PAEDS 719 : Health, Education and Youth Development

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the overlap of health and education in the context of youth development by exploring the impact of past and current developments and strategies in both sectors on the wellbeing of young people. It reviews the 'business' of schools, the Health and Physical Education curriculum, school-based health and support services, whole school approaches to health, and the health and education needs of students not engaged with the school system.

Course Overview

This course is offered through a blend of on-campus and online delivery. While on-campus attendance is encouraged for maximum learning benefits, an online option can be considered for distance students. The University's online learning platform CANVAS provides a virtual classroom, library for course material and readings, and group discussion venue. The coursework is organised in four learning modules, two of which will be delivered from the Grafton Campus and the rest online through CANVAS. The pedagogy of this course is underpinned by team-based learning and it is hoped that the skills you learn during this course will be directly applicable to your work environments where you work within multidisciplinary teams, and where effective team work has direct positive outcomes for your students/patients/clients. The course involves different approaches to learning, including self-directed reading and learning, discussions with experts in the field, working in permanent small learning teams both on campus and online using conferencing and other communication tools. The team-based learning mode means that to pass the course assessments it will be essential to engage with the on-campus components of the course and also to participate fully in the activities and assessments associated with the online components of the course.

Learning Module 1 (online and on campus): Meeting the health and education needs of all students; understanding students’ rights and the legal obligations of schools; establishing successful learning teams and ensuring all team members are confident using the on-line systems and resources.

Learning Module 2 (online): School structures and relevant curriculum; Student well-being and the influence of the school "climate"; health promotion and health education, reflection on learning and understanding the dynamics of successful teams.

Learning Module 3 (online): School-based health and social support services, reflection on learning and understanding the dynamics of successful teams.

Learning Module 4 (online and on campus): Meeting the health and education needs of all students; Whole-School Approaches to student well-being; resolving any questions that have arisen, reflection on learning and the power of successful teamwork.

Please note that the Learning Modules are not discrete units of work, but rather they are designed to overlap and flow into one another. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Christine Cammell
Course Director, Community Paediatrics
Mobile: 02040613171 (not available weekends)

Course administrator
If you have an issue that is "non academic"
please, contact:  
Upendra Wickramarachchi 
Park West
School of Population Health 
22-30 Park Avenue,
Auckland 1023
Tel: (09) 373 7599 ext 83058

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the concepts of youth development and resilience and describe how they could be applied in education settings. (Capability 1.1 and 1.2)
  2. Describe how NZ Secondary Schools operate and how school management systems can influence health and well-being outcomes for students, and how this can shape and influence the role of a health professional working in a school setting. (Capability 1.1, 2.2 and 3.1)
  3. Develop and demonstrate awareness and understanding of the inter-personal dynamics of effective teams, and critically reflect upon your experiences of team-based learning throughout the course. (Capability 1.1, 4.2 and 5.1)
  4. Demonstrate an ability to effectively access relevant course material through the Reading Lists on this website and search for additional information using library electronic databases. (Capability 5.2)
  5. Apply the concept of resiliency to students and staff in a secondary school setting and use your knowledge of resiliency and youth development to explain how school social environments affect the health and well-being of students and school staff. (Capability 1.2, 4.1 and 6.2)
  6. Understand and describe the factors, both positive and negative, that influence the effective delivery of whole-school approaches, and how these impact young people and the likelihood of them achieving success in education and or improving their health and wellbeing. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 4.1 and 6.2)
  7. Understand and describe the 4 critical areas for best practice in NZ School-Based Health Care (SBHC), and the issues surrounding informed consent and other legal issues underpinned SBHS in NZ. (Capability 3.1, 4.1 and 5.1)
  8. Demonstrate an awareness of the need for and practicalities of evaluating school-based health services and programmes. (Capability 5.1)
  9. Show an appreciation of the needs and issues for young people who for various reasons find it challenging to fit into mainstream education. These might include, for example, young people from ethnic minority groups including Maori and Pacific, young people who are attracted to the same or both sexes or who are transgender and young people with learning differences, and discuss what approaches can be taken to make schools more inclusive of young people who find education in the mainstream challenging. (Capability 4.1, 6.1 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Learning journal 15% Individual Coursework
written report 20% Individual Coursework
4 multi-choice individual tests 20% Individual Coursework
final team presentation 25% Group Coursework
4 multi-choice team tests 20% Group Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Learning journal
written report
4 multi-choice individual tests
final team presentation
4 multi-choice team tests

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect approximately 12- 16 hours of lectures in the classroom, 12-16 hours of working with the course material online, further self-directed hours working within your teams to complete the team assignments, and further self-directed hours to complete the individual assignments. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at on-campus teaching days to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities such as the libraries and online learning services module will be available via a live online event, and the recording of this will be available via CANVAS post event. Audio talks are available as recordings on CANVAS.

Attendance on campus is required for the Team Multi Choice Tests (TMCTs) for Modules 1 and 4, and the team challenge presentation (assignment 3) and these occur within the two on-campus teaching days. The on-campus dates are fixed for the 12th of August, 2022, and the 12th of October, 2022. All due dates for assignments are published on the calendar on CANVAS and are available to students as soon as they enroll in the course, or ahead of time by email to the Course Director. 

Please note: If in the event of alert level restrictions due to the pandemic, on-campus attendance is not permitted, the course will default to live online provision of the same material, including presentations, lectures, and multi-choice tests. If online-campus is not permitted, students will be notified via student email and on CANVAS. 


Online learning requires prior approval by the Course Director and is available to distance learning students or those with exceptional circumstances. 
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including the computer lab tutorial and audio talks will be available as recordings on CANVAS, or online students are able to join the live online events as described above. 
Online attendance is required for the Team Multi Choice Tests (TMCTs) for Modules 1 and 4, and the team challenge presentation (assignment 3) scheduled on the 12th of August, 2022, and the 12th of October, 2022. 
All due dates for assignments are published on the calendar on CANVAS and are available to students as soon as they enroll in the course, or ahead of time by email to the Course Director. With the above exceptions where online attendance is required, the activities for the course are flexible around students own commitments. 

This course runs to the University semester/quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

This is a multidisciplinary course covering a broad range of topics. There is no prescribed text. Students will be expected to use CANVAS to access their course material, recommended readings from the University library and to communicate online with fellow students and course staff.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

In 2022 this course will now be open to students via distance learning upon approval of the Course Director. This ensures the course is more accessible to all students. 
In addition, a live online introduction will be available for students to familiarise themselves with the course, with CANVAS, with the assignments and provide an opportunity for students to ask any questions. 
Below are some of the comments from previous students about the course: 

Course Feedback using SET: 'What was most helpful for your learning?'

'The readings, supportive peers, supportive teaching'.
'Team dynamics, Team evaluation, reading material and the lovely Christine her support and prompts and fast email answer'
'Excellent lecturers. Very supportive teaching fellow. Team MCQ answer discussions'
'Access to online learning, especially in the context of lockdowns, and for distance learning. Supportive tutor, open to negotiation'
'It was helpful the way that the modules were set up. I was able to stay motivated consistently throughout the course knowing that I had readings to read by a certain date with a follow up quiz, and a journal entry. It made it manageable'.
'The team challenge was great – I was able to make new friends which we got really close. During the pandemic this was extra special'.
'The learning journal aspect by far! Great way to solidify content and research'.

Other Information

This course is suitable for anyone working in a multidisciplinary context to support secondary school students, past students have come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds; nursing, medicine, counselling, student welfare, education, youth justice, allied health etc. We also invite students with a future interest in working in or researching this field. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Students starting a new programme at the University of Auckland are required to complete the online Academic Integrity Course.
Students required to complete the course will be automatically enrolled and will see ACADINT.A01 as one of their current courses in Canvas.
Failure to complete the course will result in a Did Not Complete (DNC) recorded on your academic record and automatic re-enrolment in the course. A DNC will be recorded on your transcript for each semester/quarter/academic year you fail to complete the course. Completion of the course is a requirement in order for any degree, diploma or certificate to be conferred or awarded.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 04/11/2021 10:10 a.m.