Course Outline

PUB725 Health Research Project A

Course Coordinator:Katharina Merollini ( School:School of Health - Public Health

2024Semester 1


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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What is this course about?


This is a research capstone course designed to consolidate your specialist knowledge and skills in designing and communicating research on a public health and/or wellbeing priority. You will work with the teaching staff to plan a significant research project, and independently produce a literature review and research proposal. On successful completion of this course, students enrolled in SC713 will go on to conduct and report on their research project process and outcomes in PUB710 Health Research Project B.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online – 3 hrs of structured asynchronous online learning activities and an optional 1-hour online Zoom drop in session. 4hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Identifying a discipline-specific public health and wellbeing priority research topic

A systematic approach to a rapid literature review

Identifying a gap in the literature

Developing a research question

Designing a research process to address a research question

Ethical and quality considerations in health and wellbeing related research

Responding to reviewer feedback 

Communicating research

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * International Union for Health Promotion and Education
1 Design an independent research project to address a public health and wellbeing priority. Creative and critical thinker
A.2, A.3, A.8, B.8, A.9, A.11, 1.2, 1.4, 2.3, 2.5, 4.1, 4.4, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6, 7.3, 8.2, 8.3, 9.1, 9.4, 9.5
2 Source, assess, critically appraise, and synthesise complex literature and research. Empowered
A.8, 1.4, 4.1, 4.2, 5.4, 6.3, 8.3, 9.1, 9.4
3 Apply ethical and quality considerations in designing a research project. Creative and critical thinker
A.2, A.3, A.6, A.8, A.9, 1.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3, 6.6, 8.5, 9.1, 9.4, 9.5

* Competencies by Professional Body

International Union for Health Promotion and Education
A.2 Respect for the rights, dignity, confidentiality and worth of individuals and groups
A.3 Respect for all aspects of diversity including gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, ethnicity, race, and cultural beliefs
A.6 Ensuring that health promotion action is beneficial and causes no harm
A.8 Seeking the best available information and evidence needed to implement effective policies and programmes that influence health
B.8 The evidence base and research methods, including qualitative and quantitative methods, required to inform and evaluate health promotion action
A.9 The empowerment of individuals and groups to build autonomy and self respect as the basis for health promotion action
A.11 Being accountable for the quality of one's own practice and taking responsibility for maintaining and improving knowledge and skills
1.2 Use health promotion approaches which support empowerment, participation, partnership and equity to create environments and settings which promote health
1.4 Facilitate the development of personal skills that will maintain and improve health
2.3 Raise awareness of and influence public opinion on health issues
2.5 Facilitate communities and groups to articulate their needs and advocate for the resources and capacities required for health promotion action.
4.1 Use effective communication skills including written, verbal, non­verbal, and listening skills
4.2 Use information technology and other media to receive and disseminate health promotion information
4.3 Use culturally appropriate communication methods and techniques for specific groups and settings
4.4 Use interpersonal communication and groupwork skills to facilitate individuals, groups, communities and organisations to improve health and reduce health inequities.
5.4 Incorporate new knowledge to improve practice and respond to emerging challenges in health promotion
5.5 Contribute to mobilising and managing resources for health promotion action
6.1 Use participatory methods to engage stakeholders in the assessment process
6.2 Use a variety of assessment methods including quantitative and qualitative research methods
6.3 Collect, review and appraise relevant data, information and literature to inform health promotion action
6.5 Identify the health needs, existing assets and resources relevant to health promotion action
6.6 Use culturally and ethically appropriate assessment approaches
7.3 Develop a feasible action plan within resource constraints and with reference to existing needs and assets
8.2 Develop, pilot and use appropriate resources and materials
8.3 Manage the resources needed for effective implementation of planned action
8.5 Monitor the quality of the implementation process in relation to agreed goals and objectives for health promotion action.
9.1 Identify and use appropriate health promotion evaluation tools and research methods
9.4 Use research and evidence-based strategies to inform practice
9.5 Contribute to the development and dissemination of health promotion evaluation and research processes

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


NUR721 or PUB600


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Knowledge of a range of research approaches, and qualitative and quantitative research methods

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In week three (3) feedback can be provided on your draft literature review question and search strategy for Task1 Literature Review. In week eight (8) formative feedback can be provided on your research question and research proposal.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Literature Review (or component) Individual 50%
2500 words (excluding reference list and appendices such as data extraction table)
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 35%
Up to 2000 words (excluding appendices)
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 15%
Completion of template (1000 words)
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Rapid Literature Review
To source, assess, critically appraise, and synthesise complex literature and research.
Product: Literature Review (or component)
The literature review is for a professional audience/journal and must include:
*Abstract, introduction, methods/design (inclusion and exclusion criteria, search strategy, critical review process), results with full summary table, discussion (including research gaps identified) and conclusion
*Fifteen scholarly references (excluding literature review methodology references)
*Full data extraction table as an appendix.
Further details will be made available online.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Appropriateness and comprehensiveness of the literature review search process.
Quality and relevance of literature included in the review
1 2
Quality of the critical appraisal of the scholarly literature reviewed
Comprehensiveness of the synthesis of the body of knowledge relevant to the literature review question
1 2
Critical insight into knowledge gaps identified
Quality of scholarly communication, including referencing
All - Assessment Task 2:Research proposal
To develop an appropriate and rigorous research design to address a public health and wellbeing research gap, and identify and reconcile ethical and quality considerations.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
The research proposal will include the following sections: 
*Overview of literature including established research gaps; 
*Justification for and significance of the research;
*Research question/s;
*Research design including a description of and justification for your choice of epistemology, theoretical framework, methodology, data collection method(s), data analysis method(s), population/sample, ethical and quality control considerations; 
*Projected outcomes;
*A complete reference list;
*Relevant appendices.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Quality of justification in relation to the need for the research, significance of the research and projected outcomes.
1 3
Appropriateness and accuracy of the proposed research design, including theoretical underpinnings.
1 3
Appropriateness of ethical and quality considerations, and relevant strategies to address them.
1 3
Comprehensiveness and feasibility of activities and timeline proposed for the effective conduct of the research project.
1 3
Quality of scholarly communication
All - Assessment Task 3:Research proposal review response
To communicate a written response to reviewer feedback of your research proposal.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
You will develop a detailed written response outlining the changes that will be made to your proposed research using the feedback provided to you on your Task 2 Research proposal. You will be provided with a template to complete responses and proposed amendments.  
You will also track change amendments to your Task 2 Research proposal that fully reflect and align with your responses to reviewer feedback.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Appropriateness and sophistication of responses to reviewer feedback on the proposed research.
1 3
Extent of alignment between reviewer responses and amendments to the research proposal.
1 3
Quality of the communication to reviewer feedback and of amendments to research proposal.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Pranee Liamputtong 2022 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice Fourth edition Oxford University Press

Specific requirements

Students will be required to have a reliable Internet connection, a computer, a microphone headset and a webcam for Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Activities.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
a.	The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
b.	The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
c.	You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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