Health and Well-being in Early Childhood - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Early identification (20%) , Assignment 2 - Essay (1500 words) (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,986.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,236.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX601 Health and Well-being in Early Childhood.

This unit aims to cover many of the health issues that face children and families in both early childhood settings and at home. Early childhood professionals have an added duty of care that necessitates a comprehensive knowledge of likely and unlikely medical events in children's lives. It is also essential that these professionals are familiar with Australian regulations designed to protect children and ensure their optimal wellbeing. With technology and medical knowledge increasing at an exponential rate, it is important to develop a critical awareness of controversies and differences of opinion concerning practices. An awareness of others' beliefs and levels of understanding is necessary. Debate is encouraged regarding health and medical choices and practices.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. increase their knowledge and understanding of current health policies and regulations in early childhood services
  2. develop skills in accessing, evaluating and using information gained from diverse sources in competent practical ways 
  3. promote positive health practices for young children in the family and in early childhood services 
  4. evaluate early childhood programs in the context of preventative health and child well-being and optimise environments for young children 
  5. develop awareness of current medical and scientific research affecting children and families 
  6. analyse factors involved in various controversies and debates
  7. examine diversity of opinion and reasons underlying this diversity.
  • Assignment 1 — Early identification (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (1500 words) (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Online media presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Online quiz/examination (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ECEX601 — Health and Well-being in Early Childhood

Admission to Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient
  • Other special requirement — Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the unit
2Overview of human syndromes and atypical development
3Inherited conditions
4Issues related to human reproduction and breastfeeding
5Childhood illnesses
7Nutrition, physical activity and associated issues (e.g. obesity)
8Preventative Issues 1 (e.g. immunisation)
9Preventative Issues 2 (e.g., sun safety, water safety)
10Road traffic safety
11Hygiene - infection control
12Mental health
13Reflecting on learning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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