EDF4804 - Senior secondary health education - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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




Dr Karen Lambert

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit builds upon previous units studied and further prepares students to teach school health education in the senior years. The unit enables pre-service education students to build strong historical, philosophical, curriculum and pedagogical foundations in the field of school-based health education. Through an examination of national and international education and health policies and relevant research literature, students critically analyse how policy imperatives shape both contemporary curriculum and pedagogical priorities in health education. Drawing on literature and research studies students critically explore how curriculum and pedagogical imperatives are enacted in diverse educational and professional contexts. Working collaboratively and independently, students review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise their knowledge and skills as they work towards advancing their capacities in this field.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical, philosophical, curriculum and pedagogical foundations of health education
  2. analyse relevant research and competing policy discourses associated with different disciplinary perspectives on health education
  3. demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding to curriculum and lesson planning
  4. enact and adjust as appropriate a variety of teaching strategies and practices that meet the needs of a diverse range of student learners, in a variety of settings and curriculum contexts
  5. critically evaluate different health education programs and models that seek to influence young people's health
  6. engage in critical explorations into health education practices and policies and apply this knowledge through various forms of research.


Curriculum research development project and presentation (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Health education portfolio (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 24 hours contact for the semester comprising lectures and tutorials
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week to include; readings, preparation of work for workshops and for assessment tasks
    • group learning activities assigned as preparation for and/or follow-up to workshop sessions

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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