HLTH430-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Motivating Behaviour Change I

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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 24, 25, 26
(M, Tu, W): Mar 23, 24, 25

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Eileen Britt


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Audio of micro-skills 16 Mar 2020 10%
Essay on applied theory 09 Apr 2020 20%
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 27 Apr 2020 35%
Observed Simulated Clinical Exam (OSCE) 35% There will be an exam held on June 8th to 10th at a time to be arranged.

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 submission of work, without an approved extension, will incur a 5% penalty for that assignment.


Students with disabilities please contact Disability Support Service.

Other specific requirements

Students are expected to actively engage with the materials available on the LEARN site.

Students are expected to complete readings in advance and engage in the participatory activities of the course, both web and class-based.

Requests for extensions

Extensions are rarely granted, and only in extreme circumstances.


Assignments may not be resubmitted.

Special Consideration

Special Consideration for assessment is for students who have covered the work of a course but have been prevented from demonstrating their knowledge or skills at the time of the assessment due to unforeseen circumstances. Applications under this category should be submitted within five working days of the assessment due date.  Students should consult the Special Considerations website for information, and contact them directly with any queries. https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/how-to-apply/

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,193.00

* 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 .

All HLTH430 Occurrences

  • HLTH430-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)