Individual Determinants of Health - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - 90 minutes (40%) , Reflective Task - 800 words (15%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

In this subject students will develop the foundation knowledge for working with individuals in health and human services settings. Students will learn how particular characteristics and actions of an individual impact on health and welfare outcomes. Students will be: (i) presented with frameworks, including a developmental perspective, for understanding how the characteristics and actions of individuals impact on health outcomes; (ii) provided with foundation knowledge for understanding how individuals present in, and progress through, health settings; and (iii) reviewing theoretical approaches to producing individual change in health and well-being settings.

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

  1. explore aspects of human behaviour across the lifespan from a psychosocial perspective through the study of fundamental psychological theories and concepts (health)
  2. apply psychological theories and concepts of human behaviour across the lifespan to real-world settings
  3. examine the concept of reflection on practice and apply this to professional and individual development

  • Invigilated Exam — 90 minutes (40%)
  • Reflective Task — 800 words (15%)
  • Report1 — 1200 words (20%)
  • Report2 — 1500 words (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Learning Principles
2Human Development
5Psychological Disorders
6Health-Risk Behaviours
8Behaviour Change
9Social Psychology

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Individual Determinants of Health & Human Behaviour


    ISBN: 9781488613029


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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