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NUR1120 Social Determinants of Health

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Lisa Beccaria
Moderator: Coralie Graham


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BNUR

Other requisites

Only Students in Plan 16768 (External Education) can enrol in the External offer of this course.


Fundamental to nursing practice is an understanding of how health and illness can be conceptualised and what factors determine health at an individual, community and population level. Providing holistic care is also dependent on the nurse developing an understanding of how an individuals' health or experience of ill health may be influenced by developmental life stages. To meet changing health care demands, nurses need to have an understanding of how different models and frameworks used to respond to health priorities are used within the context of the Australian Health Care System.


Students will be able to describe how health, illness and wellness can be conceptualised and how these concepts can be applied in terms of contemporary health models, theories and frameworks. Students will be able to identify a range of determinants which may impact on health and behaviour including social / psychological/ biological/ and environmental. In addition students will also begin to develop knowledge of how social influences, health beliefs and human developmental stages and changes can also impact on an individual's experience of health or ill health. Students will also begin to develop knowledge of a nurse's role in preventing illness and promoting health and apply this at an individual and community / population level. Students will be able to identify significant major health issues in Australia including indigenous, rural health and lifespan issues. Students in this course will develop critical thinking skills by exploring how a determinants approach can be incorporated into their nursing practice.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of health and illness within contemporary health care approaches in Australia (including health promotion and illness prevention) and determinant of health which may influence the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities (ANMC Competencies 2.3, 7.1, 9.5)
  2. Apply understanding of a determinants of health approach to individuals for the purpose of providing holistic care from a lifespan perspective (ANMC Competency 2.3)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast determinants of health e.g. between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous populations, urban Vs rural (ANMC Competency 3.1)
  4. Demonstrate ethical research and enquiry skills by locating and retrieving appropriate literature from a variety of sources to examine significant health issues within Australia
  5. Demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills (ANMC competency 3)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding health, illness and wellbeing (Defining health, wellness, sickness, and illness) 10.00
2. Contemporary Models of Health and Illness 10.00
3. Determinants of Health 15.00
4. Health in Australia (Health and illness patterns, health issues) 15.00
5. Responding to Health Priorities (Health promotion and Illness prevention) 10.00
6. Individuals' responses to ill health 15.00
7. Factors affecting Health and Behaviour 15.00
8. Nursing and Health Care in Australia 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • McMurray, A & Clendon, J 2011, Community Health and Wellness: Primary Health Care in Practice, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
  • USQ Publication 2014, Instruction guide.
    (USQ StudyDesk.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Glass, N 2009, Interpersonal Relating: Health care perspectives on communication, stress and crisis, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra.
  • Jones, K & Creedy, D 2012, Health and Human Behaviour, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
  • Keleher, H & MacDougall, C 2009, Understanding Health: A Determinants Approach, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
  • Marmot, M & Wilkinson, R (ed) 2006, Social Determinants of Health, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Rogers-Clark, C, Martin-McDonald, K & McCarthy, A (eds) 2005, Living with illness:psychosocial challenges for nursing, Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.
  • Smith, J 2007, Australia's rural and remote health: a social justice perspective, 2nd edn, Tertiary Press, Croydon.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignment or Projects 50.00
Online Exercises 11.00
Online Lectures 11.00
Private Study 70.00
Tutorials 18.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE ACTIVITY 40 10 01 Apr 2014 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 100 40 12 May 2014 (see note 2)
2HR RESTRICT EXAM CMA 100 50 End S1 (see note 3)

  1. This is an online activity via study desk. Due data to be advised by lecturer.
  2. This assignment should be submitted by Electronic Submission via the study desk (EASE)
  3. Exam will be held during the end of semester examination period (date to be advised)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, on-line topic exploration) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Attendance at the residential is expected (details will be provided by the examiner as to dates and location).

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks awarded for the piece of assessment. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Exams in this course are restricted: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period following this course offering.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with USQ Regulation 5.6 Assessment 5.6.10 Resubmission of Assessment Items, students will be allowed to resubmit the following item for re-assessment: (Assessment #1).

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty will not accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media.

  5. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  6. Assessment 1 is an online quiz to be completed by accessing Study desk. The dates that the quiz will be open will be advised. Times and dates refer to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

  7. Assessment Item 2 (Assignment) must be submitted by electronic submission by accessing Study Desk. Refer to your Course Study Guide and course website for correct labelling and submission details. Times and dates refer to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

  8. Note that assignments may have to be accompanied by a 'Turnitin' Originality Report which the student has to download from the Turnitin website at after submitting their assignment to the Turnitin database online. Details will be provided with the assignment requirements. Failure to attach the Originality Report may result in loss of marks.

  9. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  10. Americal Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

  11. Where a student has failed to achieve a passing grade by 5% or less of the aggregated weighted marks, or equivalent in the grading scale, the examiner in agreement with the moderator will consider recommending to the Board of Examiners the undertaking of supplementary assessment by the student, if the student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment for the course.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.