Course Title: Primary and Community Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Primary and Community Health

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Hamilton Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012


Sale Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr Lin Zhao

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7079

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.7.10.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisite or co-requisite courses required for you to enrol in this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

This course will invite you to consider contemporary nursing practice in the context of primary and community health. You will investigate the social determinants of health from a global, national and local perspective. You will be encouraged to investigate primary and community health interventions for socially excluded, vulnerable and at risk populations.

Students may have the option to take mobility experiences or internships as part of this course.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

PLO 3: Maintains the capability for practice

PLO 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments

PLO 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe models of primary and community nursing practice 
  2. Elaborate and critique the theory of the social determinants of health
  3. Explain how the social determinants of health might influence nursing practice in global, national and local contexts
  4. Construct models of primary and community health interventions for socially excluded, vulnerable and at risk populations

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to your awareness of global health practices along with primary and public health care.

Learning activities will be varied throughout the presentation of this course and may include modalities such as lectures, podcasts and Lectopia/ Echo and Blackborad discussion board.  

Lectures: Face to face and online lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery for this course and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of public and primary health care and global health. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: Self-directed learning activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

Please see assessment guides posted on the course Blackboard site which contains all marking matrices for ­assessments.


Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semesterwhich will consist of face to face lectures, tutorials and online materials

Learner Directed Hours: 72  per semester self-directed study and time used to prepare for assessment tasks 

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/ Echo 360, Discussion Board or workshops. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.

A library subject guide is available at

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Online activities  

Weighting 10% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment 2: Group work project: Student Community Health

Project proposal, implementation, evaluation and reflection

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment 3. Final Examination  Short answer and multiple choice in exam period 

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1-4