HSC3082 - Health promotion practicum - 2017

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


Dr Darshini Ayton

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. To be considered for entry to HSC3082 students must have attained an average of at least 65% across level 2 HSC units. Entry is competitive and based on academic performance.

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • The first compulsory seminar will be held during Orientation week of semester 2.
  • Students are required to obtain a Police Records check and Working With Children check.


This unit will assist students to put into practice the theory that underpins the profession of health promotion by working in an agency which has promoting health as part of its core business. It will provide practical experience in preparation for embarking or enhancing a career in health promotion as well as opportunities to learn about career development, resume development and reflection on skills and capacities required by a graduate. Applying the knowledge gained through their course by working in agencies that undertake population-based health promotion issues will help students to better understand health determinants and behaviour in the community, and prepare them for the realities of the workplace.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills gained in health promotion units, in the practice of community-based health promotion.
  2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in learning about career development.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of health promotion theories in program design and/or delivery.
  4. Reflect on the professional attitudes and skills required of health professionals working in community settings.
  5. Critically assess a workplace environment.
  6. Critically reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses as a health professional, and skills and capacities necessary for graduate employment.


Each student will undertake a health promotion placement at a relevant organisation. The placement is 100 hours in duration and students need to be able to committ at least one day a week to complete their placement by mid-November.


  • Mid placement reflection report (1,200 words) (15%)
  • Final reflection report (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Career portfolio (40%) Hurdle
  • Mediated peer assessment activities (15%)

Hurdle requirements:

  • Attendance at a 15 minute practicum interview,
  • 100 hours field placement,
  • 12 hours of seminars.

Workload requirements

144 hours including 100 hours of field placement, 12 hours of seminars, contact time of 1 hour online discussion group between weeks 5-12, and 2 hours of private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


One of HSC2062 or PBH1102 AND one of HSC3061 or PHH3061


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Public Health Science.


HSC3132, PBH3007, PHH3082