Faculty of Education

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Deana Leahy (First semester); Mrs Cheryl Kane (Second semester)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5141).


This unit builds on EDF5141 Health education in the secondary years A. The unit extends students' knowledge, understandings and skills in health education. Students draw on research literature to critically examine a range of contemporary curriculum and pedagogical innovations in health education, including the use of information and communication technology (ICT), health literacy, critical inquiry and social action projects. Through further examination of a range of national and international health and education policies students are familiarised with current developments in theory and practice related to senior health education curriculums. Working collaboratively and independently, students consolidate their content knowledge, develop subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge and skills enabling them to provide solutions to complex educational problems in secondary schools.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. develop, design, plan and research lessons, units of work and curriculum appropriate for senior health education
  2. consolidate their understanding of professional knowledge and professional practice in health education
  3. critically analyse the impact of contemporary issues on policy, curriculum and pedagogy in relation to health education in schools
  4. appreciate the importance of professional learning and engagement in a changing society and changing education
  5. reflect on and evaluate their teaching experiences in health education
  6. critically evaluate the impact of recent curriculum and pedagogical innovations in health education.


Curriculum research development project (2000 words, 50%)
Health education portfolio (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the remaining hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Deana Leahy (First semester); Dr Rosemary Welch (Second semester)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study