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Population Health Research Project 1 (POPH40005)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codePOPH40005
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is delivered in two consecutive parts. Whilst these have separate subject codes, they are considered to be a single continuing subject of 75 credit points. At the end of the first part, students will receive a CNT (Continuing – ongoing) grade. At the completion of the second part, students will receive an overall result for the subject.

Information provided here applies to both parts of the subject:

POPH40005 POPH40006

The subject provides the student with an opportunity to design and conduct an original research project under the supervision of an academic staff member in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health from February to November. The student will be introduced to methods to search and summarise the published research literature relevant to the topic of their honours project. They will be trained in the formulation of a research question and the elements of research design. The research project may involve quantitative or qualitative research, ethical, legal or policy analysis, or health program evaluation. As well as written and oral presentation of the research, in most cases it is also expected that the work will culminate in an original research publication.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should have demonstrated their ability to:

  • Select, summarise and critically appraise published research in an area of population health
  • Formulate a research question based upon a synthesis of the published research evidence
  • Design and justify an appropriate research design to answer a research question in population health
  • Conduct supervised research in a specific area of population health research
  • Communicate the method and findings of a research project in oral and written form

Generic skills

  • Use and evaluate scientific literature
  • Apply their understanding to the design and implementation of a research plan
  • Acquire, analyse, evaluate and interpret data using appropriate techniques
  • Communicate advanced concepts in their discipline in written and oral form
  • Exercise responsibility for their own learning
  • Work effectively in teams, both collaboratively and independently
  • Manage their time effectively

Last updated: 21 September 2019