Course Title: Family and Community Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Family and Community Studies

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.

 


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS1170

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 1 2014

NURS1170

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015

NURS1170

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

NURS1170

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2018

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS1170

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

PGRDFx2019 (ZZZZ)

NURS1170

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

PGRDFx2020 (ZZZZ)

NURS1170

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex21 (ZZZZ)

NURS1170

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex22 (ZZZZ)

Course Coordinator: Kerrie Buchanan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7786

Course Coordinator Email: kerrie.buchanan@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.015


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

The Family and Community Studies course will enable you to investigate the socio ecological model of health and illustrate how this model can be applied to support families. The course examines concepts of contemporary families and their diversity of structure, function, strength and resilience. Content will include the experience of Indigenous and other culturally diverse families. Parenting tasks and life span challenges will be critically appraised in terms of transition to parenting and key developmental stages with a particular focus on vulnerability and the experience of vulnerable families. Ways in which health and community workers can work with families and communities in a partnership model at both a family and community level will also be addressed. Challenges such as family violence, cultural diversity, mental health issues and substance misuse will be critically appraised and considered.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for GD159 Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing in the following way:

  • PLO 1:  Critically examine the principles of primary health care to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion activities within child, family and community health practice.
  • PLO 3:  Critically evaluate contemporary research findings and integrate these to provide comprehensive, safe and effective evidence based health care for children, families and the community
  • PLO 6:  Communicate effectively with children, families and groups to engage and support clients, working in partnership with families and interdisciplinary health teams to promote, assess and support maternal, child and family health and wellbeing.

 


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Conceptually map the socio-ecological model of health and apply principles of primary health care and health promotion and consider how these apply to families and communities.
  2. Explore and critique evidence and current models of practice and family assessment as they apply to contemporary families and raising children in Australian society.
  3. Analyse and synthesise knowledge of parenting tasks and life span challenges as they relate to the transition to parenting, key developmental stages and early parenting concerns.
  4. Investigate and apply knowledge and skills related to groupwork with families with young children and implement in a community child and family setting.
  5. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of risk and protective factors that impact children, parents and families and the ability to integrate assessment findings concerning risk.
  6. Assess contemporary issues that impact families such as cultural diversity, LGBTQI+ families, grief and loss, role of fathers, Indigenous health, psychosocial screening, perinatal mental health, family violence, child abuse, substance misuse and disability.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will include a variety of learning activities such as live and recorded online lectures, classroom based lectorials and tutorials. You will be expected to engage in and participate in experiential exercises and self-directed learning.

Self-Directed Learning:

You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this course. This includes reading academic literature and research on relevant topics to provide a solid theoretical basis to inform your professional practice. The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to develop independent study skills to support lifelong learning. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material addressed in throughout the program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge to practice.

 

RMIT have state of the art simulated learning facilities for student learning and practice. You will participate in simulated practice within these facilities in preparation for placement. As a part of participation you may be filmed for learning, teaching, reflection and assessment and this is considered an inherent part of our learning and teaching program. Recordings will be maintained in accordance with our assessment, document retention and privacy policies.


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of primary and secondary sources. Directed course readings from required and recommended textbooks, current journals, Maternal and Child Health resource guides and other government publications will support your learning. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Learning activities related to practice may be provided in a variety of ways such as simulated learning. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools to assist you to navigate and learn using an online system.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Micro Credentials: Academic Integrity, Womin Djeka, and Cultural Similarities and Differences

Weighting 15% (5% each)

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

Assessment Task 2: Clinical Skills Assessment

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Contemporary Issues Essay

Weighting 50%

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