Course Outline

PUB705 Health Promotion Community Assessment and Planning

Course Coordinator:Jane Taylor ( School:School of Health - Public Health

2024Session 3


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This is an advanced course where you will develop specialised knowledge and skills to conduct a community health and wellbeing assets and needs assessment, and compile an evidence-based health promotion plan in partnership with stakeholders. You will develop research skills to source, interpret and report existing and new quantitative and qualitative community assessment data on relevant health and wellbeing determinants. You will conduct a health and wellbeing priority analysis and develop related SMART project goal, objectives and sub-objectives, and related impact and outcome evaluation.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online – 4 hours of structured asynchronous online learning activities and an optional 1-hour online Zoom drop in session. 5hrs Week 1 8 times

Course Topics

Health promotion community assessment and planning competencies

Health promotion planning models and frameworks

Community assets and needs assessment

Sourcing, appraising and reporting health and wellbeing data and evidence using credible secondary sources

Community engagement, partnerships and Cultural Safety

Collecting and analysing primary health and well-being data

Determining health and wellbeing priorities

Analysing determinants and population characteristics of health and wellbeing priorities

Health promotion project planning: goals, objectives, sub-objectives; impact and outcome evaluation

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

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 Source, critique, interpret, synthesise and report evidence on the determinants of health and wellbeing for a priority community. Knowledgeable
6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5
2 Design qualitative data collection tools to collect and analyse health and wellbeing information from stakeholder groups. Empowered
B.8, 6.2, 9.1, 9.4
3 Use evidence-based literature to conduct a comprehensive health and wellbeing priority analysis, and develop a health promotion project plan to address the health and wellbeing priority. Empowered
A.4, A.5, B.5, A.6, 3.1, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 9.1, 9.2

* Competencies by Professional Body

International Union for Health Promotion and Education
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
B.5 Health promotion models and approaches which support empowerment, participation, partnership and equity as the basis for health promotion action
A.6 Ensuring that health promotion action is beneficial and causes no harm
B.8 The evidence base and research methods, including qualitative and quantitative methods, required to inform and evaluate health promotion action
3.1 Engage partners from different sectors to actively contribute to health promotion action
6.2 Use a variety of assessment methods including quantitative and qualitative research methods
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
6.5 Identify the health needs, existing assets and resources relevant to health promotion action
7.1 Mobilise, support and engage the participation of stakeholders in planning health promotion action
7.2 Use current models and systematic approaches for planning health promotion action
7.3 Develop a feasible action plan within resource constraints and with reference to existing needs and assets
7.4 Develop and communicate appropriate, realistic and measurable goals and objectives for health promotion action
9.1 Identify and use appropriate health promotion evaluation tools and research methods
9.2 Integrate evaluation into the planning and implementation of all 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”.


Enrolled in any Postgraduate Program


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

Weekly activities designed to provide feedback on understanding of weekly course concepts to support assessment will be available to students.

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 Written Piece Individual 50%
Six (6) short answer question responses
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Plan Individual 50%
Approx. 1800 words
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Health promotion community assessment
To demonstrate your knowledge and skills in health promotion community assessment including; community profiling; sourcing, critiquing, interpreting and reporting community health and wellbeing information from secondary sources; planning for community engagement; designing primary data collection methods and tools; and analysing qualitative data.
Product: Written Piece
You will provide responses to six (6) short answer questions on a community assessment case study. Questions will relate to the following elements of community assessment: 
1) community profiling; 2) sourcing, critiquing, interpreting and reporting community health and wellbeing data from secondary sources; 
3) designing primary data collection methods and tools; 4) analysing qualitative data; and 5) engaging with community stakeholders..
• Use Vancouver style referencing.
• Further details on how to approach and complete the task will be available on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Design processes to meaningfully engage community stakeholders in community assessment
Application of frameworks to assess the health and wellbeing of a population
1 2
Accuracy of sourcing, reporting and interpretation of appropriate quality secondary data
Design of interview protocol and questions to assess the health and wellbeing perceptions of a stakeholder group
Analysis of qualitative health and wellbeing data
All - Assessment Task 2:Health promotion project plan
To demonstrate your knowledge and skills in evidence based health promotion planning to address a health and wellbeing priority in a community.
Product: Plan
You will develop an evidence-based health promotion plan to address a selected health and wellbeing priority in a community of interest to you. The plan will describe the health and wellbeing priority, community/population impacted by the priority, and present an analysis of individual and environmental level determinants of the health and wellbeing priority. You will then use the evidence to develop and provide justification for necessary partnerships; application of best practice planning principles; the goal, objectives and sub-objectives for your health and wellbeing priority analysis; and develop and provide justification for outcome and impact evaluation to evaluate your goal, objectives and sub-objectives.
• Use Vancouver style referencing.
• Further details on how to approach and structure the health promotion plan will be available on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of relevant health promotion planning frameworks and/or models, principles and processes
Accuracy of the description of the health and wellbeing priority and community, and impact of the priority on the community
Appropriateness of evidence used throughout the plan
Accuracy of the health and wellbeing priority analysis
Technical accuracy of the goal, objectives, sub-objectives, and impact and outcome evaluation
Quality of the justification for the goal, objectives, sub-objectives, and impact and outcome evaluation

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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


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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