Module A: This unit introduces the concepts of mind, body and spirit. These areas are explored from psychological, physiological, philosophical and sociological perspectives. Current literature will be used to introduce the areas of psychophysiology and psychoneuroimmunology and their connections to the mind/body/spirit paradigm. The ethics of human research and evaluation will be discussed throughout the series of lectures. In addition, students will be introduced to basic methods of information gathering with respect to the mind-body-spirit paradigm including the evaluation of its status in individuals. Further, aspects of psychophysiology and psychoneuroimmunology such as stress and disease, sexuality and the impact of environment on the health of the mind, body and spirit are examined. Current research literature in the area will be analysed.
Module B: Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of health and wellness. The difference between professional/scientific concepts and lay concepts will be explored. Wellness promotion will be presented primarily in the context of established public health approaches utilised in health education, promotion and prevention including medical, behavioural, educational, social and empowerment strategies. Some of the dilemmas and pitfalls in health promotion will be canvassed. Students will also be introduced to base concepts of occupational health and safety and workplace health promotion. Risk assessment, material safety, manual handling and relevant legislation will be discussed. Context will be provided by guest speakers from relevant organisations.

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RBM2530 - Pathophysiology 1

RBM2540 - Pathophysiology 2

RBM2800 - Cardiorespiratory and Renal Physiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast what is understood by 'wellness', including its various dimensions (physical, emotional/psychological, spiritual, environmental, social, occupational), from a range of perspectives (eg. individual, community, national);  
  2. Describe the complex interaction of factors that impact on the health of individuals including biology, genetics, diet, environmental conditions and social factors;  
  3. Contribute creative ideas and apply problem-solving skills to a major global problem that will impact on wellness of communities, that of climate change;  
  4. Describe the social determinants of health and wellness, including socioeconomic status, education, and employment;  
  5. Critically appraise published literature, including scientific literature, relating to wellness and argue the evidence-base upon which concepts of 'wellness' are based;  
  6. Define how wellness is measured at international, national, community and individual levels and critically evaluate the advantages and limitations of these;  
  7. Apply a range of perspectives to identify and examine the relationships between mind, body and spirit;  
  8. Describe the basic elements of a safe working environment including the individual's right to a safe working environment, how Occupational Health and Safety risk is measured, managed and legislated, and how disease surveillance is conducted in particular occupations;  
  9. Evaluate various models upon which public health promotion and disease prevention activities are based (including models of behavioural change), using illustrative examples of successful public health campaigns locally and internationally;  
  10. Plan, execute, present and document an activity or strategy that promotes wellness, including justifying the approach taken and describing any ethical issues that need to be considered; and  
  11. Critically reflect on issues that arise when working within teams, and appraise self and others' engagement in teamwork.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment written assignment (1500 words) 50%
Project group written report (2000 words) and oral presentation (10 minutes) 50%
Assignment will assess Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5,6,7,8 Project will assess Learning Outcomes: 4,5,6,8,9,10,11 Assignment will assess Graduate Capabilities: 1, 2, 3, 4 Project will assess Graduate Capabilities: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 LIWC is linked to the Project (50% of assessment for unit)

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