PUB HLTH 7153 - Major Research Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course will provide training in research skills including planning and conducting a research project in public health, and will include a series of workshop on topics including research planning and skills, data management, oral and written presentation. Assessment will be in the form of a project report and oral presentation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 7153
    Course Major Research Project
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 16 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PUB HLTH 7300OL
    Incompatible PUB HLTH 7119, PUB HLTH 7122A, PUB HLTH 7122B, PUB HLTH 7133A, PUB HLTH 7133B, PUB HLTH 7134A, PUB HLTH 7134B and PUB HLTH 7095EX
    Assumed Knowledge Completed course courses for Master of Public Health
    Restrictions Available to MPH students only
    Course Description This course will provide training in research skills including planning and conducting a research project in public health, and will include a series of workshop on topics including research planning and skills, data management, oral and written presentation. Assessment will be in the form of a project report and oral presentation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Rothmore

    Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Rothmore

    Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Rothmore
    Phone: +61 8313 3568
    Location: Level 9, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building

    Student & Program Support Services Hub
    Phone: +61 8313 0273
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate the skills required to conduct independent research, including the ability to obtain data, analyse data and draw  inferences and make appropriate conclusions based on the analysis.
    2 Identify and communicate the ethical dimensions of research and demonstrate the skills and attitudes of an ethical researcher.
    3 Use appropriate written and oral communication style and terminology to present evidence-based ideas effectively.
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Access to bibliographic databases and peer-reviewed journals and relevant software for analysis.

    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    In this course students will undertake an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

    Workshops will be available throughout semester to support student learning and development of research skills including oral presentation skills.


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

    The major research project is a 6 unit course equivalent to approximately 20 hours of work per week.

    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is one where independent research is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor, with whom the student meets regularly across the semester.

    Supervisors and project areas will be available for students to consider via the Major Research Project booklet available in the semester prior to that in which the linked Developing a Research Proposal course is offered.

    The timing of research project activities is to be negotiated between the student and the supervisor in the first week of the course, dependent on their schedule and research-project requirements.

    Students will record research activities in a research logbook and will meet regularly with their supervisor (usually fortnightly) to discuss the progress of their research and review activities and data management via their research logbook.

    An initial meeting with the Course Coordinator will be scheduled at the commencement of the Semester to:

    - confirm project topics based on the proposals previously developed by students in the linked course

    - discuss preparation of the research project plan

    - discuss assessment requirements

    Workshops will be scheduled throughout semester on tpics such as oral scientific communication and presentation skills

    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • 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 Due Date Weighting Course Learning
    Research Project Plan Week 2 0% 1 - 3
    Research Logbook Week 10 20% 1 - 3
    Supervisor Assessments Week 12 15% 1 - 3
    Oral Presentation Week 12 15% 1 - 3
    Project Report Week 13 50% 1 - 3

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    Research project management plan (0%, due end Week 3): Students are required to complete a Student Learning Agreement confirming agreement on research topic, supervision arrangements and meeting times, and a project management plan including a project Gannt chart (this would normally be based on the research proposal developed in the linked course PUB HLTH 7003OL Developing a Research Proposal)

    Research logbook (20%, due end Week 10): The logbook documents progress towards completion of the research project, including documenting activities undertaken, problems encountered and skills developed, in addition to reflection regarding the learning that is occurring.

    Supervisor assessment (15%, Week 12): Supervisors will submit an assessment of the student’s management of their research project, and demonstration of research skills in the research context, including data management and maintenance of records, appropriate conduct including ethical considerations, and project-specific skills. This assessment will be submitted in Week 12 at the end of the research project.

    Oral presentation (15%, Week 12): Students will present a 15 minute summary of their research projects including background, hypotheses, approach/methodology, results and conclusions.
    Written project report (50%, due Week 13): Students will submit a report on their research projects including background, hypotheses, approach/methodology, results and conclusions (4000 word limit).
    All assessment tasks should be submitted via CANVAS. The project supervisor should email their report to the course coordinator.

    All assessment pieces must be submitted by the specified time on the agreed due date.  You should retain a printed copy of the
    assignment submitted. Feedback will be provided on the marked assessment pieces.

    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. 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 assessmentof compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the student’s situation.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.

    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.


    If a student is dissatisfied with an assessment grade they should follow the Student Grievance Resolution 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 Coordinator 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:

    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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