HLTH431-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)

Motivating Behaviour Change II

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


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 13 Jul and Mon 7 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mark Wallace-Bell


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 27 Jul 2020 15%
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 17 Aug 2020 15%
Literature Review 21 Aug 2020 30%
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 07 Sep 2020 15%
Audio of Motivational Interviewing 28 Sep 2020 15%
Reflection Paper 16 Oct 2020 10%

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


Students with disabilities should contact the Equity & Disability 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 HLTH431 Occurrences

  • HLTH431-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)