Health Across the Lifespan: Mental Health (10197.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| Bruce, Canberra
UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Nursing||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit has a focus on demonstrating therapeutic communication and foundational mental health assessment skills to partner with people in shared decision making and care planning, incorporating evidence-based psychological, psychosocial, and pharmacological interventions.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Describe the political, biopsychosocial, historical, and cultural factors that contribute to people's mental health, and explain how these factors influence people's experience of stigma, equity, and healthcare access in Australia;
2. Discuss therapeutic communication, use of self and working in partnership with cultural safety as critical concepts in mental health nursing care;
3. Investigate and describe major mental health and substance abuse issues and the evidence-based assessments and multimodal interventions (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) that support recovery-focused and trauma-informed care;
4. Explore the relationship between mental health challenges and substance abuse and analyse authentic collaboration with a strengths focus as a nursing care approach;
5. Evaluate contemporary models of mental health care for wellness across the lifespan; and
6. Identify and apply relevant ethical and legal frameworks for the safe nursing care of people experiencing challenges to their mental health.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
Prerequisites10194 Therapeutic Use of Self 1 OR 11835 Person-Centred Practice in Nursing
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Flexible||Mr Matthew Beverley-Stone|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||Flexible||Mr Matthew Beverley-Stone|
|2024||UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW||Semester 1||05 February 2024||Flexible||Mr Matthew Beverley-Stone|
Students will be expected to read widely around the topic area, and particularly note the Australian-based and highly regarded, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. This source is available in the University library as an online source.
- Foster, K., Marks, P., O'Brien, A., & Raeburn, T. (2020). Mental Health in Nursing: Theory and Practice for Clinical Settings. Elsevier Health Sciences.
- O'Kane, D. (2021). Mental Health A Pocket Guide. Elsevier Health Sciences.
All UC nursing courses use APA 7th Edition for referencing.
This source is available in the University Library as an online source and library staff are available to assist in using this:
- American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). American Psychological Association.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessment items will be submitted online via the Canvas teaching site, unless specifically instructed by the unit convenor.
The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:
- Student ID number
- Assessment Name
- Word Count
Student's names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submissions. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures).
Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the unit's UCLearn site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.
Students are strongly encouraged to submit their assessment during business hours to ensure access to Student Support Services including IT Service Desk and the Library. It is important to note that personal network/computer/technical problems are generally not considered acceptable grounds or reasons for an extension to the due date. Students who are experiencing difficulty uploading a submission are strongly encouraged to take a screenshot of any error messages, including the date and time, and contact Service Desk for technical support.
Students must submit their own original work that has not been previously submitted for assessment at the University of Canberra. Self plagiarism is grounds for referral for academic misconduct.
Students can apply for an extension, to the submission due date for an assessment item, if the student experiences extenuating circumstances and are able to provide documented evidence. Students must ensure that when applying for an extension to the due date their application meets the requirements as set out in the Guidelines for extension requests for Nursing Students. Please see the extension section of this unit outline for more information.
To pass this unit, students must:
- Submit all assessment items as instructed, and
- Attend 80% of sheduled workshops/tutorials, and
- Achieve 50% overall
Special assessment requirements
Supplementary assessment will not be offered to students.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Moderation and Late submissions
Moderation will be undertaken for assessment items to ensure that marking is fair and consistent. Moderation processes are in line with the Faculty of Health guidelines and the University Assessment Procedures.
Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.
In order to get the most out of your studies, it is strongly recommended that you plan your time commitments, actively engage in class discussions (online or face-to-face) and work with your peers as part of your study. The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level, and learning style.
Please note that as per UC guidelines, for each 3 Credit Point unit of study students should expect to spend approximately 150 hours per teaching period on both directed and self-directed activities in order to engage meaningfully in the unit content and to develop assessments for learning.
All Bachelor of Nursing students are expected to undertake a minimum of five (5) hours per week per unit of directed/self-directed learning (SDL), related to content engagement, assessment preparation, clinical learning, or revision, in addition to their timetabled unit contact (i.e., lectures, workshops, tutorials).
In nursing where PEP is a requirement for professional registration, hours expected for engagement and to meet the unit requirements are necessarily adjusted and may fluctuate during the teaching period.
Inclusion and engagement
Any student with a reasonable adjustment plan (RAP) is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any reasonable adjustments that may be required for PEP.
Students within 364JA Bachelor of Nursing must ensure that they meet the Inherent Requirements relevant to the profession of nursing – it is each students responsibility to read and understand these UC Nursing Inherent Requirements statements. For support in meeting the inherent requirements, please make a time with Inclusion and your Course Convenor
It is expected that students will participate in all learning opportunities in this unit. This is inclusive of all timetabled activities. Assessment items are linked to the unit learning outcomes, the NMBA Registered Nurse standards for practice and professional codes. Therefore, all students are required to attend and actively participate in all learning activities scheduled for this unit. Student can self-select their preferred classes via the Allocate+ system. You will not be able to join in with a tutorial or workshop if you are late due to the nature and content of the discussion in this unit, you will be marked absent if you do not attend on time.
Note: If a student wishes to move/swap classes, a negotiation must be made with another student and the unit convener.
Students are expected to attend their allocated workshop/tutorial (and seminar in INC units). Failure to meet the attendance requirements of this unit will result in a NC grade. In the event that a student experiences extenuating circumstances impacting on their ability to attend their allocated workshop the student must notify the unit convenor via the unit email and provide documentary evidence to support their absence.
Approved absences, supported by documentary evidence, will be determined at the discretion of the unit convenor. Where an approved absence is granted, the student will be advised of the required make up work and timeframe.
The theoretical underpinning of caring science is fundamental to ensure safe nursing practice. Completion of all learning modules, including directed and self-directed study, and active participation in workshops is expected. Participating in workshop discussions to clarify concepts and to develop confidence with professional communication and verbally expressing ideas can be helpful for students and also supports the learning of student peers (see NMBA RN standards for practice 2016 Standard 2 and related criterion https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards/registered-nurse-standards-for-practice.aspx)
Required IT skills
Please note the materials required for this unit section. You will require computer skills to access the internet upload to the Canvas university site submissions in various formats. This unit may involve online meetings in real time using a virtual room. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, please visit the UCLearn Student Help link.
Students undertaking units where there are assessment items conducted online are strongly encouraged to test their setup during the semester. Where support for troubleshooting technical issues is identified by students, students are encouraged to seek support from Service Desk.
The following costs are expected with this unit:
- Self printing of any electronic material provided
- Potential costs associated with remote learning activities and/or assessments (e.g. reliable computer and internet connection)
Work placement, internships or practicums