PUB HLTH 7011 - Thesis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

The course aims to develop in student the capacity to work independently under the guidance of a supervisor to carry out research and to effectively communicate the need for, process of, and results of the research. Each student will develop a research proposal and a literature review, present a seminar regarding their research, and prepare an individual research dissertation that exhibits original investigation, analysis and reviewed journal, with additional supporting material.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 7011
    Course Thesis
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact Up to 1 hour per week supervision, plus skill development seminars or on-line learning of up to five hours as needed.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PUB HLTH 7078 or equivalent
    Assumed Knowledge Grad Dip Couns Psych
    Restrictions Available to M. Counselling & Psychotherapy students only
    Course Description The course aims to develop in student the capacity to work independently under the guidance of a supervisor to carry out research and to effectively communicate the need for, process of, and results of the research. Each student will develop a research proposal and a literature review, present a seminar regarding their research, and prepare an individual research dissertation that exhibits original investigation, analysis and reviewed journal, with additional supporting material.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Teresa Burgess

    Course Coordinator: Teresa Burgess
    Phone: +61 8313 3468
    Email: teresa.burgess@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 9, AHMS Building, North Terrace

    Student & Program Support Services Hub
    Email: askhealthsc@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: +61 8313 027
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
     
    1.  Successfully 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 conduct effective literature searches, critically appraise the literature, and compile information.

    3.  Select and use an appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology to investigate a research problem or issue relevant to Counselling and/or Public Health.

    4.  Identify and communicate the ethical dimensions of research and demonstrate the skills and attitudes of an ethical researcher.

    5. Use appropriate communication style and terminology to present evidence-based ideas effectively, whether within a research seminar or 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)
    1 - 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
    1 - 4
    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, 4, 5
    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 3, 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
    1, 2, 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
    1 - 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    None
    Online Learning
    N/A
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    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 or on-line learning, early in their period of enrolment (ie in the first half of the first semester of a full-time enrolment).
    Workload

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

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

    The research dissertation 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.

    1. Research Proposal: To be lodged by four weeks prior to the start of the first semester of enrolmment

    2. Ethics Application: If applicable, to be lodged as soon as practical, prefereably prior to enrolment

    3. Independent Research: Undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor

    4. Literature Review: A literature review of about 4,000 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: About a 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

    6. Written Dissertation: The results of the research are submitted in the form of a paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal (between 2,500 and 7,000 words depending on the author guidelines for the chosen journal); or, if negotiated with the course coordinator, a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words

    7. Contextual Statement: Accompanying statement locating the study in the field of counselling and/or public health.
    Specific Course Requirements
    None
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    N/A
  • 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 Related Requirements
    None
    Assessment Detail
    Submission
    Refer to PUB HLTH 7119

    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/001596/1/sem-1/
    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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