PUB HLTH 3123 - Evaluation in Public Health III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Building on Essentials of Epidemiology II, this course extends understanding of the range of evaluation models and designs which are applied for a broad variety of public health interventions. The course will equip students with a sound methodological understanding of quantitative and qualitative approaches and the practical knowledge and skills to apply a broad range of related methods in conducting evaluations of interventions targeting different groups. The design, conduct and reporting of evaluation will be explored in the context of the cultural, social and political dimensions of public health. Students will be equipped to both conduct and critique evaluations, and will further develop their applied research skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 3123
    Course Evaluation in Public Health III
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites PUB HLTH 2005 & at least 3 units from PUB HLTH 2100, PUB HLTH 2200
    Assumed Knowledge PUB HLTH 1001 & PUB HLTH 1002
    Course Description Building on Essentials of Epidemiology II, this course extends understanding of the range of evaluation models and designs which are applied for a broad variety of public health interventions. The course will equip students with a sound methodological understanding of quantitative and qualitative approaches and the practical knowledge and skills to apply a broad range of related methods in conducting evaluations of interventions targeting different groups. The design, conduct and reporting of evaluation will be explored in the context of the cultural, social and political dimensions of public health. Students will be equipped to both conduct and critique evaluations, and will further develop their applied research skills.
    Course Staff
    Course Coordinator: Teresa Burgess
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3468
    Email: teresa.burgess@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace

    Learning and Teaching Team
    Phone: +61 8 8313 2128
    Email: undergrad_enq@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Identify and comprehend of the relationship between program plans and evaluation plans (matrix format)
    2 Develop an awareness of a range of evaluation approaches and designs
    3 Understand the different epistemological and methodological underpinnings of quantitative and qualitative methods in evaluation
    4 Understand how to apply experimental and quasi-experimental designs in outcome evaluation and demonstrate critical appreciation of strengths, weakness and appropriateness of these designs
    5 Understand qualitative approaches to evaluation and demonstrate critical appreciation of strengths, weakness and appropriateness of these approaches
    6 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and value of participatory and naturalistic approaches to evaluation
    7 Develop and apply skills to design a small scale project evaluation selecting appropriate model and methods
    8 Identify cultural, social and political dimensions of evaluation in public health contexts
    9 Demonstrate knowledge and skills in reporting & communicating evaluation findings
    10 Gain skills to methodologically critique evaluation reports
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7-9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 9-10
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8-9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All resources will be provided through MyUni, as will all other course materials such as the course profile and timetable, notes for lectures, tutorial activities, discussion board, quizzes, and assignment information and submission (where appropriate).

    A list of selected readings will be made available at the beginning of the course and will be accessible through MyUni. While there is no set text for this course the following book will be referenced periodically and an electronic copy of this is available through the library:

    Wadsworth, Y. (2011). Everyday Evaluation on the Run (3rd ed.): Left Coast Press.
    Recommended Resources
    N/A
    Online Learning
    There are several on-line evaluation resources and useful websites available to introduce students to concepts used in the course including:

    Murrey, C., Aylward, P., Martin, M., & Cooke, R. (2005). Planning and Evaluation Wizard (PEW) from http://som.flinders.edu.au/FUSA/SACHRU/PEW/index.htm
    Managed and co-written by your friendly lecturer, this is a practical guide for community and allied health workers conducting project and program evaluation.

    Carter McNamara, Authenticity Consulting, LLC. Basic Guide to Program Evaluation
    Adapted from the Field Guide to Nonprofit Program Design, Marketing and Evaluation.
    http://managementhelp.org/evaluation/program-evaluation-guide.htm#anchor1575679

    Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care. (2001). Evaluation: A guide for good practice. In M. H. B. Health Services Division (Ed.). http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-pubs-e-evalgde

    Australasian Evaluation Society Website:
    http://www.aes.asn.au
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures are supported by interactive practicals that are designed to develop and clarify topics covered in lectures. These are generally problem-solving sessions, providing an opportunity for ‘hands on’ work with the concepts taught and applied to evaluations of a range of public health interventions. Assignments provide an opportunity to undertake in depth analysis of some key concepts of the course. The course will also utilize interactive web resources to facilitate self-directed leaning.

    Throughout the course students will work in groups during practicals to collectively and systematically develop evaluation plans selecting suitable designs, approaches and data collection methods for targeted populations.

    Visiting practitioners will provide case study evaluation examples focussing on marginalised groups to highlight the complexities and practicalities of applying real evaluation.
    Workload

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

    Students are active participants in the learning process, and we assume that you are willing and able to prepare fully for classes, to participate in discussions and to carry your share of the workload. Students will be required to work both individually and in groups and part of the assessment concerns a group presentation which all group members should contribute to equally.

    Students are expected to attend all sessions including lectures as these will directly inform following practical sessions. Attendance sheets will be kept for all practicals.

    Students should allow a minimum of three independent study hours for every hour undertaken in formal class work contact. In addition, students should allow a minimum preparation time for practicals of one hour. This means that, for Evaluation III, you will have to set aside at least a further ten hours per week for reading around topics and preparation for class activities

    You are urged to bear this in mind when planning your university timetable, particularly if you are also engaged in paid employment. In our experience, students may not be able to demonstrate their full capacity if they are working full-time and studying full-time.
    Learning Activities Summary
    See Course Handbook
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small class teaching will be conducted in practicals with a 'flipped' class being conducted in selected lectures and practicals.
  • 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 Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Quiz x2 Summative 10% 1-6
    Practical Participation Summative 5% 7
    Evaluation Design Summative 30% 1-8
    Group Presentation Summative 15% 2-6, 8-10
    Major Assignment Summative 40% 2-10
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance and active participation at practicals is compulsory. Students are expected to have prepared for these sessions through attending lectures, prior reading and reflection.
    Assessment Detail
    Participation in practical sessions - 5%

    Summative Quizzes x 2: There will be two multiple choice quizzes covering concepts addressed in the lectures, practicals and reading materials. These will be accessed through MyUni using randomly allocated questions (around 6 of 24 possible) to be answered within 15 minutes. Results will be automatically available to students.- 5% each.

    Evaluation Design: In this assignment, you are asked to critique an existing evaluation including methodology, design and outcomes and provide suggestions for improvement - 30%.

    Group Presentation: This will be a 15 minute group presentation using PowerPoint in which each group member presents. You are asked to provide an overview of three different evaluation approaches and discuss their relative strengths and weaknesses and  when you might use a particular approach. You should provide examples of evaluations which have used the approaches you have chosen and provide a short commentary on the appropriateness of the approach used. - 15%

    Major Assignment (3000-3500 words): Students will individually design an evaluation for a selected intervention addressing a  specific target group. This will include specifying the components of the intervention to be evaluated, identifying stakeholders,  designing an evaluation plan and selecting and justifying the evaluation approach adopted. - 40%
    Submission
    Written assignments will be submitted in printed form with an accompanying cover sheet (provided through MyUni):

    1) Assignments must be placed through the slot in the locked box at Reception, Discipline of Public Health, Level 7, 178 North Terrace.
    2) No assignment will be accepted by mail, e-mail or fax without prior written agreement from the Course Co-ordinator.
    3) The appropriate cover sheet must be attached to each assignment (available on MyUni).
    4) Each student submitting an assignment must also sign and date the designated class list (for this specific course and assignment) which will be sited at Reception.
    5) Assignments must be submitted by 4 pm on the due date. The locked box will be emptied every day at this time.

    Note: You should retain a printed copy of the assignment submitted.

    Assignments that are received by the due date will be marked and returned within 2 weeks. Written feedback will be provided on assignments. Re-submission will not normally be considered.


    Late submission
    Marks will be deducted when an assignment for which no extension has been granted is handed in late. The procedure is as follows: - All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits; - For late assignments, marks will then be deducted from the mark awarded, at the rate of 5 percentage points of the total possible per day.
    The Discipline reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.

    Extensions
    Extension must be requested on the last working day before an assignment is due.
    Only the Course Co-ordinator may grant an extension.

    Extensions will only be granted on medical or genuine compassionate grounds. Documentary supporting evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
    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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    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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