PUB HLTH 7300OL - Developing a Research Proposal
Online - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 7300OL Course Developing a Research Proposal Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week online plus 3 hours per week preparation Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Course Description This research preparedness course will review and reinforce student learning on the research process and enable students to produce a research proposal ready for implementation. In a series of modules, the course focuses on specific aspects of doing research including: literature searching and critical appraisal; reference management; framing the research question and determining research approaches; and ethical issues. Students will develop competence in assessing the validity of the published literature, determining the gaps in the evidence and developing a feasible study design that complies with the principles underpinning responsible research practice.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Sharyn Gaskin
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Identify a public health problem suitable for scientific investigation 2 Situate that problem within the relevant literature and existing evidence and identify gaps in the evidence about that problem (i.e. things worthy of further research) 3 Develop a (structured) research question which addresses a gap in the evidence about the problem 4 Plan an appropriate research design to investigate the research question 5 Use appropriate online databases of research evidence and reference management software 6 Apply ethical principles of research to shape or modify the research proposal
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)
1-6 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
1-6 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
N/A Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
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
6 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 ResourcesO’Leary Z. The essential guide to doing your research project. 2nd Ed, Sage Publications 2014. ISBN 978-1-4462-5897-2
A third edition of O'Leary's book (2017) is available. Reference will be made to any updates from the 2nd to 3rd edition, and indicated on MyUni.
Other resources will be available via MyUni and will include: journal articles; government reports; video resources; online data bases; web-based tutorials and activities.
Recommended ResourcesJohn W. Creswell. A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research. Sage Publications 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1483359045
Online LearningThis course will be offered completely online.
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