HLTH431-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance)

Motivating Behaviour Change II

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


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

This course will provide advanced training in motivational interviewing, including theory, research and practice, specific applications and supervised clinical practice.  Topics coved in include change talk, coding, the effectiveness of MI in different settings, MI skill development.

Learning Outcomes

  • The learning aims and objectives of the paper:
  •  To expand an understanding of the theoretical basis of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  •  To expand a knowledge of the practice of MI
  •  To develop an awareness of the professional, ethical, cultural and research frameworks related
       to MI
  •  To be able to critically evaluate MI research

    Following completion of the course students will be expected to:
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the application of MI in a wide variety of clinical settings
  •  Demonstrate an ability to apply MI in practice


Subject to approval of the Head of School, and HLTH430

Timetable Note

This course is taught using a combination of face-to-face workshops and independent learning.
All students are required to be present for these classes.

(Mon): July 16 & Sept 10

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Eileen Britt


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 06 Aug 2018 15%
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 27 Aug 2018 15%
Literature Review 10 Oct 2018 30%
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 17 Sep 2018 15%
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 08 Oct 2018 15%
Reflection Paper 19 Oct 2018 10%

Aegrotat Applications
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.
http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/aegrotats.shtml, please see Course links.

Reconsideration of Grades
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. Students can appeal any decision made on their final grade. You can apply at the Registry to appeal within 4 weeks of the end of the semester. Be aware that there are time limits for each step of the appeals process.

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.


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 coordinator or 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.

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

The Health Sciences Centre uses the following scale to convert marks into grades:

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

Health Sciences reserves the right to adjust this mark/grade conversion. This will occur only when the deemed necessary and such adjustments will NOT be made to the detriment of a student's grade.

Note: students are required to pass ALL assessment for the course in order to pass the course. One re-submission is permitted if an assessment is failed.

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 should contact Disability Support Service.  disabilities@canterbury.ac.nz

Where to submit and collect work

It is preferred that all work is submitted electronically on LEARN (if submitting via Learn then assignments can be submitted up until midnight on the due date).
FLO students are to submit hard copy Assignments with a cover sheet to the College of Education.

By Hand:
Deliver to, Assignments Room in Ōrakipaoa, accessed from the back doors closest to The Collective (the USCA Cafe), by 5.00pm, or time directed by course lecturer, on or before the due date. Please use the drop boxes placed at the back entrance to Ōrakipaoa.

By Mail:
Send to,
University of Canterbury
College of Education
Academic Services Team - Assignments
P O Box 31-065
Christchurch 8444

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,108.00

* 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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