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This course is designed as an introduction to the concept of mental health. It examines concepts of mental health and resilience and considers these in relation to the determinants of health. The course develops students' understanding of models of best practice in mental health education and promotion. Students will explore a range of mental health issues and demonstrate a range of strategies designed to enhance their own and others' mental health.
1. Identify theoretical concepts, current research and best practices that underpin effective mental health education and promotion. 2. Demonstrate a variety of skills and strategies for the implementation of health promotion practices that focus on developing strategies that enhance lifelong mental health. 3. Analyse the risk factors and protective factors related to resiliency and demonstrate a range of strategies designed to strengthen resiliency skills.4. Critically evaluate the impact of socio-cultural factors, including media influences, on the mental health of people across a range of cultures.5. Identify and critique a wide range of health promotion strategies, including online health promotion tools and community agencies.The HLED122 class organises the ALL Right? Amble in the gardens. Last year 500 people attended. Excellent experience working with the community guaranteed.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The All Right? Amble will be held on Sunday 1 October. All students enrolled in HLED122 will be expected to attend for the whole day.
Extra Readings on Learn.Readings;Cushman, P., Clelland, T., and Hornby, G. (2011) Health promoting schools and mental health issues: A survey of New Zealand schools. Pastoral Care in Education, 29(4), 247-260 Dickinson, P., and Tonkin, L. (2001). Loss and grief and their impact on children’s worlds. Social Work Now: The Practice Journal of Child, Youth and Family. p. 16-21Fergus, S., Zimmerman, M., (2005). Adolescent resilience: A framework for understanding healthy development in the face of risk. Annual Review of Public Health. 26, 399. Gluckman, P. (2011) Improving the transition- Reducing social and psychological morbidity during adolescence (Mental Health chapters). http://www.pmcsa.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/Improving-the-Transition-report.pdf Government of South Australia. (2005). Resilience and optimism promote students learning. Virtually Healthy. 37(3). Huppert, F., and So, T. (2009). What percentage of people in Europe are flourishing and what characterises them? Well-Being Institute, University of Cambridge: Prepared for the OECD/ISQOLS meeting “Measuring subjective well-being: an opportunity for NSOs?”.Florence - July 23/24, 2009.Keleher, H & Armstrong, R (2005). Evidence based mental health promotion resource. Report for the Department of Human Services and VicHealth, Melbourne.Mindmatters online resources. Building Resilience book 1 and 2. Accessed from: http://www.mindmatters.edu.au/resources_and_downloads/mindmatters/mindmatters_resource_kit_landing.html
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General regulations
Assignments are graded on the University of Canterbury Grading Scale: Grade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A pass is 50 marks or over.
Attendance at class sessions is expected throughout the course. Students must attend and participate in the course sufficiently to meet the learning outcomes. Students and staff are expected to behave in a professional manner during class i.e. arrive on time, refrain from mobile phone use and inform the lecturer if they must leave early. Due to the practical nature of HLED courses, the lecturer reserves the right to determine that insufficient attendance has affected a student’s ability to meet learning outcomes.
Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will incur a penalty of 10% per day of the original grade. Days late include weekend and holidays. Work will not be marked after 5 days. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after assignments have been returned.
Written assignments must be word processed. Assignments will be submitted electronically. Keep a copy of all assignments.
Under exceptional circumstances (eg illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the lecturer at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor is required.
Resubmissions of assignments are not permitted in this course.
Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll and Raesha Ismail are in charge of liaison with students in the undergraduate health sciences courses as the BHSci programme coordinator in the School of Health Sciences. Your class will appoint a student representative to the liaison committee at the start of the semester. Please feel free to talk to the Academic Liaison or the student rep about any problems or concerns that you might have.
Students with disabilities may access the University’s Disability Resource Service to access support. Further information can be found on their website: Disability Resource Service
Students should, in the first instance, speak to the course co-ordinator about their grades. If they cannot reach an agreeable solution, students should then speak to the Head of School, Health Sciences. If you remain unhappy with the result of any of your assignments, examination, or your final course grade, you may appeal against that result. See: UC ExaminationsFor up to four weeks after the release of results a candidate may apply to the Examination Arrangements Senior Co-ordinator for a Reconsideration of Grade. The reconsideration will normally consist of a re-marking and re-counting of the final exam script, together with a recount of the marks awarded for any other items of work. If you have extenuating circumstances which affected your performance in your examination, you should view the information on Special Considerations
Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment. Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required. Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.
Students will be expected to submit their assessments via the online assessment system dropbox in the Learn (Moodle) class site by 11:55pm on or before the due date. All assessments will be subjected to the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.) For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).The lecturer will inform the class if a hard-copy of any assessment is required.
Domestic fee $749.00
International fee $3,788.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 25 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences.