PUB HLTH 7133B - MPH Thesis Part B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course is one where independent research is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor, with whom the student meets weekly across two semesters (Part A and Part B). The product of the research will be either a thesis of up to 30,000 words or at least two research manuscripts prepared for publication.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 7133B
    Course MPH Thesis Part B
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 24
    Contact 1 hour per week (plus up to 47 hours independent research)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Incompatible PUB HLTH 7119, PUB HTLH 7122, PUB HLTH 7153
    Assumed Knowledge Completed core courses for Master of Public Health
    Restrictions Available to MPH students only
    Course Description This course is one where independent research is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor, with whom the student meets weekly across two semesters (Part A and Part B). The product of the research will be either a thesis of up to 30,000 words or at least two research manuscripts prepared for publication.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Teresa Burgess

    Course Coordinator: Dr Teresa Burgess
    Phone: +61 8313 3468
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace

    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 Collaborate with colleagues and supervisor(s) in the development, design and execution of a research project.
    2 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.
    3 Select and use an appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology to investigate a research problem or issue relevant to Public Health.
    4 Identify and communicate the ethical dimensions of research and demonstrate the skills and attitudes of an ethical researcher.
    5 Use appropriate written and oral communication style and terminology to present evidence-based ideas effectively whether within a  research seminar, conference presentation, or via academic writing.
    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 original research project under the guidance of a supervisor. Workshops   scheduled at 4 key stages throughout semester will support student learning and development of research skills including oral  presentation skills. Students will be expected to communicate about their research project in a variety of modalities.

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

    The research thesis is a 24 unit course in total – each part is a 12 unit course, and this is equivalent to a full-time commitment of one semester (generally 40 hours per week over an extended semester of five months) or half-time over two semesters (20 hours per week over ten months).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Milestones Item Description
    1* Research Proposal To be lodged by week 2 of the first semester of enrolment.
    2* Ethics Application If applicable, to be lodged as soon as practical, preferably prior to enrolment
    3* Independent Research Undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor
    4* Literature Review A literature review of about 4,500 words is to be prepared, to provide context for the research,
    and identify the gaps in current knowledge to be addressed in the research
    5* Seminar Presentation
    - Proposal
    A seminar is presented regarding the proposed research and summarising the literature review.
    6 Seminar Presentation
    - Final
    About a month before submission a seminar is presented regarding the research undertaken.
    7 Written Thesis The results of the research are submitted in the form of either:  

    a) a thesis of no more than 30,000 words
    b) at least two manuscripts suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal (between 4000 and  7,000 words depending on the author guidelines for the chosen journal)
    * NOTE these are outputs delieved in Thesis Part A
    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 Assessment Type Weighting Learning course objective(s) being addressed
    Research proposal Formative 0% 1-3, 5
    Literature review Summative 20% 1-5
    Seminar presentation Summative 10% 1-5
    Thesis Summative 70% 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    Research proposal (0%, 750-1000 words, due by week 2 of Thesis Part A semester)
    A brief outline of the field of the proposed study, the research question to be investigated and the approach to be taken. The  proposal should identify the supervisors, need for ethics approval and possible target journals for manuscripts produced from the research.

    Research proposal and literature review presentation (0%, due week 6 of Thesis Part A)
    Students will present a 15 minute summary of their research proposal and literature review including research question,  hypotheses, approach/methodology and planned analysis. This task will be scheduled during the regular weekly School of Public  Health research seminar.

    Literature review (20%, 4,500 words, due Week 8 of Thesis Part A semester)
    A literature review of 4,500 words (excluding references) is to be prepared, to provide context for the research, and identify the  gaps in current knowledge to be addressed in the research.

    Seminar presentation (10%, due Week 12 of Thesis Part B semester)
    Students will present a 15 minute summary of their research projects including background, hypotheses, approach/methodology,  results and conclusions. This task will be scheduled during the regular weekly School of Public Health research seminar.

    Thesis (70%, due Week 13 of Thesis Part B semester)
    Students will submit a report on their research projects including background, hypotheses, approach/methodology, results and  conclusions (30,000 word limit), either in the form of a written thesis with multiple chapters, or at least two manuscripts suitable for  submission to a peer-reviewed journal (between 4000 and 7,000 words depending on the author guidelines for the chosen journal).
    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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