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HSH219 - Population Health: A Research Perspective

Year:

2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jan Garrard
Prerequisite:

HBS108 or HSH205

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

HSH319

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2 hour online seminar per week

Content

This unit focuses on the common research methods used in population health reinforcing and building upon what students have gained from previous units such as HBS108 Health Information and Data and HSH205 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1. The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the principles and practices of research in public health and health promotion with a focus on current population health issues using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. The unit is designed to equip students with the basic knowledge and skills required to conduct research which addresses population health questions including the development and expression of research aims, questions and hypotheses; the application of appropriate research methods specific to research questions; and the different ways of collecting data in various research settings. Students will learn and apply practical skills in the conduct of population health research in areas such as sampling; the design and conduct of quantitative studies including questionnaire design and piloting; and conducting qualitative studies including interview and focus group discussions, transcription and analysis of qualitative data.

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Formulate study design specific research aims, questions and hypothesis.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

ULO2

Identify and apply theoretical frameworks to inform study designs in population health.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO3

Devise and apply processes for sampling and recruitment in both quantitative and qualitative study designs.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Develop, design, justify and conduct quantitative studies including questionnaire construction and testing.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management

ULO5

Develop, design, justify and conduct qualitative studies including interviewing, transcription and analysis.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management

Assessment

Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Written assignment 800 words equivalent 20%
  • Week 5
Assessment 2: Qualitative research assignment 1,800 words equivalent 45%
  • Week 8
Assessment 3: Quantitative research assignment 1,400 words equivalent 35%
  • Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

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The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: HSH219 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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