Epidemiology and Principles of Research (8580.3)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Online
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Public Health||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Interpret evidence based information to apply within policy and practice in public health contexts;
2. Identify research approaches and specific designs to the collection and use of data to better understand public health issues;
3. Interpret, manage and analyze health data;
4. Apply some of the principles and techniques of epidemiology to public health issues;
5. Identify a public health issue, seek relevant evidence on the topic and interpret the available evidence;
6. Understand issues relating to the application of research methods and public health ethics.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Assumed knowledgeBroad knowledge of Australian health care.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||08 February 2021||Online||Dr Indira Samarawickrema|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||Online||Dr Rati Jani|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||Online||Dr Indira Samarawickrema|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||Online||Dr Yohannes Kinfu|
Webb, P, Bain, C and A. Page 2017. Essential Epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionals, 4th edition. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 10: 1107529158 ISBN 13: 9781107529151.
Two copies of this book are available on 3-hour loans with the library call number: RA651.W43_2011. This text is also available online.
Ray M. Merrill. Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2012). Jones and Bartlett Publishers. ISBN:1449667538.
Liamputtong,P.(ed) 2016. Research Methods in Health: Foundations for evidence-based practice. OxfordUniversity. Press. Melbourne.
Liamputtong,P.(ed) 2013. Research Methods in Health: Foundations for evidence-based practice. 2nd ed. Oxford University. Press. Melbourne.
Buttner, P & Muller, R. 2015, Epidemiology. 2nd edn. Oxford University Press South Melbourne, Victoria.
Polgar, S & Thomas, SA 2008, Introduction to research in the health sciences, 5th edn, Elsevier, Edinburgh. (optional). Call number: R850.P54_2008.
Coakes, SJ, & Ong, C. 2011, SPSS version 18.0 for Windows: analysis without anguish Milton, QLD: John Wiley & Sons.Two copies of this book are available through the library: one on 7 day loan and one on 3 hour loan; call number: HA32.C63_2011.
Vancouver Referencing system guides from the library at: https://canberra.libguides.com/c.php?g=599301&p=4149536.
Riegelman, R, Studying a study and testing a test: How to read the medical evidence, 5th edn. Lippincott,Williams & Wilkins (online text through UC library).
Other useful materials
Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) – a collection of 600+ online research methodology books which "are relevant to upper level undergraduates and to potentially all postgraduates and staff researchers" (see sample results below). Access to the collection is via any of the Library's Subject Guides
or the Library Home Page (via the Databases & OtherOnline Resources (DOOR) link).
Other recommended additional references are listed in the lecture slides for this unit.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
In order to secure a passing grade, students must:
Complete and Submit all assignment items
Obtain an aggregate overall mark of at least 50%
Where applicable, all assessment items will be submitted online via the teaching site in UCLearn. The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:
Student ID number:
Word Count (if applicable):
Students' names are not to be included in any assessment tasks/submission. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the
Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures).
Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the UCLearn teaching site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.
Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.
Students can apply for an extension to the submission due date for an assessment item due to extenuating, evidenced circumstances (specific details are found in the
Assessment Procedures ). An extension must be applied for before the due date. Documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate) will be expected for an extension to be granted, however, this will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The UnitConvener or relevant Program Director/Course Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.
An Assignment Extension form is available from the Student Forms page.
Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in a penalty of 5% reduced marks from the total available, per calendar day late. An assignment submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted.
Requests for extension
Requests for extensions to the due dates must be made in writing, via email, to the Unit Convener.at least
five working days before the work is due
Requests for extension must adhere to the policy on extension and must contain the extension request form and the documentary evidence to support the extension request.
There will be no extension beyond the last day of the semester, and only one extension will be considered for a single assessment.
If the extension is granted, the Unit Convener will specify the revised due date.
Penalties for late submission of assignments
Students will receive a reduction of 5 percent per day from the total mark available for that assessment item for each day the assessment is late ( up to 7 days), after which the assignment will not be accepted.
Special assessment requirements
Information on extensions and special consideration for assessments can be found in the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures
Year-Long Units: Students enrolled in year-long units (consisting of a part A and part B unit code) will be allocated a continuing grade (CNTYL) on completion of part A. Once the student has completed part B, the grade for part A will be updated so that the grades for the two-unit codes are the same.
All modes of assessment (i.e. written assignments, quiz, exams, presentations, fieldwork or practicums) are subject to moderation.
The primary assessor marks a piece of student work, assigning a mark and providing comments to justify the mark.
All assessments assigned a Fail are reviewed by a second assessor, who reviews the mark and comments in order to confirm (or not) the mark awarded by the first marker.
All reviews are documented and any changes agreed, by discussion, with the primary marker.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
This unit is entirely online.
Due to the COVID-19 face to face consultation may not be consudted. However, students requiring consultation can reach the the unit convenor to arrange an online meeting or through a phone.
Students are expected to allocate time to use the resources on the Canvas site and to undertake the recommended and suggested readings.
Inclusion and engagement
In order to secure a pass grade, students must:
- Submit all assignment items
- Obtain an aggregate overall mark of at least 50%
Required IT skills
Students will need to be familiar with the techniques of searching scientific databases. A library tutorial will support this requirement. Students also need to have a basic knowledge of relevant statistical programmes.
No additonal costs.
Work placement, internships or practicums
- Semester 2, 2021, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (201978)
- Semester 1, 2021, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (200691)
- Semester 1, 2020, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (193510)
- Semester 2, 2020, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (197289)
- Semester 1, 2019, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (188649)
- Semester 1, 2018, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (176175)