Course Outline

NUR100 Contexts of practice: child, youth and family

Course Coordinator:Nicolette Bannink ( School:School of Health - Nursing

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

UniSC Caboolture

UniSC Fraser Coast

UniSC Gympie

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course introduces you to essentials for caring for children, young people and their families, principles of Social Justice, health promotion, primary health, and family-centred care in practice. You will develop skills in communicating, assessing, and caring for children, young people, and families in nursing practice. You will reflect on health inequalities that exist for Australian families and their children including Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples’ families and their children and consider culturally safe practice to respond to their health needs.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Contemporary families in Australia, headline indicators, diversity.
  • Health promotion and primary health care - developing health care programs.
  • Psychosocial development and response to illness
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Pregnancy birth and infant health
  • Early years, primary school health
  • Adolescence and mental health
  • Children with disabilities
  • Palliative care for children
  • Advocacy, ethics, child rights in Australia
  • The child with acute or chronic illness
  • Research in the paediatric and neonatal settings.

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1 Reflect on and appraise the concept of family in contemporary society to inform decision making in child youth and family healthcare practice. Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.5
2 Identify key health priorities and health promotion principles and use these to develop evidence-based health promotion practices. Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 2.2, 2.4
3 Apply the principles of Social Justice as they relate to health inequalities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families. Ethical
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.2, 3.7, 5.5, 6.5, 6.6
4 Application of the principles and practices of academic communication. Ethical


* Competencies by Professional Body

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1.1 The RN accesses, analyses, and uses the best available evidence, that includes research findings for safe quality practice
1.2 The RN develops practice through reflection on experiences, knowledge, actions, feelings and beliefs to identify how these shape practice
1.3 The RN 1.3 respects all cultures and experiences, which includes responding to the role of family and community that underpin the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of other cultures
1.4 The RN complies with legislation, common law, policies, guidelines and other standards or requirements relevant to the context of practice when making decisions
1.5 The RN uses ethical frameworks when making decisions
1.6 The RN maintains accurate, comprehensive and timely documentation of assessments, planning, decision- making, actions and evaluations
2.2 The RN communicates effectively, and is respectful of a person’s dignity, culture, values, beliefs and rights
2.3 The RN recognises that people are the experts in the experience of their life
2.4 The RN provides support and directs people to resources to optimise health related decisions
2.5 The RN advocates on behalf of people in a manner that respects the person’s autonomy and legal capacity
2.6 The RN uses delegation, supervision, coordination, consultation and referrals in professional relationships to achieve improved health outcomes
2.7 The RN actively fosters a culture of safety and learning that includes engaging with health professionals and others, to share knowledge and practice that supports person-centred care
3.2 The RN provides the information and education required to enhance people’s control over health
3.7 The RN identifies and promotes the integral role of nursing practice and the profession in influencing better health outcomes for people
4.1 The RN conducts assessments that are holistic as well as culturally appropriate
4.3 The RN works in partnership to determine factors that affect, or potentially affect, the health and well being of people and populations to determine priorities for action and/or for referral
4.4 The RN assesses the resources available to inform planning
5.1 The RN uses assessment data and best available evidence to develop a plan
5.2 The RN collaboratively constructs nursing practice plans until contingencies, options priorities, goals, actions, outcomes and timeframes are agreed with the relevant persons
5.5 The RN coordinates resources effectively and efficiently for planned actions
6.5 The RN practises in accordance with relevant nursing and health guidelines, standards, regulations and legislation
6.6 The RN uses the appropriate processes to identify and report potential and actual risk related system issues and where practice may be below the expected standards

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC391, SC392, SC393


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In Week 4 of this course you will undertake a quiz so that you can reflect on your knowledge, understanding and engagement with the course material, presented throughout the first three weeks of the course. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
1 hour
Week 4 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 40%
1000 words
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Case Study Individual 40%
1500 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Quiz
This task requires you to reflect and attempt a quiz to see if you correctly understand key concepts. Feedback to the cohort following completion of task 1 will be provided.
Product: Quiz/zes
Individual submission. The quiz will include multiple choice questions.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Appraise the concept of family in contemporary society to inform decision making in child youth and family healthcare practice.
Primary health and health promotion principles
All - Assessment Task 2:Health Promotion poster presentation
To apply principles of health promotion, research, develop and present a health promotion poster.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
You will design a poster presentation for a health promotion proposal on a nominated topic provided to a health forum. Template will be provided.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification and use of key of key health priorities to develop evidence-based health promotion practices.
Apply principles of health promotion, primary health care to the review of a health issue and health care practice
Recognise and apply principles of equity, rights and access as these explain health inequalities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
Develop a poster which succinctly outlines and promotes your proposed program
Application of the principles and practices of academic writing.
Referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline including ethical use of intellectual property.
All - Assessment Task 3:Case Study
Apply your knowledge and understanding of a key health priority. Identify and apply a family assessment model.
Health promotion principles, inequality and social justice will be examined in relation to this case and how these apply to populations in Australia.
Product: Case Study
You will be provided with two case studies. Choose one case study, for your chosen topic. You will respond to the questions in the template. You will use current APA referencing style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identify and discuss the key health priority evident in the case study
Identify and apply family assessment to the case study
Apply the principles of health promotion and primary health care to the case study
Recognise and apply the principles of social justice as they relate to health inequalities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families
Application of the principles and practices of reflective writing
Application of the principles and practices of academic communication through
demonstration of information literacy skills including ethical use of intellectual property.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Fraser, J., Waters, D., Forster, E., & Brown, N.J. 2022 Paediatric nursing in Australia and New Zealand: Principles for Practice 3rd Edition Cambridge University Press

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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