Minor Thesis Part I

Course code PUBH6850Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Consolidates the knowledge and skills acquired during the period of coursework study by applying them to a practical research project. In Minor Thesis Part I the student commences a relationship with a supervisor with whom s/he will work for the duration of the research project. Part I requires the completion of a literature review, the development of a suitable study protocol and the seeking of approval from relevant authorities.
Students may enrol in Minor Thesis Part I only and complete the remaining parts in subsequent semesters, or may enrol in one or more of the remaining parts concurrently.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAt the end of the course, the student will be ready to commence their research project, having:
1. commenced a relationship with a supervisor with whom s/he will work throughout the four parts;
2. conducted a literature review;
3. developed a study protocol;
4. obtained approval of relevant ethics committees or other authorities.
ContentEach student is assigned to a supervisor most appropriate to their area of research interest. Supervisors are drawn from academic staff of the School of Medical Practice and Population Health and colleagues from other Schools or health care facilities. Guided by their supervisors, with whom they make regular contact either personally or by telephone or e-mail, students conduct a literature review in their area of interest and develop a study protocol. Each protocol must be approved by the supervisor in consultation with the course co-ordinator. In preparation for the commencement of the research project, the student applies to relevant ethics committees or other authorities. Their approval must be gained before any data can be collected in Part II of Minor Thesis.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
TransitionNo new programme enrollments will be accepted
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEPID6600 with a credit grade or higher (or equivalent)
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsThe supervisor must review and approve at least one draft of each of the following:- the literature review;- the study protocol;- applications for approval.Each of these items is assessed as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Unsatisfactory assessment items are required to be rewritten based on feedback from the supervisor and resubmitted until they are judged to be satisfactory. The student is then given an Ungraded Pass for the course.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term