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NUR1120 Health and Illness

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Health and Illness
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 060301 - General Nursing
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 11 April 2021


Examiner: Aletha Ward


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG


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


Students will be able to describe how health, illness and wellness can be conceptualised across the lifespan 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 factors. In addition, students will also begin to develop knowledge of how socioeconomic factors and health beliefs can also impact on an individual's experience of health or ill health. Students will also begin to develop knowledge of a health professional's role in preventing illness and promoting health and apply this at an individual, family and community / population level. Students will be able to identify significant health issues in Australia across all developmental, gender, indigenous and rural health populations. Students in this course will develop critical thinking skills by exploring how a determinant's approach can be incorporated into their practice.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of health and illness across the lifespan within contemporary health care approaches in Australia (including health promotion and illness prevention) and identify determinants of health which may influence the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of purposes for utilising a holistic care approach when promoting health and supporting individuals who are living with illness
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of a collaborative health team approach when promoting health and supporting individuals who are living with illness
  4. Demonstrate ethical research, enquiry and writing skills by locating, retrieving and utilizing appropriate literature from a variety of sources to examine significant health issues within Australia


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding health, illness and wellbeing 10.00
2. Contemporary models of health and illness 10.00
3. Biophysical, psychological, social and environmental determinants of health 15.00
4. Health in Australia (health and illness patterns, health issues), marginalized groups and communities 15.00
5. Health Practitioners' role in responding to health priorities (health promotion and illness prevention) 10.00
6. Individuals' biophysical, psychological and social responses to ill health 15.00
7. Factors affecting health and behaviour across the lifespan 15.00
8. Professional health care practice in Australia 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.
Jones, K. & Creedy, D (2012), Health and Human Behaviour, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria.
Keleher, H & MacDougall, C (2016), Understanding Health: A Determinants Approach, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Willis, E., Reynolds, L. & Keleher, H 2019, Understanding the Australian Health Care System, 4th edn, Chatsworth NSW.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 52.00
Directed Study 87.00
Online Lectures 13.00
Online Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Written Assessment 1 50 15 17 Mar 2021
Written Assessment 2 50 40 27 Apr 2021
Open Examination - Online 100 45 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule 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 satisfactorily complete the examination students must achieve at least 40% of the marks available. To satisfactorily complete all other assessment students must attempt these the assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for each 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted 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 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    Exams in this course are closed. Candidates are allowed access only to writing materials.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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.

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. Computer, e-mail and reliable Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

Date printed 11 April 2021