HLTH12032 - Community Needs Assessment
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

At a global level, there are rising demands for health care, limited resources and increasing inequalities in health. Community health needs assessments have a vital part to play, enabling practitioners, managers and policy-makers to identify those in greatest need and to ensure that health care resources are used to maximise health improvement. For health promotion practitioners, the ability to conduct a community health assessment is a core skill. This unit will introduce students to the different types of community needs assessments which can be undertaken with local communities. Students examine the history and role of community needs assessments and review a range of methods that can be used to implement and evaluate needs assessments in their local community. Students will have the opportunity to complete a community profile and also undertake a community needs assessment in a community of their choice.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
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
  • Cairns
  • 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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
3. Group Work 50%

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
I think there could have been a few more collaborate sessions at the beginning so the class could interact prior to the group assessment. Course evaluation Incorporate more interactive tutorials early in course that are aimed at skills building for data collection but has the additional benefit of allowing the groups to interact.
Could have more of a structure for the group assessment - it was very challenging to complete via distance, with totally unexperienced group members. Course evaluation Identify and incorporate specific resources on dispersed group work. This scenario is quite likely in student's future work places so these skills will be of benefit.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Argue the importance of community needs assessment as part of the planning, conduct and evaluation of a health promotion project.
  2. Analyse the behavioural, social, political and environmental determinants on the health of individuals and populations and their influence on the community needs assessment
  3. Justify different sources of information to be used for the community needs assessment
  4. Apply appropriate methods and models to assess the needs of a community, including database management and generation of visual representations of data
  5. Discuss concepts used to analyse and prioritise the information gathered from the community needs assessment
  6. Explain how ethical considerations are incorporated into community needs assessment

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Online Quiz(zes)  
3 - Group Work

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 - Written Assessment          
2 - Online Quiz(zes)      
3 - Group Work      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom (for online tutorials)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorErika Langham (e.langham@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

Introducing and contextualising community assets and needs assessment

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Week 2 13-03-2017

The determinants of health and the significance of diversity and disparity in community assets and needs assessments

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Engaging effectively with communities

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Quiz 1 open this week

Week 4 27-03-2017

Planning models and methods to assess health assets and needs

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Community health assessment: the process

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

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

Collecting, analysing and interpreting quantitative data

Identifying, characterising and defining the health problem

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Submit Community Profile Monday, 17 April, 2017 at 9am.

Written Assessment - Community Profile Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Collecting, analysing and interpreting qualitative data

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Quiz 2 open this week

Week 8 01-05-2017

Analysing and interpreting mixed methods data

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Identifying, characterising and defining the community's assets and needs

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Quiz 3 open this week

Week 10 15-05-2017

Prioritising needs, and ethical considerations

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Evaluating the community health assessment process

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Quiz 4 open this week

Week 12 29-05-2017

Putting it all together: the report and the relationship between health policy, health assets, health needs, community resources and program planning

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Submit Community Assets and Needs Report Monday, 5 June, 2017 at 9am.

Group Work - 5000 Word Group Report Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Community Profile
Task Description

This assessment requires you to produce a report which provides a detailed community profile which considers both the definition and the elements of community, outlined by Issel (2009). The profile you develop should therefore, incorporate information about people, place and interaction and include a commentary about assets available within the community. To obtain this information you will be expected to collect and analyse data from multiple sources (for example; census data, local media, published reports etc). As the content of this assessment may form the basis of assessment item 3 it is crucial that your research and description of the community is both thorough and accurate.

As part of the report you will need to acknowledge the strengths and limitations of the information you present, discuss how and from where further data may be obtained and in what ways this additional information may contribute to a comprehensive health assessment of the community you have described. Further information about the assessment can be found on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017)
Grades and feedback for this assessment item will be available through Moodle
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

This report will be marked using criterion-referenced assessment. Criterion includes
the following:

  • Report writing skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and considerable understanding of people, place,
  • interaction and infrastructure within a community.
  • Ability to locate and evaluate basic data.
  • Ability to identify and discuss limitations of information presented within the
  • community profile.
  • Ability to reference using Harvard.

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Argue the importance of community needs assessment as part of the planning, conduct and evaluation of a health promotion project.

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

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

Online Quiz - Set of Four (Multiple Choice)

There are 4 short quizzes of 5 multiple choice items each designed to check your understanding of some of the core concepts related to community asset and needs assessments.


Using the online Moodle site for the course you are to complete a series of knowledge tests by the end of Week 11. These tests will culminate in an overall grade for assessment 2.


You will only get one (1) opportunity for each of the tests. The questions are directly related to course content. Therefore, you must have in depth knowledge of:

  1. Community needs assessments/ Community health assessments
  2. Determinants of health
  3. Community development
  4. Planning models for health programs
  5. Sources of data and methods of analysis
  6. Ethics in health promotion

NOTE: You MUST answer ALL questions when you undertake the tests and complete these in the allocated time (30 minutes), as they will not be available to you again.

Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Friday Week 3, Friday Week 7, Friday Week 9 and Friday Week 11
Return Date to Students Quizzes will be undertaken and marked online. Each quiz will be worth 5% and results for each week will be allocated upon completion of the quiz.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Quizzes will be undertaken and marked online. Each quiz will be worth 5% and
results for each week will be allocated upon completion of the quiz.

Submission Online

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

1. Argue the importance of community needs assessment as part of the planning, conduct and evaluation of a health promotion project.

2. Analyse the behavioural, social, political and environmental determinants on the health of individuals and populations and their influence on the community needs assessment

3. Justify different sources of information to be used for the community needs assessment

4. Apply appropriate methods and models to assess the needs of a community, including database management and generation of visual representations of data

5. Discuss concepts used to analyse and prioritise the information gathered from the community needs assessment

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Group Work

Assessment Title Group Work - 5000 Word Group Report
Task Description

Assessment item 3 is a Group Task that requires you to produce a comprehensive community health assessment report. This report should be
structured in such a way that it could eventually be used to inform and plan an appropriate, effective and culturally sensitive health promotion intervention to
address a health need which you identify as a priority within the community. As such the report you submit must be comprehensive and constitute a significant body
of work.

Students will work in small groups for this assessment and groups need to be formed by the beginning of Week 6. Each working group will consist of 4 or 5
members.

The ability to work in project teams is an important attribute for any health professional particularly those involved in the development, implementation and
evaluation of health promotion programs. Group work promotes the development of many of CQUniversity’s Graduate Attributes including teamwork, critical evaluation,
feedback and communication skills as well as academic honesty. A process of self and peer assessment will be used within this assessment and final marks will be
calculated by appropriate adjustments to the group marks. (Specific details of the peer assessment process will be available on the Moodle site from Week 6).

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students In accordance with university policy the report will be marked within 2 weeks of submission, marks will not be available until after certification of grades..
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The group report will be marked using criterion-referenced assessment. Criterion used include:

  • Report writing skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of types of data that can be utilised for a
  • community health assessment.
  • Data analysis and presentation skills.
  • Consideration of ethical and cultural requirements.
  • Clear recommendations which are consistent with the health assessment.
  • Referencing skills

Peer assessment is worth 15% and students will complete a peer assessment form which will be used to rank group member contributions based on:

  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Contribution
  • Attitude

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must pass the peer review component.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

One online submission per group.

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

1. Argue the importance of community needs assessment as part of the planning, conduct and evaluation of a health promotion project.

2. Analyse the behavioural, social, political and environmental determinants on the health of individuals and populations and their influence on the community needs assessment

3. Justify different sources of information to be used for the community needs assessment

4. Apply appropriate methods and models to assess the needs of a community, including database management and generation of visual representations of data

5. Discuss concepts used to analyse and prioritise the information gathered from the community needs assessment

6. Explain how ethical considerations are incorporated into community needs assessment

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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