PUB HLTH 4200A - Honours Thesis Part I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 4300OL
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Adriana Milazzo

    Honours Coordinator: Adriana Milazzo
    Phone: +61 8313 0199
    Email: adriana.milazzo@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 Critically appraise research evidence in a specific area relevant to public health.
    2 Formulate a research question relevant to public health.
    3 Select and justify an appropriate research design to investigate the research question.
    4 Demonstrate the skills required to conduct a research project and analyse and interpret research findings.
    5 Identify and communicate the ethical dimensions of research and demonstrate the skills and attitudes of an ethical researcher.
    6 Use appropriate communication style and terminology to present research findings effectively in oral and written forms.
    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)
    1-4
    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, 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
    1-6
    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
    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
    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
    5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Access to bibliographical databases and peer-reviewed journals and relevant software for analysis.
    Recommended Resources
    N/A

    Online Learning
    N/A

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is one where independent research is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor, with whom the student meets  regularly across two semesters.

    Students will have access to PUB HLTH 4300OL ‘Developing a Research Proposal’ a core course as part of the Honours program to  support the development of their research proposal and literature review. Students will also be encouraged to attend regular  sessions, facilitated by the Course Coordinator, to support them in the development and execution of their research.
    Workload

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

    Refer to Honours Coordinator
    Learning Activities Summary
    Refer to Honours Coordinator
    Specific Course Requirements
    Refer to Honours Coordinator
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    N/A
  • 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 Weighting Learning Outcome
    Oral presentation Summative 20% 1-6
    Justification of research design and methodology Summative 10% 1, 3, 6
    Honours Thesis Summative 70% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Refer to Honours Coordinator
    Assessment Detail
    Justification of research design and methodology: In 1,000 words explain and justify your research design and methodology.

    Seminar presentation: a 10-15 minute presentation of the main findings of the thesis assessed by 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.
    Submission
    Extensions
    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.

    Late submission
    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.

    Assignments submitted after the due date may not be graded in time to be returned on the listed return dates.

    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 processed in time to meet usual University deadlines.

    Resubmission
    If a student is dissatisfied with an assessment grade they should follow the Student Grievance Resolution Process  <https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/grievance/process/>.  Students who are not satisfied with a particular assessment result should raise their concerns with Course Co-ordinator(s) in the first instance.  This must be done within 10 business days of the  date of notification of the result.  Resubmission of any assignment is subject to the agreement of the Course Co-ordinator(s) and  will only be permitted for the most compelling of reasons.
    Course Grading

    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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