PUB HLTH 7134A - MPH Thesis (Two-Year) Continuing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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 7134A
    Course MPH Thesis (Two-Year) Continuing
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact 1 hour per week (plus up to 47 hours independent research)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Incompatible PUB HLTH 7119, PUB HTLH 7122A, PUB HTLH 7122B, 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: Professor Peng Bi

    Course Coordinator: Prof. Peng Bi

    Location: Level 4, Rundle Mall Plaza, 50 Rundle Mall, Adelaide. 5000
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3583

    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • 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. Students will be expected to communicate about their research project in a variety of modalities.

    This course is one where independent research is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor, with whom the student meets fortnightly across two semesters.Where a student has not previously acquired specific skills that support efficient research (eg search  strategies, organising data) they will participate in appropriate workshops, courses or on-line learning, early in their period of enrolment.

    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
    On-line resources or workshops to assist in the development of preliminary skills (eg Endnote, Word for long documents) will be made available to students to support their research.

    Milestones Item Description
    1 Research Proposal To be lodged by four weeks prior to the start 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
    In the month before submission for a full-time enrolment, and mid-second semester for a part-time
    enrolment, 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 delivered in Thesis Part B
    Specific Course Requirements
  • 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 prior to enrolment in Thesis Part A semester)
    A brief outline of the field of the proposed study, the research question to be investigated and the pproach 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.

    Literature review (20%, 4,500 words, due Week 12 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 10 of Thesis Part B semester)
     Students will present a 15 minute summary of their research projects including background, hypotheses, approach/methodology,  results and conclusions.

    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:

    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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