Course Outline

PUB104 Introduction to Behavioural Health

Course Coordinator:Florin Oprescu ( School:School of Health - Public Health

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

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 introductory course will provide you with broad knowledge and skills needed to understand health behaviours and other individual health determinants. You will analyse, evaluate and communicate health information. You will explore and apply established behavioural health concepts and theories. You will analyse, generate and communicate knowledge, solutions and ideas related to health promoting factors, behaviours and evidence-based interventions that can influence health and wellbeing.

How will this course be delivered?

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

Course Topics

Defining and measuring health
Behavioural health key concepts and definitions
Development and change of health behaviours
Theories and models of behaviour change
Factors and events influencing health across the lifespan
Health-related behaviours
Stress management
Promoting health and wellbeing

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 Develop an understanding of key concepts, definitions and theories related to behavioural health. Knowledgeable
B.3, 1.4, 5.4, 6.4
2 Summarise and evaluate peer reviewed articles related to a health topic. Empowered
A.11, 4.1, 6.3, 9.4
3 Apply health behaviour theories and knowledge to analyse and address a health topic. Empowered
B.3, 1.4, 5.4, 6.4

* Competencies by Professional Body

International Union for Health Promotion and Education
B.3 The determinants of health and their implications for health promotion action
A.11 Being accountable for the quality of one's own practice and taking responsibility for maintaining and improving knowledge and skills
1.4 Facilitate the development of personal skills that will maintain and improve health
4.1 Use effective communication skills including written, verbal, non­verbal, and listening skills
5.4 Incorporate new knowledge to improve practice and respond to emerging challenges in health promotion
6.3 Collect, review and appraise relevant data, information and literature to inform health promotion action
6.4 Identify the determinants of health which impact on health promotion action
9.4 Use research and evidence-based strategies to inform practice

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

A practice quiz will be available in week 1 of teaching for students to complete prior to the first quiz due in week 3 of teaching.

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%
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Report Individual 40%
1600 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Artefact - Professional Individual 40%
Up to 800 words
Week 13 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Quizzes
To allow you to demonstrate and evaluate your knowledge acquisition and understanding of the key concepts, definitions and theories used in behavioural health.
Product: Quiz/zes
Submit: Weeks 3,5,7&11. Further details will be made available on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification and application of terminology, knowledge, concepts and theories related to behavioural health
Accuracy of your answers
All - Assessment Task 2:Summaries of scientific journal articles
To demonstrate your skills in searching for, selecting and summarising relevant bodies of knowledge, theory, and research.
Product: Report
Source at least two relevant and recent (published in the last six years) full-text original research articles on a given health topic and/or theory. You will evaluate and summarise the articles in a Word document. Based on the evidence available in the articles selected you must propose practice-oriented recommendations that will be of interest for clients and health professionals. The Vancouver-JAMA style of referencing will be used for this assessment. Further details will be made available on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Relevance of search strategy and articles selected for inclusion
Appraisal quality
Accuracy and clarity in conveying key findings from the articles.
Quality of recommendations based on the articles.
Quality of product (i.e., structure, syntax, grammar and referencing)
All - Assessment Task 3:Professional artefact
To apply health behaviour theories, knowledge and literature-based evidence to inform health promotion action.
Product: Artefact - Professional
Professional artefact. You will develop a communication product that integrates core knowledge, theory and evidence-based information relevant to a given health priority area. Further details will be made available on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy of information included
2 3
Integration of relevant theories
1 3
Integration of relevant knowledge
1 3
Integration of relevant scholarly literature
1 2
Quality of product
1 3

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 Ken Jones,Debra Creedy 2012 Health and Human Behaviour (3rd ed.) OUP Australia & New Zealand

Specific requirements

Students will be required to have access to a reliable Internet connection, a computer, a microphone headset and a webcam for Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Activities.

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

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
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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