Course Title: Wellness Assessment and Health Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Wellness Assessment and Health Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Nicole Albrecht

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 8 8296 3738

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Adelaide

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is offered as a core course for students in the postgraduate Wellness program (GradDip Wellness, GD169).

There are no pre- or co-requisites, however students without adequate computer and English language literacy skills may find it difficult to meet the demands of the course. You will need to navigate the Blackboard LMS and other software applications (instructions will be provided). English literacy skills should be sufficient to be able to understand large amounts of written instructions and prepare an article suitable for publication in an English language journal.  

Course Description

This course will provide students with foundational knowledge, skills and their application in wellness assessment, health analysis methodologies and the analysis and interpretation of selected diagnostic information pertaining to wellness. Areas that will be covered include: health risk appraisal; wellness assessment; electrophysiological measurement; history-taking; questionnaire design; quality of life and psycho-social assessments; biological sampling and wellness-oriented biochemical, toxicological and haematological testing; fitness testing; nutritional assessments; anthropometry; quality of life assessments; cognitive functioning; and diagnostic measures used within various traditional, complementary and alternative medicine systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for GD169 Graduate Diploma in Wellness

  • PLO 1. Synthesise and integrate wellness principles and strategies into life, education and work place settings, thereby contributing to enhanced productivity, the prevention of chronic lifestyle disease, enjoyment of life, and personal fulfilment.
  • PLO 2. Will have the knowledge and skills essential to design, develop, implement and evaluate a range of specialised Wellness strategies.
  • PLO 3. Be able to communicate to peers and others in a manner that suits the context, audience and message, and demonstrate the ability to share complex knowledge and ideas.
  • PLO 4.  Be educated consumers of evidence-based practice in Wellness and related disciplines with the ability to integrate research findings into practice, and identify appropriate research methods for specific Wellness research questions.
  • PLO 5. Become holistic thinkers and lifelong learners who are able to integrate information across multiple disciplines and apply knowledge, skills, critical thinking and problem solving to real world situations.

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • CLO 1. Distinguish key differences between the Treatment Paradigm and the Wellness Paradigm
  • CLO 2. Discuss the different ways of obtaining information about a person’s health status and the difference between diagnosing illness, assessing disease risk and measuring wellness.
  • CLO 3. Evaluate the use of population data and normalised data and discuss the difference between screening tests, diagnostic tests and gold standard tests.
  • CLO 4. Discuss the limitations of diagnostic testing and the variation of different test results throughout the lifespan - acknowledging the ageing process and complexities in assessing biological and chronological age.
  • CLO 5. Describe the complexities involved in biological systems and the intricacies of analysing complex data sets.
  • CLO 6. Elaborate the use of diagnostic techniques used within traditional and alternative medicine systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities and resources included in this course are:

  • Online lessons delivered through myRMIT Studies, where syllabus material will be presented, explained, and discussed.
  • Private study and activities, working through the course materials as presented in myRMIT Studies.
  • Online discussion groups and peer-reviewed online group activities and tasks.

To help you meet the assessment requirements, interactive online activities, tests and discussions will provide opportunities for self-assessment and feedback from staff and/or other students.


Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT Studies. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Weblinks are provided so that you can directly access these readings.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Group discussions: Online Discussion Tasks x 3

Weighting 20%

These discussions focus on wellness and health assessment.

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

Assessment Task 2: Brief Report Tasks x 4

Weighting 40%

Topics include Diagnostic tests, Health Risk Assessment analysis, Measuring Wellness, Evaluating Wellness Assessment Tools, Recording Personal Data, Functional Testing and Environmental assessment.  

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

Assessment Task 3: One 1500 Word Written Assignments

Weighting 40%

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