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NUR3101 Primary Health Care in a Global Context

Semester 3, 2019 Online
Short Description: Primary Health Care in Global
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060307 - Community Nursing
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2019


Examiner: Joanne Southern


Pre-requisite: NUR1120


As the impact of globalisation, rapid urbanisation and climate change challenge social cohesion and health systems, there is a demand for globally competent nurses who understand that health and illness have no borders. Integration of primary health care principles is fundamental to collaborative, holistic professional nursing practice. Nurses advocate for equity, social justice, community participation, cultural safety and inter-sectoral collaboration. In this course students need to apply these concepts to implement evidence-based, person-centred, sustainable models of care reflecting the values and behaviours of global citizenship.


In this course students will identify and apply primary health care principles and strategies to meet global health challenges in their nursing practice. This course will build upon the knowledge and skills acquired in NUR1120, NUR1202, NUR2101 and NUR2102. The scope of this course emphasises the need for an interconnected, global approach to collaborative nursing practice as students analyse the nurse's role in preventing illness and promoting universal health.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Identify, evaluate and apply the philosophy and principles of primary health care outlined by the World Health Organisation as a fundamental approach to holistic nursing care.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of equity, social justice and the epidemiology of health and disease across different population groups in a global context.
  3. Critically analyse the significance to nursing practice of (i) the social determinants of health; (ii) the health impacts of climate change and environmental degradation; (iii) availability, accessibility, acceptability, affordability, and cultural appropriateness of health service provision.
  4. Construct innovative, person-centred solutions to global health issues through the application of evidence-based theory, reflection critique and academic literacy skills.
  5. Identify and understand prevalent global health issues


Description Weighting(%)
1. Philosophy and principles of primary health care 15.00
2. The impacts of equity and social justice on health 15.00
3. Epidemiology of health and disease 15.00
4. Factors affecting health in an individual, community, population and global level and their significance to nursing practice. 15.00
5. Global and cultural competence in nursing 15.00
6. Global health topics 15.00
7. Safety standards, reporting public health 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 94.00
Online Lectures 13.00
Online Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Written Assessment 1 40 20 24 Dec 2019
Written Assessment 2 60 30 21 Jan 2020 (see note 1)
EXAMINATION 80 50 End S3 (see Examination notes below)

  1. Research project building on Written Assessment 1

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam Part A (Multiple Choice) 60 30 (see exam note 1)
Exam Part B (Short Answer) 20 20

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a Closed Examination. The total working time for the examination (part A and Part B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities 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.Engagement in online discussion forums forms part of the directed study component of this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  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 attempt all assessment items and obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed only writing materials

  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

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. American 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.­referencing­guide

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
3. forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e­mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.