HLTH430-19S1 (D) Semester One 2019 (Distance)

Motivating Behaviour Change I

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


This course provides introductory training in motivating behaviour change, including theory, research and practice, with particular emphasis on motivational interviewing.

• Theories of behaviour change
• The neurobiology of motivation
• The history and development of MI
• MI theory
• Research on the effectiveness of MI
• Skill development – MI spirit, processes, skills, and strategies

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course successful students will be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of theory relating to motivating behaviour change
  • demonstrate an understanding of the practice of motivational interviewing
  • demonstrate a beginning ability to apply motivational interviewing in practice

    Course Objectives
  • Provide an understanding of the theoretical basis of MI
  • Develop knowledge of the basic practice of MI
  • Develop an awareness of the profession, ethical cultural issues and research related to MI practice.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Timetable Note

This course is taught through a mixture of face-to-face teaching and independent learning.
All students are required to be present for these classes.

(M, Tu, W): Feb 25, 26, 27
(M, Tu, W): Mar 25, 26, 27

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Eileen Britt


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Audio of micro-skills 19 Mar 2019 10%
Essay on applied theory 09 Apr 2019 20%
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 30 Apr 2019 35%
Observed Simulated Clinical Exam (OSCE) 10 Jun 2019 35% 30 minutes on 10 June, time TBA.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Miller, William R. , Rollnick, Stephen; Motivational interviewing : helping people change ; 3rd ed; Guilford Press, 2013.

Rosengren, David B; Building motivational interviewing skills :a practitioner workbook ; Second edition; Guilford Press, 2018.

Recommended Reading

Rollnick, S., Miller, W.R. & Butler C.C; Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping patients change their behaviour ; Guilford Press, 2007.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Policy on Dishonest Practice
Plagiarism, collusion, copying and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.
• Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (text, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgement of the source.
• Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjuction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the names author(s).
• Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.
• Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment.
In cases where dishonest practice is involved in tests or other work submitted for credit, the student will be referred to the University Proctor. The instructor may choose to not mark the work.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over

Late submission of work

Late work should be accompanied with a short note explaining why the work is late. The work will be marked and 1% the total marks will be subtracted for each day the work is late. Days late include weekend and holidays.


Students with disabilities please contact Disability Support Service.

Aegrotat Considerations

If you feel that illness, injury, bereavement or other critical circumstances has prevented you from completing an item of assessment or affected your performance, you should complete an aegrotat application form, available from the Registry or the Student Health and Counselling Service. This should be within seven days of the due date for the required work or the date of the examination. In the case of illness or injury, medical consultation should normally have taken place shortly before or within 24 hours after the due date for the required work, or the date of the test or examination. For further details on aegrotat applications, please refer to the Enrolment Handbook. You have the right to appeal any decision made, including aegrotat decisions.


Missing of Tests
In rare cases a student will not be able to sit a test. In such cases, the student should consult with the course co-ordinator to the Head of the School of Health Sciences to arrange alternative procedures. This must be done well in advance of the set date for the test.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,150.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

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  • HLTH430-19S1 (D) Semester One 2019 (Distance)