectively

  • Exchange of information with colleagues, practitioners, clients, policy-makers, interest groups and the public
  • Persuasively argue for the value and importance of environmental & public health

3. Access, evaluate and synthesise information

  • Identify and access information sources and compile relevant & appropriate information when needed
  • Analyse data, recognise meaningful test results, and interpret results

4. Utilise lifelong learning skills

  • Take responsibility for their own learning and development
  • Critically evaluate personal beliefs and assumptions

5. Demonstrate international and cultural awareness and understanding

  • Recognise individual and collective human rights
  • Recognise the importance of cultural diversity and sensitivity
  • Think globally

6. Apply professional skills

  • Work independently and in teams
  • Demonstrate ethical practices
  • Employ systems thinking skills

7. Use technologies appropriately

  • Decide on appropriate applications, recognising their advantages & limitations

8. Think critically, creatively and reflectively

  • Apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 Quiz(zes)          
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment      
4 - Written Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

Basic Environmental Health
Author/s: Yassi, A, Kjellstrom, T, de Kok, T & Guidotti, T Year: 2001
Edition: Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: New York State: NY
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

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 CoordinatorDale Trott (d.trott@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

Introduction to environmental health

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 1

Tutorial (ISL): Introduction to the course

Week 2 13-03-2017

The nature of environmental health hazards

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 2

Tutorial (ISL): Academic integrity and referencing

Week 3 20-03-2017

Managing environmental health hazards

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 3 & 4

Tutorial (ISL): Evidence gathering and evaluation

Week 4 27-03-2017

Environmental determinants of health- air quality

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 5

Tutorial (ISL): How to prepare an annotated bibliography

Video conference (recorded): Preparing Assessment 2- worked tutorial

Week 5 03-04-2017

Environmental determinants of health- water quality and sanitation

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 6

Tutorial (ISL): Causal reasoning

Video conference (recorded): Assessment 3: worked tutorial

Ass task 1: Moodle quiz Due Monday (03 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Environmental determinants of health- food and agriculture

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 7

Video conference: Assessment 3 general help

Ass task 2: Annotated bibliography Due Tuesday (18 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

The role of insects and animals in disease transmission

Selected readings

Tutorial (ISL): Assessment 3 general help

Week 8 01-05-2017

Human settlement and urbanisation

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 8

Week 9 08-05-2017

Environmental health in the indigenous population

Online lecture & selected readings

Ass task 3: Short report Due Monday (08 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Environmental health hazards in industrial and occupational environments

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 10

Video conference: Assessment 4 general help

Week 11 22-05-2017

Transboundary environmental health concerns

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 11

Tutorial (ISL): Assessment 4 general help

Video conference: Assessment 4 general help

Week 12 29-05-2017

Protecting health and the environment

Yassi et al (2001) Ch 12

Video conference (2 sessions): Assessment 4 general help

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Ass task 4: Case study Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Ass task 1: Moodle quiz
Task Description

Complete the online quiz in Moodle relating to the general principles of environmental health and information literacy. There is no time limit for completion and you can save your answers and return to them before submitting.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 5 Monday (03-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017)
Weighting 5%
Assessment Criteria

To pass this assessment task, the student must be able to:

  • Explain the key components of the discipline of environmental health
  • Identify different types of scholarly literature
  • Locate scholarly literature
  • Identify the key characteristics of the Harvard referencing style, as used at CQUniversity.
Submission Online

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

4. Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health

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

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Ass task 2: Annotated bibliography
Task Description

Topic

In recent years, catastrophic bushfires have affected many areas of Australia. These fires have resulted in a number of deaths, many homes lost and thousands of hectares of destruction as fire fighters risked their lives to contain the fires. Apart from the physical injuries from immediate exposure to the flames, the resulting impacts upon air quality also present health risks for local communities and fire fighters. In this context, which air pollutants are most likely to cause problems for the community and fire fighters in the short and long- term? Consider the potential sources of the pollutants and the health effects that may arise as a result of exposure.

Task

Locate five (5) scholarly articles that relate to this topic. Present an annotated bibliography for each article. Your bibliography should include the following:

  1. Full bibliographic details, presented according to the Harvard referencing style.
  2. An identification of whether the article represents primary, secondary or tertiary evidence.
  3. A short description of the important points in the article that make it relevant to the assignment topic.

Please start each bibliography on a new page, with the bibliographic reference in bold type at the top of the page.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Tuesday (18-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Tuesday (02-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment task will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • Identifies relevant scholarly sources (20%)
  • Identifies appropriate links between environmental factors and health (30%)
  • Appropriately evaluates sources (15%)
  • Referencing is correct in accordance with the Harvard referencing style (15%)
  • Structure is logical and written expression is scholarly (10%)
  • Uses correct grammar, spelling and punctuation (10%)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Describe environmental determinants of health

2. Explain the principles of environmental protection, ecologically sustainable development and the precautionary principle

4. Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health

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



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Ass task 3: Short report
Task Description

Topic

You have just started work as the health and safety professional employed by a mining company that operates a camp for its Fly In/ Fly Out workforce. Workers usually work a roster of nine days of 12 hour shifts on, followed by five days off, when workers return home. The camp provides a high standard of amenities to ensure employees enjoy a quality lifestyle while they are away from home, with a swimming pool, sporting courts (used for tennis, soccer, volleyball, lawn bowls and other sports) and a wet mess. Employees have their own air-conditioned accommodation units, with ensuite bathrooms, television, telephone and internet. Employees' units are cleaned twice a week. Meals are provided in mess facilities - main meals include a selection of hot and cold dishes and healthy, low-fat options are always available.

The camp has its own water treatment plant, with an environmental authority to draw raw water from a nearby creek. The water is treated using traditional coagulation/flocculation, sedimentation and filtration methods with UV disinfection. Sewage from the camp is treated in large septic tanks that discharge to transpiration trenches.

In going over the recent leave reports, you notice that there have been a number of cases of diarrhoea reported amongst the workers. These seem to resolve themselves while the workers are at home but symptoms resume when they return to work.

Task

Write a report discussing the topic, identifying what you think may be the cause of the problem and suggesting ways in which the problem can be rectified. Use appropriate information from your required reading and other scholarly sources to support your conclusions and justify your recommendations.

Note:

A spreadsheet of water testing results and a plan of the camp will be provided on Moodle.

Word count: 750 words

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment task will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • Integrates knowledge of key discipline areas (20%)
  • Identifies appropriate links between environmental factors and health (25%)
  • Draws appropriate and justified conclusions (20%)
  • Refers to a variety of relevant scholarly sources (10%)
  • Structure is logical and written expression is scholarly (10%)
  • Uses correct grammar, spelling and punctuation (5%)
  • Referencing is appropriate and consistent in style (5%)
  • Complies with word limit (5%)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Describe environmental determinants of health

2. Explain the principles of environmental protection, ecologically sustainable development and the precautionary principle

3. Discuss the historical development and current paradigms pertaining to the discipline of environmental health in Australia and overseas

4. Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Ass task 4: Case study
Task Description

Case study

Lilly lives in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. Her baby is now 6 months old and it's time to introduce solid food into her diet to supplement breast milk. Her local Indigenous Health Worker had taught Lilly that nutritious and inexpensive weaning food could be made from scratch and she wanted to make sure that her child would grow and thrive. Following the advice in the nutrition literature she had been given, she faithfully prepared the recipe for a follow-up food using boiled porridge as a base and adding other nutritious and local ingredients, including mashed yams and cooked kangaroo meat. At first, her baby loved the new solid food and was eating more and more every day. However, it was difficult and time-consuming work, so she started making larger batches that she only needed to prepare once a day. She carefully covered the pot with cloth gauze to protect it from flies. Subsequently, her daughter started to experience periodic episodes of diarrhoea and after a few months the child started to show signs of growth faltering.

Task

Analyse the available information and write a report clearly describing the causes and potential outcomes of the situation. In your report, identify the immediate cause of the child's faltering growth and how it could have been prevented. Explain the secondary factors potentially causing or contributing to adverse health effects, both in this particular situation and in the wider community. You should also identify any long term health or environmental effects and/or impacts on the wider community. Suggest some ways this problem could be prevented in the future. Use appropriate references from the literature to support your statements.

Word count: 1500 words

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After certification of grades.
Weighting 55%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment task will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • Integrates knowledge of key discipline areas (15%)
  • Identifies appropriate links between environmental factors and health (20%)
  • Draws appropriate and justified conclusions (15%)
  • Proposes recommendations justified by analysis of the case study (15%)
  • Refers to a variety of relevant scholarly sources (10%)
  • Structure is logical and written expression is scholarly (10%)
  • Uses correct grammar, spelling and punctuation (5%)
  • Referencing is appropriate and consistent in style (5%)
  • Complies with word limit (5%)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must achieve at least a PASS (P) grade (27.5/55) for this assignment to be eligible to pass the course.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Describe environmental determinants of health

3. Discuss the historical development and current paradigms pertaining to the discipline of environmental health in Australia and overseas

4. Analyse case studies which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of environmental health issues and the need to protect people from hazards in the environment that pose a risk to health

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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