Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will study and analyse content presented in three main modules - Past, Present and Futures - and relate these to their Master or Doctoral research proposal through individual and class activities and assessment tasks. They will contextualise their research topic historically and in relation to contemporary and emerging trends and issues and future scenarios. Students will advance their understanding of population health and wellbeing paradigms, eras, grand challenges, key events, concepts, values, frameworks, systems, practices and tools. They will critically explore the roles of government and other institutions, healthcare and other sectors, various disciplines and professions and communities and citizens in public health analysis, advocacy and action. This subject is designed to complement research training subjects by providing continuous opportunities for students to further develop aspects of their research proposal, including its significance, key questions, methodology and ethical dimensions. Students will explore ways to optimise the relevance of their research project and its potential impact on people, environments and systems. To support their development as leaders in their profession, sector, organisation and/or field of practice, students will gain basic skills in futures literacy and professionalise their oral, written and audio-visual presentation skills in order to effectively communicate research to interdisciplinary audiences.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesReadings, viewings, online discussions with other students and teaching staff, assessment tasks.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Selected resources to read or view are provided on LMS and in the RMD5AIS reading list.

Resource TypeOther resource

Resource RequirementRecommended






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically analyse public health paradigms, eras and key events; historical developments in public health concepts, values, frameworks, systems, practices and tools; contemporary challenges for socio-ecological health and wellbeing and approaches to change; and health futures.
02. Generate an approach to strengthening the significance, focus, methodology and ethical dimensions of your research project to optimize its potential contribution to socio-ecological health and wellbeing.
03. Create a strategy for how you will use your research project, experience and skills to develop leadership in your profession, sector, organisation and/or field of practice.
04. Apply skills for developing and delivering professional-quality presentations.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Class requirements

Directed ReadingWeek: 10 - 22
Six 5.00 days directed reading per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Directed reading and viewing of resources is undertaken independently by students and is supplemented by online activities and discussions

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
Six 1.00 hour tutorial per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Recorded. Supplemented by online discussion of content


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 3000-word assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 10-minute oral presentation supported by a 1000-word written assignment

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3

One 1500-word commentary

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO3, SILO4