PUB HLTH 4400A - Honours Thesis Part I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 4400A Course Honours Thesis Part I Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PUB HLTH 4500OL Restrictions Available to HHLTH and HMEDS students only Course Description The course involves a series of tasks necessary for the preparation of the Honours thesis, including the selection of a topic and supervisor, preparation of a research proposal (core coursework 3 units), ethics application, seminar presentations, data collection, data analysis, the write-up of the thesis, including the completion of a full literature review, reporting of results and thesis submission. A small number of information seminars will be held to assist students with their thesis writing and to plan out future course-work applications.
Course Coordinator: Dr Adriana Milazzo
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
Critically appraise research evidence in a specific area relevant to public health.
Formulate a research question relevant to public health.
Select and justify an appropriate research design to investigate the research question.
Demonstrate the skills required to conduct a research project and analyse and interpret research findings.
Identify and communicate the ethical dimensions of research and demonstrate the skills and attitudes of an ethical researcher.
Use appropriate communication style and terminology to present research findings effectively in oral and written forms.
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)
1-4 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, 4, 5 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
1-6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 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
4 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 ResourcesAccess to bibliographical databases and peer-reviewed journals and relevant software for analysis.
Online LearningThe primary means of communication outside of formal contact hours will be via MyUni. Announcements and discussion boards will be the main method of communicating with the student cohort. Thesis material will be supported by online resources via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is one where independent research is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor, with whom the student meets regularly across two semesters.
Students will have access to PUB HLTH 4500OL ‘Developing a Research Proposal’ a core course as part of the Honours program to support the development of their research proposal and literature review. Students will also be encouraged to attend regular sessions, facilitated by the Course Coordinator, to support them in the development and execution of their research.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Refer to Honours Coordinator.
Learning Activities SummaryRefer to Honours Coordinator.
Specific Course RequirementsRefer to Honours Coordinator.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Related RequirementsRefer to Honours Coordinator.
Assessment DetailProfessional activity: Students are required to engage in up to 10-12 hours of public health activities throughout the year demonstrating skills in either leadership, career readiness or competencies related to public health.
Activities will be recorded in a log including details about the type of activity, length of time and where the activity was undertaken.
In addition to the log, a 500-600 word summary will be written reflecting upon the experience and how it has contributed to your practice as a public health professional.
Seminar presentation: a 10-15 minute presentation of the main findings of the research/project.
Thesis: Each student will prepare a thesis describing their research. The Thesis should conform to the guidelines for submission of a manuscript for publication in a journal which is appropriate for the research field. This manuscript may be as long as reasonably necessary, but no more than 5, 000 words or by negotiation with the student’s supervisors and Honours Coordinator if longer than 5,000 words. The Thesis incorporates the literature review and also contains a methodology section; results; discussion and appendices if the material (eg. questionnaire) does not conform to a manuscript style.
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 Honours 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.
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.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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