PUBH4404 Population Health Honours Project Part 1

12 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit.

This unit provides students with the ability to design and undertake health research and thereby contribute to the future development of population health. It provides students with the knowledge, skills and values required to conduct scientific research. It is designed to develop enhanced observational skills, relevant practical research skills, lateral thinking and problem solving, literacy and communication skills, as well as professional responsibility and ethical conduct. It also develops and consolidates students' knowledge and skills acquired during undergraduate study, with particular emphasis on using those skills in a sustained and purposeful way in conducting independent research relevant to population health.

Honours students participate in original research by the conduct of a supervised research project, a presentation of research findings and preparation of a journal-style scientific manuscript. They also participate in the School of Population and Global Health seminar program. Specifically, students implement a research plan to investigate the research question developed in the unit, collect, manage and analyse their research data using appropriate methods, interpret the results and draw conclusions using published evidence and sound scientific arguments, present a research seminar, and prepare a manuscript. Students are required to attend at least 80 per cent of the school seminar program, or equivalent, with approval of the honours coordinators. Students maintain a reflective journal of these seminars and identify the key messages of each weekly seminar attended and any relevance to their research. They are encouraged to think laterally about what is relevant to their particular project.

Parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit.
Students are able to (1) develop skills and demonstrate ability to work independently; (2) design and justify appropriate research methods; (3) critique and think laterally regarding the application of other research to their research project; (4) interpret research results within a broader public health context; (5) implement a research strategy; (6) demonstrate scholarly communication of research aims, methods, results and interpretations; (7) discuss the ethical implications associated with research; (8) effectively manage a research project; and (9) interpret and respond appropriately to feedback.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) supervisor report; (2) manuscript; and (3) research seminar. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Karen Martin
Unit rules
enrolment in honours in Population Health (HONS-PPHLT)
Contact hours
seminars: 1 hour per week; one-on one meetings with supervisors; field work and data collection
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