PUB HLTH 4200A - Honours Thesis Part I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 4200A Course Honours Thesis Part I Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Prerequisites PUB HLTH 4020OL Restrictions Available to HHLTH and HMEDS students only Course Description The course involves a series of tasks necessary for the preparation of the Honours thesis, including the selection of a topic and supervisor, preparation of a research proposal (core coursework 3 units), ethics application, seminar presentations, data collection, data analysis, the write-up of the thesis, including the completion of a full literature review, reporting of results and thesis submission. A small number of information seminars will be held to assist students with their thesis writing and to plan out future course-work applications.
Course StaffHonours Coordinator: Professor Peng Bi
Phone: +61 8313 3583
Location: Level 8 Hughes Building
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 To develop the skills required to conduct independent research, including the ability to conduct effective literature searches and compile information (e.g., using Endnote) 2 To consolidate and extend knowledge into the use of statistical packages required quantitative analysis (e.g., R, SPSS and excel) and/or develop the capacity to apply advanced qualitative methods 3 To be able to develop an appropriate research methodology to investigate a research problem or issue relevant to public health 4 To appreciate the ethical and logistical issues associated with conducting an independent research project 5 To work collaboratively with other staff (supervisors) to develop and design a research project 6 To be able to communicate scientific ideas effectively. This includes the ability to consolidate and critically appraise literature, generate hypotheses, describe methodologies, present results and discuss the results in light of previous literature 7 To be able to give a research presentation in a conference-style format
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, 2, 3, 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 6, 7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesRefer to Honours Coordinator
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Refer to Honours Coordinator
Learning Activities SummaryRefer to Honours Coordinator
Specific Course RequirementsRefer to Honours Coordinator
Small Group Discovery ExperienceRefer to Honours Coordinator
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Seminar Presentation Summative 10% 1-7 Literature Review Summative 20% 1-7 Honours Thesis Summative 70% 1-7
Assessment Related RequirementsRefer to Honours Coordinator
Assessment DetailLiterature Review: 5000 words providing an overview of the background literature to the thesis research question and topic.
Seminar presentation: a 10-15 minute presentation of the main findings of the thesis presented during the School’s seminar program and assessed by the two examiners.
Thesis: The Thesis requires the preparation of a 12,000 word document. The Thesis incorporates the literature review; and also contains a methodology section; results; discussion and appendices. The Thesis is assessed by two independent markers. Mark discrepancies are then resolved through negotiation. If this fails, Theses pass to a 3rd independent marker and the two less discrepant marks determine the students’ grade. All students receive detailed written feedback on their Theses.
All cited work must be correctly and consistently referenced. Information from articles/papers must be attributed to appropriate author/s. The Reference list must only include literature referred to in the proposal. Use the Vancouver style of reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html
Guidelines for the preparation and format of the Thesis are provided in the SPH Honours Handbook The student should submit 2 soft bound copies for examination to the School Honours Coordinator. After examination and correction of minor errors, 2 hard bound copies and electronic copy are to be submitted to the School Honours Coordinator in time to meet graduation deadlines.
Students are required to submit all non-coursework assignments i.e. Research Proposal/ Research Proposal Outline and Thesis to ‘TURNITIN Assignments’ via the MyUni Blackboard platform. TURNITIN is a learning tool providing students with the opportunity to review their work and receive feedback on the originality of their written work and receive an Originality Report containing a Similarity Index. The Originality Report is to be submitted with each written submission together with the Statement of Acknowledgement of Original Work - downloadable from the School Honours MyUni pages.
For coursework assessment, students will follow the submission instructions of the individual course coordinators.
All extensions for the thesis must be requested as soon as circumstances arise and negotiated with the course coordinator. Extensions will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds.
Only the Course Coordinator may grant extensions
Documentary supporting evidence such as a medical certificate or a police report (in the case of lost computers, car & household theft etc.) will be required when requesting an extension
Students submitting examinable written work who request (and receive) an extension that takes them beyond the examination period, are advised that there is no guarantee that their grades will be finalised:
1) “in time for graduation” for Level 3 courses or post-graduate courses
2) “in time to meet usual University deadlines”.
Theses submitted late, without extension, may attract a penalty of one grade. In general, the Discipline will not accept a thesis submitted more than 7 calendar days after the due date.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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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