HLTH SC 2105 - Reflect. Research. Resolve Questions in Health

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This course involves the interactive, student-centred exploration of specific real-world health problems written to stimulate collaborative analysis and investigation. Students will work in teams to consider contemporary health challenges from a range of perspectives (medical science, public health etc.) and further develop their research, problem solving and teamwork skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HLTH SC 2105
    Course Reflect. Research. Resolve Questions in Health
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites HLTH SC 1002
    Incompatible HLTH SC 2012
    Restrictions Available to BHlthMedSci students only
    Course Description This course involves the interactive, student-centred exploration of specific real-world health problems written to stimulate collaborative analysis and investigation. Students will work in teams to consider contemporary health challenges from a range of perspectives (medical science, public health etc.) and further develop their research, problem solving and teamwork skills.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kent Algate

    Dr Kent Algate
    Dr Paul Rothmore
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Apply analytic and critical thinking skills to develop potential solutions to contemporary national and global health challenges.
    2. Apply basic public health and pathophysiology concepts
    3. Construct reasoned arguments
    4. Demonstrate effective teamwork and small group collaborative skills
    5. Critically evaluate articles drawn from the literature relevant to their module of choice

    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
    Readings and web links will be made available through MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will engage students in the exploration of big health challenges for Australia and internationally.

    The first week of the course will be used to introduce the course framework and explain the learning approaches.

    Following this, students will attend workshops based on their chosen health topic (from a choice of 1 out of 4 health challenges) which will take place on a by-weekly manner in conjuction with by-weekly research methods lectures. 

    The formate for each week will be as follows:

    Week 1: 1 hour lecture + 2 hour online activity 
    Week 2: 2 hour interactive workshop + 1 hour SGDE

    Week 3: 1 hour lecture + 2 hour online activity

    Week 4: 2 hour interactive workshop + 1 hour SGDE

    Week 5: 1 hour lecture + 2 hour online activity

    Week 6: 2 hour interactive workshop + 1 hour SGDE

    Week 7: 1 hour lecture + 2 hour online activity

    Week 8: 2 hour interactive workshop + 1 hour SGDE

    Week 9: 1 hour lecture + 2 hour online activity

    Week 10: 2 hour interactive workshop + 1 hour SGDE

    Week 11: 1 hour lecture + 2 hour online activity

    In week 12, students will present the outcomes of their SGDE in a poster at a presentation showcase.


    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.

    Please refer to MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Conceptual organisation: Students will choose 2 from a choice of 4 health challenges which they will explore through on-line materials, seminars (of about 50 students) and SGDE (groups of 5 students). The health challenges will be chosen from the following areas with more details about the specific topic within these fields to be released next year.

    1. Neurosciences
    2. Addiction and Mental Health
    3. Nutritional Health
    4. Maternal Health

    Students will address each health challenge using a framework that covers the full range of health and illness determinants, from the biological to the global.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will be put into groups (typically of five) and assigned a mentor. The group will be mentored to prepare for a poster on one of the 4 topics covered through the course.
  • 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
    Research Proposal - 50%
    Part A: Literature review & draft aims/objectives (20%)
    Part B: Final resereach proposal (30%)
    Online quizzes - 15%
    Participation in module workshops 
    - 5%
    Group poster - 25%
    Participation in poster presentation - 5%

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
    1. The SGD group oral presentation MAY be modified pending future changes to the social distance restrictions. If face-to-face teaching has not returned by the end of the semester, the oral presentation may be submitted as a video version. This is to be confirmed at a later date.
    2. As remaining assessment in the course is mainly written or online quizzes, no modifications are required.
    Assessment Detail
    Research Proposal
    Each student will participate in a health stream module focusing on a particular health issue (i.e. musculoskeletal health injury in the workplace). As part of the health stream module, students will be required to write a research proposal that aims to resolve a specific aspect of their health issue focus.
    Part A: will include a literature review of the current understanding of the health issue, contemporary intervetions and existing gaps in knowledge. Part A will also include a draft of the proposed aims and objectives of the study.
    Part B: will include a structured research proposal which aims to resolve the health issue. This includes a clear and concise background covering the health issue, aims and objectives, methodology used in the study, expected outcomes and the identification of the hypothetical research team roles and responsibilities. 

    Online Quizzes 
    Students will be required to answer a series of short questions (MCQs/TF/Matching) on each week's topics to consolidate their learning from that week. This will inlcude both a pre-workshop and post-workshop quiz, covering lectures and health stream specific online and interactive workshop material.

    Participation in Module Workshops
    Students will be expected to interact and engage in workshop activities throughout the semester. Workshop attendance is expected, as it consolidates and applies content delivered in each specific health stream while building the foundation of the research proposal. 

    Group Poster (RRRs Grand Challenge)
    As part of the small group discovery students must work together to produce a scientific poster on their particular research topic, which discusses the background and a potential solution to their topic of choice. Students will be invovled with a poster expo where they present their reseach strategy to their class cohort.
    Please refer to MyUni.
    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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