BAD SCIENCE: HOW BAD SCIENCE, COGNITIVE ERRORS & MARKETING INFLUENCE HEALTH DECISIONS

ALH1BAD

2014

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will explore why many implausible and ineffective health products and treatments become popular, and how cognitive errors may influence health decisions. In an age of science and reason, why do health fads come and go, with predictable regularity? Why are ineffective treatments chosen and effective ones rejected? Students will explore a range of phenomena that contribute to people making surprising, and sometimes harmful, health-related decisions. This fully online subject empowers students to question health fads and examine the role of 'bad' science, marketing and cognitive errors in health-related beliefs and decisions.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Enrolment numbers will be checked after semester 1 census date and the subject offering for that year withdrawn if enrolments are less than 40. Students will be informed at that point to give them enough time to enrol in an alternative subject.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsKnow your chancesRecommendedWoloshin, S, Schwartz, LM & Gilbert Welch, H 2008HTTP://WWW.JAMESLINDLIBRARY.ORG/
ReadingsMaking sense of health adviceRecommendedIrwig, L, Irwig, J, Trevena, L & Sweet, M 20072ND EDN, HTTP://SYDNEY.EDU.AU/MEDICINE/PUBLIC-HEALTH/SHDG/RESOURCES/SMART_HEALTH_CHOICES.PHP
ReadingsTesting treatments: better research for better healthcareRecommendedEvans I, Thornton, H & Chalmers, I 2006HTTP://WWW.JAMESLINDLIBRARY.ORG/

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Albury-Wodonga, 2014, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20

Albury-Wodonga, 2014, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20

Mildura, 2014, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20

Mildura, 2014, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20

Shepparton, 2014, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20

Shepparton, 2014, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Davidson

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours scheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Please note that weekly learning activities are done at a time of your choice, there are no scheduled classes. Online learning package with a total 39 hours of online learning modules, discussion and activities equivalent to a two-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Active engagement in online activities and discussionFull marks requires regular active engagement, which means participating in the online activities, posting original contributions and commenting on or replying to facilitator and other student posts.20
Draft assignment (1000 words)20
Final assignment (2000 words)40
Two 15-minute online quizzes20