Course Title: Teaching for Health and Wellbeing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching for Health and Wellbeing

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


UGRDFx2020 (All)

Course Coordinator: Seth Brown

Course Coordinator Phone: 99257848

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will focus on the place of health education in the primary school curriculum. You will consider and discuss health issues such as wellbeing, grief, mental health, sexuality, drug education and nutrition. You will focus on planning of health education, curriculum design and approaches to teaching health. You will critically examine the educational policies that impact on health education and the appropriate use of health resources and working with health promoting organisations. Broader issues such as the social and cultural aspects of health education, discomfort, controversy and working with parents/guardians and the community on health issues will also be introduced. You will also explore issues and approaches to teacher wellbeing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


AITSL Standards

Critically evaluate, design and develop health teaching and learning experiences using current educational theory, education initiatives and current curriculum frameworks

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Critically analyse the discipline of health and its relationship to contemporary social and cultural issues


Articulate and incorporate an acknowledgement of diversity in your teaching of health education


Select and use a range of effective teaching and learning and assessment strategies to enhance the teaching of health education

2.1, 3.3, 5.1

Develop communication skills for working with parent/guardians and health education professionals and organisations.

3.7, 7.3

Identify issues relating to the wellbeing of teachers to develop strategies to support your own wellbeing


In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Critically analyse and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across a range of disciplines, reflecting a graduate level of proficiency in teaching
  • Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the capacity to work responsibly, ethically and inclusively in individual and collaborative professional contexts to enhance your practice

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and capacity to promote education for a sustainable future and to support diversity in all its forms
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.


Overview of Assessment


You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Task 1: Health Debate (40%) Research and analyse a topical issue related to health education.   Developing a series of arguments based on a standpoint and formulating possible rebuttals to opposing standpoints. Identify possible strategies for discussing these issues with parents. Present your debate as a podcast or infographic. CLO2, CLO3, CLO5

Task 2: Health Unit Plan (40%) Design a unit of work Design a unit plan for Health Education in a primary school setting that uses the collaborative inquiry cycle which consists of: asses, design, implementation and measurement/reflect/change. CLO1, CLO3, CLO4

Task 3: Teacher wellbeing strategies (20%) Develop a collection of strategies you will adopt to ensure your wellbeing as a teacher. CLO6

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: