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Course Information

1. What are the learning outcomes?

Upon successful completion of the micro-credential, learners will have the capacity to:

  • Define behaviour and describe its main influences. 

  • Unpack and analyse complex issues using a behavioural lens, including identification and selection of target audience and priority behaviours. 

  • Collect and investigate evidence to inform decision making from a variety of sources and research methods.

  • Critically evaluate, select and apply appropriate tools, techniques and frameworks to assist in the design of behaviour change interventions.

  • Design evaluation framework to assess the impact of behaviour change interventions. 

  • Understand the role of behavioural science in policy and practice.

2. What is the format and structure of the course?

The course is divided into 2 Parts, across which the 8 modules of learning content are organised, as follows:

Part 1 - Understanding Behaviour

Module 1: The ins and outs of behaviour

Learners will use behavioural science definitions to identify and state behaviours, and understand the importance of behaviour change for societal challenges.

Module 2: Why we do the things we do

Learners will identify key drivers and barriers that influence behaviour, in order to understand what determines behaviour.

Module 3: Practical models for practical methods

Learners will describe some key theories of behaviour and understand their strengths, weaknesses and utility. They will also consider how behavioural theory can be applied to better understand problems and inform solutions.

Module 4: Decision-making blind spots: What are they and how to avoid them

Learners will describe the role of research evidence in avoiding assumptions in project design. They will also evaluate evidence quality using a variety of tools and techniques.

Part 2 - Creating Behaviour Change

Module 5: How to explore problems with a behavioural lens

Learners will use systems approaches to unpack problems, identify key stakeholders and consider relationships and influences within a system. They will apply a prioritisation tool to aid decision making around behaviour selection.

Module 6: Getting to know your audience and what drives their behaviour

Learners will understand the role of audience insights for intervention design, select appropriate research methods to investigate audiences based on method applicability, strengths and weaknesses, and apply different research methods to investigate the drivers and barriers of behaviour.

Module 7: Designing and evaluating interventions with success

Learners will apply basic principles from generic tools to intervention design, understand the importance of monitoring and evaluating behaviour change interventions, and apply a variety of research designs to evaluate target outcomes.

Module 8: Taking behaviour change further: Applying behavioural insights for policy and practice development and implementation into the future

Learners will consider the need and methods for scaling-up solutions to maximise impact. They will recognise how behaviour change fits within the broader context of systems change and transition, and discuss the direction for behavioural science and its application into the future.

3. How long does the course take, and what are the teaching dates?

The course involves 8 consecutive weeks of learning content. However, the content is self-paced, meaning that learners can fast-track their learning within each of Parts 1 and 2 of the course at any time.

Teaching dates for 2021:
15 February 2021 – 11 April 2021

4. Are there any face-to-face lectures or is physical attendance required?

No, the course is delivered fully online, and can be completed from anywhere, as long as learners have reliable access to the online learning content.

5. What is meant by "fully online"?

"Fully online" means that all of the course content is delivered digitally, through MSDI's online learning platform. Participating in the course includes engaging in readings, watching videos, completing interactive activities, and participating in quizzes. The fully online nature of the course means that you complete the course entirely remotely, and within a flexible time frame.

6. Will I have access to the Monash University Library?

No. Access to the Monash University Library and other Monash University student services are limited to students enrolled in award courses. This program is a Professional and Continuous Education short-course or micro-credential offered by Monash Sustainable Development Institute, an institute with Monash University.

7. I'm interested in doing the assessment. What does this involve?

There are four items of summative assessment for students registered to complete the assessed version of the course. Detailed assessment guidelines will be provided, further to those that appear in the table below, and assessments will be graded by the course Faculty - the behaviour change experts. There are also opportunities for formative assessment available to all learners in the course, through short online learning checkpoints.

The four items of assessment are described below:

AssessmentDescriptionLOsWorkloadDeadlineWeight
Minimum participation requirementEach module (including introductory and concluding modules) will be accompanied by a short activity requiring participants to submit ideas and responses of approx. 100 words to an online discussion forum. Participation is worth 1% per topic (10% over 10 modules).1-620-30 minutes per week (5 hours in total)One week after the end of the course (Part 2)10%
Assignment 1 - Policy briefParticipants to develop a 1000-word policy brief that critically analyses the opportunities to change people’s behaviour with regard to a sustainability issue and recommend some specific programs or policies to engage people and change their behaviour with regard to the issue. 1, 210 hoursThe end of Part 130%
Assignment 2.1 - Briefing document
The first part of a two-part assessment in which participants develop a 1000-word briefing document describing a current sustainability challenge from a behaviour perspective, including stakeholder and influencing mapping, behaviour identification and prioritisation. 2, 3, 420 hoursThe end of Module 6, Part 230%
Assignment 2.2 Intervention proposalThe second part of the assessment is a 1000-word intervention proposal for a behaviour change solution to the sustainability challenge based on what is known about the problem, the priority behaviour and the target audience. This also includes a framework that would measure the impact of the interventions. 4, 515 hoursOne week after the end of Part 230%

8. I've attended some other BehaviourWorks training sessions and/or workshops.  Is this different?

Yes. This course provides approximately 144 notional learning hours (assessed version), meaning that the content delivered has greater depth and detail than the face-to-face BehaviourWorks Australia training programs. As well as depth, the course also covers the full breadth of the science of behaviour and behaviour change, as well as the BWA Method, and how it can be applied to support learners’ efforts to create behaviour change effectively.

Course Registration and Accreditation

9. How do I apply for the course?

You can apply for the course by following this link.

Additional application information is available at www.monash.edu/msdi/behaviour-change.

10. What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. However, in order to gain the most out of the content and activities and succeed in assessment, students should be able to read and communicate in English effectively. This course contains Masters level academic and non-academic learning material. Learners are expected to engage with this material and demonstrate their learning at an academic level, if they are completing the assessment. Students are also expected to commit time to participate as indicated in the expected workload. They are responsible for their learning, such as completing required tasks and assessment, engaging with peers, and conforming to online codes of conduct.

The course is available to all individuals interested in learning more and in upskilling in behaviour change. Students are expected to bring their own experiences to the course, to enhance their learning journey.

11. Payment Options

Payment options are via PayPal or Credit Card.

If your company/employer is paying the course fee for you, they may pay the full course amount upfront.  Please contact msdi.pace@monash.edu or phone +61 3 9905 4058 to request a tax invoice.

12. How can I get credit for completing this course, and what can I do with it?

Learners who complete the course assessment and achieve at least 50% in their overall score will be eligible to apply for 6 credit points for the equivalent Master's unit (ENS5520 Understanding Human Behaviour to Influence Change) on admission to the Master of Environment and Sustainability - Leadership and Sustainable Development specialisation.

The completion of the assessed version of the course may also be recognised by other accredited programs and other institutions, at their discretion. Learners are encouraged to discuss this possibility with these other institutions, prior to commencing the course.

13. What qualifications will I gain by completing this course?

A Micro-credential is a short course, offering a mini credential in a specific area or discipline. This credential is a form of professional and continuing education, evidencing specific learning or competence in the application of behavioural science to create behaviour change. The specific and specialist skills obtained will empower and equip learners with the ability to create small scale behaviour-focused changes to workplace challenges.

14. A few of my colleagues are interested, is there a discount for multiple registrations?

No, there are no discounts for multiple registrations.

15. Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?

Yes. The Certificate of Completion is offered to all learners who complete the minimum participation requirements. These include submitting responses to 10 discussion forum posts, and completing 80% of all required activities/content.

16. What are the system requirements to participate in the course effectively?

To run MSDI’s Moodle learning platform effectively you should, as a minimum, use the system components listed on this page. If you do not, Moodle may still work but some functionality may be lost.

Operating systems
Windows 7, 10, Mac OS X or newer, iPad iOS 10 or newer.

Devices
Use a desktop, laptop or iPad for the best learning experience. Use headphones for the best experience for videos and interactive activities.

Internet browsers
An up-to-date modern web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. MS Internet Explorer is not recommended.

Internet Speed
Use a broadband connection (1 Megabits per second or faster) will ensure the best learning experience. Dial-up access will be significantly slower, and we do not recommend it for using Moodle.

Settings

We recommend that the following be enabled:

  • Cookies

  • Pop-ups (in both Internet browser and security software)

  • Javascript


Backup and security

  • A back-up plan in place in case your computer fails at any point during the course (utilise an external storage device or cloud-based storage such as Google Drive or Dropbox to back up work and have access to an alternative computer/internet connection).

  • With all firewalls, ensure that you enable uploading of files.

17. What if I have more questions?

Please contact us at -

T: (03) 9905 4058

E: msdi.pace@monash.edu

MSDI course information: http://www.monash.edu/msdi/behaviour-change