Unit description

Develops a student’s skills in understanding and managing lifestyle-based health problems. In particular, it develops an understanding of how to motivate an individual to change towards healthier lifestyle oriented behaviours. The unit considers both the theoretical and practical components of motivation as well as discussing the advantages and disadvantages of motivational styles used inherently by different clinicians.

Unit content

Topic 1 – Introduction to motivation

Topic 2 – Biological, social & psychological contexts of motivation

Topic 3 – Applying theory to practice

Topic 4 – Motivational practice

Topic 5 – Motivation for maintenance

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Session 2

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Session 3

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning (12 weeks)
Self Test15%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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