Faculty of Health

Read examples of how teaching teams have acted on eVALUate results and suggestions for improvement in units.

HBS109 Human Structure and Function

Based on student feedback, the following changes have been made:

  • Modules designed specifically for interactive online access
  • Formative interactive assessments embedded into CloudDeakin HTML pages
  • Practical classes now reflect a “CloudFirst” or at “home approach” to facilitate online learning
  • The incorporation of small weighted assessment tasks prior to the practical discussions
  • Small and large group classes have been redesigned to engage students in the learning material while not disadvantaging those who study off campus
  • Online discussions (both synchronous and asynchronous) to facilitate off campus students
  • Reduced weighting on multiple choice and knowledge specific questions
  • Introduction of a case study assessment to allow choice in assessment task and relevance to you and/or your degree/career
  • Optional draft submission of the assignment to allows for feedback and improvement.

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HMO101 Principles of Optics

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us through evaluate, and a focus group, that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Practical sessions
  • Feedback seminars
  • Pre-Practical quizzes

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Included the concept feedback seminars as a support activity to review the key theoretical concepts
  • Organized a weekly Study Hall session to provide extra support to the students
  • Included peer-review of the team work within the assessment.

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HMO701 Advanced Optometric Studies 1

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • CSP Journal - Students found the CSP Journal a useful and manageable tool to maintain their clinical skills, while also receiving one-on-one formative feedback from the clinical tutors. The CSP Journal continues to be a significant part of the clinical skills program in HMO701. We have made further improvements to the CSP Journal this year by changing the required number of observations, and introducing more systematic and equitable observations of students by the clinical tutors.
  • CaBILs and other interactive sessions - Students gave very positive feedback for the CaBIL sessions provided last year. We will continue to administer these as face-to-face interactive classroom experiences, in order to maintain the high level of feedback in these sessions. Further feedback will be available straight after the CaBIL sessions again this year in the form of recorded eLearnings.

We will endeavour to improve the following areas:

  • Students expressed concerns over some aspects of the Professionalism and Placement (P & P) hurdle. We have amended the P & P hurdle this year to ensure that each assessed domain is more descriptive and specific, to ensure that students have a greater understanding of how to conduct themselves in a professional setting.

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HNN319 Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Online resources
  • Case studies and the interactive simulations
  • Applying content and skills to chronic illness context

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Updated some of the online resources
  • Added in self test quizzes
  • Made the simulations more interactive.

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HNN751 Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of HNN751 have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Intended learning outcomes for every unit topic
  • Commitment, expertise and enthusiasm of the teaching staff
  • Relevant useful assessment
  • Additional resources for learning
  • Cloud Deakin – easy platform to navigate
  • Audio and written feedback for assignments
  • Lecturers present content that was evidence-based and relevant to the critical care specialty.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Further clarification about content of tests
  • Consolidated some of the lecture content so there is less overlap of some material.

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HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Available staff, connecting with students via the discussion boards to ensure no one is left behind
  • Clarity of online resources (like transcripts and focus questions)
  • The structure of the weekly videos
  • Supportive seminars that teach immediately useful academic skills.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Made the structure of the unit more explicit
  • Rewritten the pre-recorded lectures, to make higher quality, more engaging resources
  • Made the links between learning objectives, learning activities, and assessments clearer
  • Eliminated confusion around assessable content by removing the textbook
  • Added mid-trimester assessments to make it easier to evaluate progress and reduce the stress of major assessments
  • Distributed the weighting of the assessments, so there's less pressure on any one task.

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HPS301/HPS781 Research Methods in Psychology B

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The weekly quizzes
  • Having a range of resources (e.g., recorded Lectures, Classes, Seminars, Study Guide, readings, textbook)
  • The quality of the teaching
  • Consistent and timely monitoring of Cloud forums.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Reduced the amount of content covered in some weeks
  • Created weekly practice quizzes, and feedback to help with exam preparation.

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HSE111 Physical Activity and Exercise for Health

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Students comment that they find the feedback they receive on their Assignment Plan to be worthwhile for completing the major written Physical Activity report
  • Students also comment that the seminar activities help them in completing the assignment.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Updated unit materials and assessment tasks
  • Provided additional opportunities to revise and test knowledge of unit content via 4 online quizzes
  • Provide additional support for Cloud students via 2 x 1 hour BB Collaborate sessions each week.

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HSE201 Exercise Physiology

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • A clear articulation of the learning outcomes
  • Strong alignment between the assessment tasks and the learning outcomes
  • Useful and helpful staff and resources committed to supporting students achievement of the learning outcomes.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • We have reduced the assessment workload from 8 Practical laboratory reports down to 6
  • We have introduced seminars/workshops to provide greater active learning opportunities facilitated by academic staff
  • We have provided more opportunities for students to obtain clear feedback progressively across the unit.

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HSH302 Politics, Policy and Health

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Weekly quizzes in seminars to assist with the completion of readings
  • Working in small groups to develop teamwork skills
  • Real life examples to develop understanding of concepts.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Continued with the implementation of the weekly quiz
  • Embedded current policy topics into seminar activities
  • Modified assessment task requirements to balance clarity with flexibility.

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HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • "It helped me in identifying current health issues on the local and global contexts. Helped me in understanding policies, impact of policies on health. It gave me a chance of writing a parliamentary submission, by putting forward evidence based argument, on how to make current policy more healthier."
  • "Thank you Matthew for running this unit with such enthusiasm and great organisation. Your weekly videos were fantastic and really engaging, and your passion for this topic was infectious. The amount of feedback given for assessments was more than any other subject I have done, the audio feedback was so helpful. I cannot describe how much I have enjoyed this unit. It has been a really busy time of life for me, and I wasn't sure if I would even be able to complete a unit, let alone do well and really enjoy it, so thank you so much Matthew, I wish I had done more of your subjects."
  • "This was one of my favourite units. We looked into a real breadth of issues, but were also given opportunities to explore an issue of interest to us in depth. The opportunities to learn about SDOH, HiAP and Policy for Advocacy in real life and through life-like assessments were really valuable. Matthew was also highly available to students and very responsive to questions and other posts on the Cloud site."

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • In 2018, more real-world examples of policy and how the policy process works will be included
  • More details for each assessment will be included
  • Students will be given the opportunity to submit drafts of assessment for early feedback.

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HSN301 Diet and Disease

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes, and therefore will be maintained in 2018:

  • Despite the complexity of some of the topics, students appreciated the ample resources available and quick responses on the discussion board
  • The assignment outlines were very clear which was very helpful.

The students have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Students found the content overwhelming and hard to stay on top of. We have reviewed and condensed the content to highlight the key information, and make the content more nutrition-focused
  • Students have mentioned difficulties in following the seminars at Geelong when accessed online. This year, dedicated online seminars will be added for Burwood and Cloud students. Students at Geelong and Warrnambool will continue to have the options of attending face-to-face or online seminars. Recordings of seminars will also be available to all students
  • Students have suggested to improve on the clarity of rubric for Assignment 1. We have revised the rubric to better reflect the requirements of the assignments.

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HSN705 Public Health Nutrition

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that the following aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Participation in online discussions
  • Completing all the readings and activities in a timely manner
  • Assisting with responding to other student queries - when you "teach", you learn

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Reduced the number of readings and created more engaging environments in which to share what you've learnt from the essential readings you undertake
  • Included key questions to guide your reading
  • Changed the written assessment tasks to enable learnings from assessment 1 to be incorporated into assessment 2.

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HSO102 Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Practice education
  • Clear organization of the unit and course resources
  • Clear expectations from the unit chair
  • Class and seminar structure
  • Speedy response to queries from the unit chair on CloudDeakin/via email.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Additional information and feedback on assessments. In order to address this concern in HSO102, the unit chair has incorporated tools of self-reflection and peer evaluation. It is hoped that this will stimulate additional discussion re: assessment topics and therefore enhance learning.
  • Increased number of classes with smaller student numbers. Unfortunately, due to timetabling constraints, increasing the number of classes and/or decreasing the student numbers is not feasible. However, the unit chair has developed a 'student study group' system where peers can learn from one another and group queries can be developed and directed to the unit chair for clarification
  • Additional information re: the components required for practice education such as a police check. In the past, the unit chair has provided detailed information both on CloudDeakin and in the orientation session re: this process. However, in 2018, the unit chair will also run an orientation session specifically focused on these components and how to upload them the appropriate management system. It is hoped that this session in addition to the accompanying information previously provided will minimize any anxiety associated with this process.

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HSW221 Social Work Research in Ethical and Political Contexts

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Relevance and sequencing of assessment tasks
  • Research methodological discussion topic/activities
  • Well structured Blackboard Collaborate sessions that are relevant to the achievement of unit learning outcomes and support the development of students' understanding of research methodological concepts
  • Useful and relevant resources for learning the unit concepts and doing well on the assessments.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Require that any contracted markers provide more specific feedback to students on their assessments
  • Improve organisation of topic discussions: Students will now have to make an initial post for each of the five topic discussions during the first two week's the topic is open for discussion. This will allow a less stressful and more timely way for students to post respond to another person's initial posts before the topic discussion closes at the end of the third week.

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