UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PUBH5712 Dissertation (full-time)

Credit 24 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This 24 point dissertation unit represents the equivalent of one semester of full-time study. It involves original research by the student under supervision. The dissertation gives students practice and experience in defining a clear research question, preparing a formal research proposal, conducting a review of a body of scientific literature and formal writing at a professional standard. Some dissertation projects involve detailed statistical or qualitative analysis and interpretation of a body of data. Students may collect original data specifically for the research or may analyse existing data in an original manner. Other dissertation projects are based on the analysis of published documents such as policies relating to a particular aspect of public health. Students undertaking such a dissertation are expected to collate, integrate and appraise critically the relevant literature, and evaluate current practice and policy in light of the literature. Other methods of enquiry may also be permitted. Students are encouraged to choose their own topics. Projects relevant to their work may be suitable. Students are also encouraged to undertake projects that are suitable for publication in the professional literature, though this is not a requirement. In all cases, the topic of the dissertation and the research plan must be approved by the Head of the School of Population Health.
Assessment Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Assistant Professor Ian Li
Unit rules
Prerequisites: A mark of at least 65 per cent in both PUBH4401 Biostatistics I, and PUBH4403 Epidemiology I for quantitative projects; a mark of at least 65 per cent in both PUBH4403 Epidemiology I, and PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods in Health for qualitative projects
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PUBH5712/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PUBH5712/SEM-2/2017
Note Students can choose to take PUBH5712 Dissertation (full-time) in semester one or semester two. Alternatively, students can take PUBH5714 Dissertation (part-time) in Semester 1 and Semester 2.

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