Course Outline

PUB102 Environment and Health

Course Coordinator:Jane-Louise Lampard ( School:School of Health - Public Health

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

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 is a foundation course to develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental relationships between our environment and human health within a sustainability context. You will apply complex systems thinking and socio-ecological models of health to explore the nature, scope and consequences of local and global environmental changes, culture, economics and politics on human and ecosystem health. Topics include: global atmospheric changes; water quality and supply; aquatic ecosystems; agriculture and food security; emerging diseases and antibiotic resistance; energy and transport.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – 1 hour of independent structured learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 2 hour workshop 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Seminar – 1 hour seminar 1hr Week 4 2 times

Course Topics

Complex systems dynamics & resilience

Socio-ecological models of health

Changes in global atmosphere


Water quality & quantity

Food security & regenerative agriculture

Aquatic ecosystems: food supply & persistent pollutants

Emerging diseases & antibiotic resistance

Food security & regenerative agriculture

Transport & energy

Urbanisation & coastal development

Sustainable development goals

Managing for sustainable futures

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 * International Union for Health Promotion and Education
1 Define key terms related to ecological sustainability and health. Knowledgeable
B.3, A.5, A.10
2 Describe the key elements of selected systems frameworks for linking environment and health. Knowledgeable
3 Summarise the key biophysical and socio-economic dimensions of selected sustainability issues. Knowledgeable
B.4, A.5, A.10
4 Discuss ethical dimensions of selected sustainability issues. Sustainability-focussed
5 Access and evaluate current scientific knowledge on selected environment and health topics. Empowered
A.4, A.5
6 Appraise the level of scientific uncertainty in relation to emerging global ecological issues. Sustainability-focussed

* Competencies by Professional Body

International Union for Health Promotion and Education
B.1 The concepts, principles and ethical values of health promotion as defined by the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (WHO, 1986) and subsequent charters and declarations
B.3 The determinants of health and their implications for health promotion action
B.4 The impact of social and cultural diversity on health and health inequities and the Implications for health promotion action
A.4 Addressing health inequities, social injustice, and prioritising the needs of those experiencing poverty and social marginalisation
A.5 Addressing the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioural and biological determinants of health and wellbeing
A.10 Sustainable development and sustainable health promotion action
B.10 The systems, policies and legislation which impact on health and their relevance for health promotion.

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”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


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

Early feedback on understanding of key concepts for this course is provided through weekly in-class discussions and multiple attempt online quizzes that commence Week 3.

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 30%
10 quizzes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Written Piece Individual 30%
600 words
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3a Written Piece Individual 0%
Week 11 Online Submission
All 3b Written Piece Individual 40%
1500 words
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Online quizzes
To demonstrate your understanding of key environment and health, and sustainability terms and concepts
Product: Quiz/zes
Completion of 10 on-line quizzes.
Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy of responses provided.
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2:Journal club structured reflection - Written reflection
To demonstrate your skill in engaging with scholarly literature through structured reflection, and in identifying complex system concepts and socio-ecological interactions relevant to the topic.
Product: Written Piece
Written reflection
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Understanding of key concepts (complex systems, resilience and socio-ecological models of health) and content presented in the prescribed reading
2 3 4
Depth of critical reflection
2 3 4
Clarity of your communication of the content of the prescribed reading
2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 3a:Critical literature review plan
To demonstrate your skill in planning and conducting a critical review of scholarly literature
Product: Written Piece
The critical review plan will follow the template provided
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Appropriateness of interpretation of literature review question
2 3 4
Appropriateness of search terms and strategy
Accuracy of literature review structure
All - Assessment Task 3b:Critical literature review
To demonstrate your skills in critically reviewing the current state of knowledge about a current global ecological issue, and identifying gaps and areas of uncertainty.
Product: Written Piece
Critical literature review
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Range and quality of data sources and data
3 4 5 6
Application of complex systems and socio-ecological framework concepts
3 4 5 6
Synthesis of key findings
3 4 5 6
Adherence to genre,
3 4 5 6
Quality of syntax and mechanics.
3 4 5 6

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 G. Tyler Miller,Scott Spoolman 2021 Living in the Environment 20 Cengage Learning

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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