Course Title: Chronic Disease in Australia

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chronic Disease in Australia

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 1 2015


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Judith McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 51.07.05

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study:
You are required to have completed the study:
PUBH1398 Health: Meanings, Determinants and Actions
and may be directed to amend your enrolment if this requirement is not met.

Assumed knowledge:
You are assumed to have the knowledge and skills of the course:
BIOL2361 Anatomy and Physiology.

Course Description

This course introduces you to the major chronic diseases that are important in Australia. You will study the causes, prevalence and effects of chronic disease on the individual, the community and the healthcare system. Strategies for managing chronic disease will be explored.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Associate Degree in Health Sciences:
1. Access up to date discipline information/knowledge and ensure that decisions and actions are informed by a critical assessment of information
2. Analyse and interpret information to determine appropriate solutions to predictable and unpredictable situations.

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. explain the characteristics of chronic diseases (non-communicable diseases / NCDs);
2. identify the major chronic diseases and risk factors that are significant in the Australian healthcare setting and wider population;
3. analyse and interpret available information on the causes, prevalence and impact of chronic diseases;
4. explore the importance of chronic disease management strategies, including self-management, for the individual, the carer and the community;
5. analyse case studies of chronic disease and communicate the findings using written and oral methods.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn through the following activities:
• Face-to-face teaching to develop an understanding of basic concepts needed for further study
• Personal reading (eg online materials) to contextualise and enhance your understanding of the principles and management of Chronic Diseases
• Analysis of relevant information on prevalence and cost of chronic disease in the Australian community
• Group activities including analysing case studies, peer review of reports, case presentation, and discussion
• Simulated workplace exercises: drafting, reviewing and editing briefs; goal-setting; action-reflection

Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to access this course on Blackboard (myRMIT) on a regular basis to prepare for lectures and tutorials. You will also need to read a range of recommended printed materials, online resources, library resources and other learning materials.
In addition you may need to use other resources available in the RMIT Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task 1: Case Study 
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2.: Analysis of chronic disease management 
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Health Goal
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Written Examination
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5