PUB HLTH 3006EX - International Public Health Experience 2

External - Winter - 2017

This course consists of an intensive overseas study tour introducing public health students to international culture and society and providing a visit to an overseas partner institution and participation in academic seminars and/or cultural activities. The course is designed to give students a global perspective of public health issues and students will undertake group activities and will learn to analyse intercultural experience critically and to develop their ability to communicate and empathise in an international context.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 3006EX
    Course International Public Health Experience 2
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s External
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 50 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Entry into the course is based on GPA, written application and there may also be an interview
    Restrictions Students are required to have completed at least 36 units of study and completed 6 units of public health at level I and at least 6 units of public health at level II
    Assessment Participation, reflective journal, oral presentation and research report
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Peng Bi

    Course Coordinator: Peng Bi
    Phone: +61 8313 3583
    Location: Level 8, Hughes 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 Identify and reflect on the cultural and social context of public health policies and systems in different countries
    2 Demonstrate excellent communication skills
    3 Identify and access information sources and appraise and synthesise the evidence to inform public health policy and practice in different countries
    4 Display knowledge of global health issues
    5 Critically identify and investigate the elements of a public health initiative
    6 Work in teams to solve problems
    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, 3, 4, 5
    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
    2, 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
    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
    1, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Background material relevant to the study tour will be provided to students prior to departure.  Students will also identify and source relevant information as they progress through this course.
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
    MyUni is the primary entry point to online learning at Adelaide University. MyUni provides students and staff with access to  course materials, discussion forums, announcements, online and many other features to help manage your study or teaching. You can  connect to MyUni on or off campus from an internet connected computer using a Web browser. The URL is:

    Login to this resource using your Username and Password. Once logged on to MyUni, you will find the information displayed is customised to present only details relevant to you and the online content for courses that you are studying.

    For enquiries about online education services, what’s available and access, contact the Online Education Helpdesk:
    Phone: (08)8313 3000
    TheHelpdesk is available for extended hours during the week or through voicemail. In the International Public Health Experience,  you will be expected to use MyUni for a number of purposes:
    · Accessing announcements about changes in scheduling, course information etc.
    · Accessing seminar notes in pdf format
    · Electronic submission of assignments
    ·Posting questions of an academic nature (eg, about assignments), the answers to which would be of interest to other students.   Such questions must be posted to the Discussion Board.· Students are strongly encouraged to provide answers to each other's questions on the Discussion Board. Only questions of a  more personal nature such as requests for extension should go directly to the coordinator.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    1. Small group work:  students will work in groups to undertake a project

    2. Seminars/Lectures – seminars will be provided throughout the course, tailored to the specific study tour.

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

    Approximately 50 hours of contact time.
    Learning Activities Summary
    1. Experiences:  students participate in a project and/or activities and in doing so practice and apply their skills in reflection, analysis and communication.

    2. Seminars: Seminars relevant to the international experience will be provided during the tour.
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course requires students to participate in study tour outside of Australia.  Students may need to attend pre-departure meetings.

    Selection into the course will be based on a combination of GPA, responses to application questions, and may require a short interview. Places are limited and priority will be given to students undertaking a Public Health major.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The international experience will be undertaken in small groups.  Students will reflect on their experience in small groups and give  presentations to other participants and stakeholders.
  • 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 Assesment  Type Weighting Learning course objective(s) being addressed
    Participation Summative 10% 1, 2, 6
    Reflective Journal Summative 20% 1, 4, 5
    Presentation Summative 20% 1-6
    Research Project Summative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    Participation (10%):
    10% will be allocated to participation in activities related to the Study tour.

    Reflective journal (20%):
    The reflective journal is for students to reflect upon their learning experiences. As a guide, this should be between 1,500 to 2,000  words over the study tour. Students are required to write journal entries and the academic supervisors may ask the students to  comment from their journal. 

    Presentation (20%):
    Presentations on the project undertaken will form 20% of the assessment and occur during the study tour.  

    Project report (50%): 3000-4000 words
    Students will be required to submit a 3000-4000 word report based on the project presented and researched during the study tour.
    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.

    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 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:

    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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    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 ( 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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