GEN PRAC 7011 - Thesis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code GEN PRAC 7011 Course Thesis Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact Up to 1 hour per week supervision, plus skill development seminars or on-line learning of up to five hours as needed. Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PUB HLTH 7078 or equivalent Assumed Knowledge Grad Dip Couns Psych Restrictions Available to M. Counselling & Psychotherapy students only Course Description The course aims to develop in student the capacity to work independently under the guidance of a supervisor to carry out research and to effectively communicate the need for, process of, and results of the research. Each student will develop a research proposal and a literature review, present a seminar regarding their research, and prepare an individual research dissertation that exhibits original investigation, analysis and reviewed journal, with additional supporting material.
Course Coordinator: Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Conduct independent research including critical review of an evidence base, and formulation of a research question 2 Use qualitative and/or quantitative research methods to formulate a research design as appropriate for the context of the research 3 Identify relevant ethical aspects of a research project and ethically justifiable approaches to these 4 Describe and enact collaborative working relationships with key stakeholders in a research project (including but not limited to the supervisor) 5 Prepare and present an analysis of collected data using appropriate terminology and referencing
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)
1-5 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, 5 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
3, 4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-3, 5 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
1-5 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
Required ResourcesAccess to bibliographic databases, peer-reviewed journals, and relevant soft-ware for the analysis.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course entails independent research undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor, with whom the student meets weekly.
Where a student has not previously acquired specific skills that support efficient research (e.g., search strategies, organising data), they will participate in appropriate workshops or on-line learning.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact hours: Up to one hour per week of supervision, plus skills development seminar or on-line learning of up to 5 hours. This course represents a full-time learning load (12 units) for students during their final semester of their Masters degree (research pathway).
Learning Activities SummaryRefer to Course Coordinator.
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe student will, under the guidance of their supervisor, develop an individual work plan and a schedule of meetings for supervision. The supervisor will also offer guidance regarding additional training or skills-development to be undertaken.
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Research proposal Summative 10% 1-4 Seminar presentation Formative 0% 1, 2, 5 Literature review Summative 30% 1-4 Research dissertation Summative 60% 1-5
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailResearch proposal (10%)
A dissertation proposal (750-1000 words) is to be lodged by four weeks prior to the start of the semester. This will be directed and approved by a supervisor, and it will describe the research question, the chief scholarly elements in the field of study, and nominate the principal supervisor.
Seminar Presentation (0%)
Between Week 4 and 6, students will present a seminar (up to 15 minutes plus questions) regarding proposed research, demonstrating awareness of the relevant literature and ability to justify the proposed research.
Literature Review (30%)
Feedback from the seminar may be useful in preparation of the Literature Review (approximately 4,000 words) for the Research Dissertation.
Research Dissertation (60%)
By the end of enrolment students are required to submit a research thesis in the form of a paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal plus a candidate statement which includes a contribution statement, the instructions to authors for the targeted journal (including stipulated word limits), a short statement locating the study in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, and description of preceding work if this is part of a larger study. Subject to the targeted journal, the word count for the dissertation itself should be between 2,500 and 7,000 words. Guidance regarding the preparation of a manuscript for submission to a journal will be provided during the regularly scheduled supervision sessions and standards for assessment will be provided.
The dissertation will be examined by two examiners, who will normally be members of academic staff of the University, or affiliated academic titleholders, and who are most likely to be familiar with your research topic and/or methodology. The grading matrix will be provided via MyUni.
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