Course Title: Transcultural, Primary and Community Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transcultural, Primary and Community Health

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 2, 2020 this Course will be titled 'Transcultural, Primary and Community Health'.

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020


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: 201.07.010

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore contemporary nursing practice in the context of primary and community health. You will develop an understanding of the influence of culture on health beliefs and practices in different cultures. The importance of transcultural nursing, cultural competent care, cultural assessment, and communicating effectively with clients and families who come from a different cultural and linguistic backgrounds will be explored in this unit. Opportunity will also be provided for you to select one particular culture for specific study of health patterns and health care practices. You will investigate the social determinants of health from a global, national and local perspective. You will be encouraged to explore primary and community health interventions for socially excluded, vulnerable and at-risk populations. You will be introduced to key concepts and frameworks of nursing care within a primary care context.

You 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 successful 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. Develop resources and skill to understand multicultural health care needs in assessment and intervention.
  4. Explain how the social determinants of health might influence nursing practice in global, national and local contexts
  5. Explore principles of primary care epidemiology and contemporary challenges in primary health care including women health, refugee health and disaster management.
  6. Analyse the concepts of health promotion and education that guide nurses in primary care practice and activity

Overview of Learning Activities

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester which will consist of 24 hours of face to face lectures and a Transcultural on line learning module of 12 hours

Learner Directed Hours: 84 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.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online quizzes

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Group work project: Community Health Project

PART I: Community health and needs assessment report – 2500 words

Weighting 25%

PART II: Health promotion poster and supplementary material at primary health fair on campus

Weighting 20%

PART III: Reflection writing – 1000 words

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

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

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 6