PUB HLTH 7122A - MPH Dissertation Part 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 7122A Course MPH Dissertation Part 1 Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PUB HLTH 7300OL Incompatible PUB HLTH 7119, PUB HTLH 7133A, PUB HTLH 7133B, PUB HLTH 7134A, PUB HLTH 7153 Restrictions Available to MPH students only Course Description The dissertation can be the final requirement of the MPH and should therefore reflect what the student has learned from the core and elective course work of the degree program. Unless exempted by the School of Public Health, the dissertation will take the form of a paper suitable for submission to an appropriate peer reviewed journal. The content of this paper must reflect the research topic. The successful completion of this paper fulfils the requirements for a dissertation.
* Exemptions will be rare but may be necessary in some circumstances to avoid significant disadvantage to a particular student.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Paul Rothmore
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course the student will be able to
1 Successfully collaborate with colleagues and supervisor(s) in the development, design and execution of a research project. 2 Demonstrate the skills required to conduct independent research, including the ability to conduct effective literature searches, critically appraise the literature, and compile information. 3 Select and use an appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology to investigate a research problem or issue relevant to Public Health. 4 Identify and communicate the ethical dimensions of research and demonstrate the skills and attitudes of an ethical researcher. 5 Use appropriate communication style and terminology to present evidence-based ideas effectively, whether within a research seminar or conference presentation, or via academic writing.
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
1-4 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
1, 4, 5 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, 2, 4 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 and peer-reviewed journals and relevant software for analysis.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is one where independent research is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor, with whom the student meets fortnightly across two semesters. Where a student has not previously acquired specific skills that support efficient research (eg search strategies, organising data) they will participate in appropriate workshops or on-line learning, early in their period of enrolment.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The research dissertation is a 12 unit course, and this is equivalent to a full-time commitment of one semester (generally 40 hours per week over an extended semester of five months) or half-time over two semesters (20 hours per week over ten months).
Learning Activities SummaryOn-line resources or workshops to assist in the development of preliminary skills (eg Endnote, Word for long documents) will be made available to students to support their research.
Milestones Item Description 1 Dissertation proposal To be lodged in week 4 of the first semester of enrolment. 2 Ethics application If applicable, to be lodged as soon as practical, preferably prior to enrolment. 3 Independent research Undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor 4 Literature review A literature review of about 4,000 words is to be prepared, to provide context for the research, and identify the gaps in current knowledge to be addressed in the research. 5 Seminar presentation In week 10 of second semester for a part-time enrolment, a seminar is presented regarding the research undertaken. 6 Written dissertation The results of the research are submitted in the form of a paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal (between 2,500 and 7,000 words depending on the author guidelines for the chosen journal); or, if negotiated with the course coordinator, a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words
Specific Course RequirementsNone
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Research Proposal Formative Hurdle 1-5 Literature Review Summative 20% 2,4,5 Seminar Summative 10% 1-5 Journal article / dissertation Summative 70% 1-5
Assessment Related RequirementsNone
Assessment DetailDissertation Research Proposal: Students will present a Dissertation Research Proposal of about 1000 words excluding references, together with a Student Learning Agreement signed by their supervisor indicating willingness to supervise the research proposed. This proposal must be submitted in week 4 of the first semester of enrolment.
Literature Review: The Literature Review should extend the work of the research proposal and provide the context for the research, clearly specifying existing research gaps. It should also include discussion of the significance and innovation of
the proposed research, including how the research will advance the field, fill knowledge gaps, or address specific challenges or roadblocks, and how it is unique and new.
Oral presentation: Students will present a 15 minute summary of their research projects including background, hypotheses, approach/methodology, results and conclusions. This task will be scheduled toward the end of the second Semester.
Written Dissertation: The results of the research are submitted in the form of a paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal (between 2,500 and 7,000 words depending on the author guidelines for the chosen journal) or, if negotiated with the
course coordinator, a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.
All extensions for assignments must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of submission. Extensions will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds. Supporting documentation must be provided at the time a student requests an extension. Without documentation, extensions will not be granted. Late requests for extension will neither be accepted nor acknowledged.
Only the Course Co-ordinator(s) may grant extensions.
Supporting documentation will be required when requesting an extension. Examples of documents that are acceptable include: a medical certificate that specifies dates of incapacity, a police report (in the case of lost computers, car & household theft etc.), a letter from a Student Counsellor, Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) or Disability Liaison Officer that provides an assessment of compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the student’s situation. The length of any extension granted will take into account the period and severity of any incapacity or impact on the student. Extensions of more than 10 days will not be granted except in exceptional circumstances.
Marks will be deducted when assignments for which no extension has been granted are handed in late.
All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits. In the case of late assignments where no extension has been granted, 5 percentage points of the total marks possible per day will be deducted. If an assignment that is 2 days late is awarded 65% on its merits, the mark will then be reduced by 10% (5% per day for 2 days) to 55%. If that same assignment is 4 days late, the mark will be reduced by 20% (5% per day for 4 days) to 45%, and so on.
The School of Public Health reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.
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