DENT 7008 - Population Oral Health Dissertation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The Population Oral Health Dissertation provides an opportunity for the student, under supervision from an experienced researcher, to design and execute a research project in an area of population oral health. Following preparatory work and the research, the student will prepare a dissertation (conventional written narrative, publication, or a combination of conventional and publication formats) embodying the results of original investigation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7008
    Course Population Oral Health Dissertation
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact 1 x 1 hour meeting with supervisors weekly to fortnightly
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PUB HLTH 7300OL Developing a Research Proposal
    Incompatible PUB HLTH 7133A/B Public Health Research Thesis Pt A/B, PUB HLTH 7119 Public Health Dissertation, PUB HLTH 7009A/B Population Oral Health Research Thesis Part A/B
    Assumed Knowledge Completed core courses for Master of Public Health (Oral Health Specialisation)
    Restrictions Available to MPH students (Oral Health Specialisation) only.
    Course Description The Population Oral Health Dissertation provides an opportunity for the student, under supervision from an experienced researcher, to design and execute a research project in an area of population oral health. Following preparatory work and the research, the student will prepare a dissertation (conventional written narrative, publication, or a combination of conventional and publication formats) embodying the results of original investigation.
    Course Staff
    Dr Jane Harford
    Course Timetable

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

    Details will be posted on MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Critically appraise research evidence in a specific area relevant to population oral health.
    2 Formulate a research question relevant to population oral health.
    3 Select and justify an appropriate research design to investigate the research question.
    4 Demonstrate the skills required to conduct a research project and analyse and interpret research findings.
    5 Identify and communicate the ethical dimensions of research and demonstrate the skills and attitudes of an ethical researcher.
    6 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)
    1,2,3,4
    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
    1,2,3,4,5
    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
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    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
    5
    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
    5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Access to bibliographic databases and peer-reviewed journals and relevant software for analysis.
    Recommended Resources
    Access to bibliographic databases and peer-reviewed journals and relevant software for analysis.
    Online Learning
    All relevant material posted on Canvas, all announcements will be communicated via Canvas. All written assessment tasks will be submitted via Canvas/Turnitin.
  • 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 meet sregularly across the semester. Online resources or workshops to assist in the development of specific skills (e.g. Endnote, Word for long documents) will be made available to students to support their research.

    If students have not already completed PUB HLTH 7300OL ‘Developing a research proposal’ as part of their coursework, they willhave
    access to it to support the development of their research proposal and literature review. Workshops scheduled at key stages throughout the semester will support student learning and development of research skills including oral presentation skills.
    Workload

    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
    In this course, independent research is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor, with whom the student meets regularly across the semester. On-line resources or workshops to assist in the development of preliminary skills (e.g. Endnote, Word for long documents) will be made available to students to support their research.

    Milestone Item Description
     1 Research proposal To be lodged by week 2 of the 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 up to 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 Students will present a seminar regarding the research undertaken.
    6 Written manuscript 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.
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    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 task Task type Weighting Course learning outcome(s)
     Research proposal Formative 0% 1,2,3,5
    Literature review Summative 20% 1,2,3,4,5
    Seminar presentation Summative 10% 1,2,3,4,5
    Thesis Summative 70% 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    N/A
    Assessment Detail
    Research proposal
    The research proposal should present a case for the research and a description of the work that will be undertaken. This is presented early in the candidature and provides a basis for the completion of the dissertation (weighting 0%)

    Literature review
    The literature review shall be up to 4,000 words (weighting 20%)

    Oral Presentation
    Students will present a seminar regarding the research undertaken (weighting 10%)

    Journal article/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 (weighting 70%)

    The manuscripts/thesis should be submitted electronically via Canvas/Turnitin.
    Submission
    The manuscripts/thesis should be submitted electronically via Canvas/Turnitin.
    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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