University of Technology Sydney

96736 Research Project 1

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 12 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks


This subject, together with 96737 Research Project (Part 2), offers an opportunity for advanced training in public health research, facilitating individual and effective learning, through a thesis or research project component in public health or nursing. Students independently investigate an issue of relevance to public health or nursing and learn how to structure and investigate research problems and questions. This includes the development of hypotheses, objectives and aims of their research project, as well as the identification and application of appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Develop hypothesis, objectives, and aims of an issue of relevance to public health or nursing
B. Create a research and analysis plan enabling hypothesis testing, including study design, measurements, data collection methods, ethical review
C. Critically appraise the current body of knowledge regarding the chosen topic

Teaching and learning strategies

An individual learning contract will be negotiated between student and supervisor, including the thesis/research project topic. Regular support (on-campus and online) will be provided through supervision meetings as well as formal and formative feedback throughout the subject. Students will develop their skills as independent researchers and are expected to work independently on their research projects with guidance and mentorship from their supervisor.


Assessment task 1: Research Proposal Part 1


To assess students’ ability to identify a knowledge gap in public health.

Weight: 50%

Approx. 1,500 words

Assessment task 2: Research Proposal Part 2


To assess students’ ability to identify appropriate public health research methods.

Weight: 50%

Approx. 1,500 words

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Improve your academic and English language skills
Marks for all assessment tasks such as assignments and examinations are given not only for what you write but also for how you write. If you would like the opportunity to improve your academic and English language skills, make an appointment with the HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support) Service in Student Services.

HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
HELPS provides assistance with English language proficiency and academic language. Students who need to develop their written and/or spoken English should make use of the free services offered by HELPS, including academic language workshops, vacation intensive courses, drop-in consultations, individual appointments and Conversations@UTS ( HELPS staff are also available for drop-in consultations at the UTS Library. Phone (02) 9514 9733.

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