PHARM 7522EX - Research Project in Addictions

External - Trimester 3 - 2019

This course/module is designed to allow students to participate in the research process. Students will be given the opportunity under supervision to complete a small research project. The submitted written text will be a minimum of 10,000 words in length, and is required to demonstrate a critical knowledge of the chosen topic area. The ability to apply scientific scrutiny to a topic related to aspects of drug and alcohol aetiology, treatment, prevention, public health or policy as identified by the programme team will be required. The research project may involve original data collection, secondary analysis of previously collected data sets, or other quantitative or qualitative research methods. The necessary defining feature is that the research project should demonstrate an appropriate level of academic rigor and understanding of the scientific implications of the findings of the project. Students will need to demonstrate competence in the integration and analysis of data to further the translation of this knowledge into more effective policies and practices, in keeping with the stated aims of the programme

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHARM 7522EX
    Course Research Project in Addictions
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Units 6
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to M.SciAddictSt, GradCert & GradDip in International Addiction Studies students only
    Course Description This course/module is designed to allow students to participate in the research process. Students will be given the opportunity under supervision to complete a small research project. The submitted written text will be a minimum of 10,000 words in length, and is required to demonstrate a critical knowledge of the chosen topic area. The ability to apply scientific scrutiny to a topic related to aspects of drug and alcohol aetiology, treatment, prevention, public health or policy as identified by the programme team will be required. The research project may involve original data collection, secondary analysis of previously collected data sets, or other quantitative or qualitative research methods. The necessary defining feature is that the research project should demonstrate an appropriate level of academic rigor and understanding of the scientific implications of the findings of the project. Students will need to demonstrate competence in the integration and analysis of data to further the translation of this knowledge into more effective policies and practices, in keeping with the stated aims of the programme
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    COURSE OBJECTIVES
    To develop an ability to plan and carry out secondary data analysis OR a systematic
    literature review under supervision.
    To examine critically the current scientific literature relating to the chosen topic.
    To construct a research question and to understand the pertinent issues concerned with
    the research topic.
    To select and use appropriate methods to analyse data and present findings.
    To critically evaluate the value of the project to the field.

    Knowledge
    At the conclusion of this course/module, students should be able to demonstrate Master’s level competence in:
    1. advanced discussion, analysis and critique of scientific information pertinent to the research topic;
    2. understanding and evaluation of research design and implementation;
    3. management and organisation of small research projects;
    4. report writing; and
    5. individual time management.

    Skills and Attitudes
    You will be expected to develop and/or enhance your:
    6. knowledge of the scientific evidence in your chosen area of research;
    7. competence in critical evaluation and interpretation of data;
    8. academic writing skills; and
    9. ability to effectively communicate your intellectual curiosity and knowledge to others through the written word.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-3,7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4,8,9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-5, 7,9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The Master of Science in Addiction Studies Programme curriculum has been designed to be self-contained. You will be provided with the following study aids for each course/module:

    • Lectures: Lectures are provided online. Lecture duration varies between 30 and 90 minutes. The lectures outline and exemplify core concepts necessary to grasp the topic. Your readings will expand on material presented in these lectures. Lecture handouts are provided online in PowerPoint pdf files that can be viewed, downloaded or printed out.
    • Course Handbook/Syllabus: A course handbook/syllabus is available online for each course. These contain specific information about the course/module including course learning objectives, assessments and course timetable.
    • Topic Outlines: Topic outlines are provided online for each study topic and include learning objectives, title of the concept lecture, list of readings and revision questions for each topic. The revision questions are provided at the end of each topic outline and are intended to help you revise the content of the topic. You do not need to provide your answers to us.
    • Readings: A series of suggested readings are listed in the Topic Outline. Some of these are essential (i.e., their content may be assessed) and others are optional. Readings may be provided in the VCU library course reserve or online (in the form of pdf files or as links to relevant websites). Additional or further readings are not a compulsory component but are a useful addition to the core content. The online readings include both journal articles and book chapters chosen from a variety of sources, which may also represent a wide range of disciplines necessary for the examination of drug-related issues.
    Online Learning
    The International Programme in Addiction Studies is delivered entirely online; no campus attendance is required. The programme is available to students from all countries, however, online lectures, assignments and correspondence are in English only.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    STUDY MATERIAL
     
    Each week new material is released that you will work through. Your first focus should be on the Topic outline as this describes what you need to master on a certain topic and what information is available to you. Each study topic is comprised of the following components:

    • learning objectives
    • revision questions
    • concept lecture
    • readings
    • quiz to test your understanding (not graded)
    • discussion forum
    This course is less structured as everyone works on their own project.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The expected workload for the course is 20-25 hours a week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The following topics may be used during this course to conduct your research and prepare your research thesis. You will work independently on e.g. a (secondary) data analysis or meta-analysis. You will be supervised by an academic from one of the three universities who is an expert on addictions.

    Topic 1:  Planning
    Topic 2:  Setting the scene and defining the question
    Topic 3:  Exploring methods and data
    Topic 4:  Confirming methods
    Topic 5:  Compile and assess your data
    Topic 6:  Analysis time
    Topic 7:  More analysis and compilation of results
    Topic 8:  Writing up your results
    Topic 9:  Discussion and conclusions
    Topic 10:  Report writing
    Topic 11:  Final writing and proof-reading
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Online Tests Formative

    Weeks 1-11

    Research Project Paper  Summative

    Week 12

    100%
    Assessment Detail
    FORMATIVE

    Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of online tests to help you learn and improve your level of understanding of the course material. “Formative” means that the result of the assessment is not included in the calculation of the final mark for the course. In this course, students will be required to provide, at minimum, a draft outline of their introduction by the end of week 4, stating the gaps in the existing research and a first indication of their actual research question.

    SUMMATIVE

    In this course/module, summative assessment consists of the mark for the final research project alone. Your research project needs to be a minimum of 10,000 words in length, and no longer than 15,000 words. These word counts do not include references and/or appendices. It should demonstrate a scholarly knowledge of the literature, but also engagement with the data you have analysed.
    Submission
    WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

    You will receive and submit your written assignments electronically via the Assignment section in Blackboard or via email if you are instructed to do so. In each course where written assignments are required, you will receive specific instructions as to the manner in which you will be expected to make assignment submissions.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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