Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine




Not offered in 2016


This unit uses the framework of human development to examine health throughout the lifespan. Physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and psychosocial development, and the impact of culture on health will be examined. Students will investigate the roles of allied health professionals in assessing and maintaining health across the lifespan.


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

  1. Describe physical, psychological and social milestones of human development throughout the lifespan, applying contemporary theories of development.
  2. Examine common acute and chronic health issues that occur across the lifespan.
  3. Identify the social and cultural determinants that impact upon human development.
  4. Identify essential activities and information regarding health promotion to meet the needs of individuals across the lifespan.
  5. Summarise theoretical perspectives on grieving and loss.
  6. Communicate effectively with individuals across the lifespan within an appropriate developmental framework.


Portfolio: Guided reflection (900 words) (15%)
Portfolio: Values exchange (900 words) (15%)
Portfolio: Community engagement worksheet (Hurdle)
Essay (1,500 words) (25%)
Examination (2 hours) (45%)

80% attendance at tutorials, community engagement placements and participation in online tasks.

Workload requirements

6 hours per week contact hours plus 6 hours per week private study.

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Chief examiner(s)


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

Health science