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PUBH6012: Capstone B: Applied Research Project in Public Health Assesment 1 Report Answer

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Subject Code and Title: PUBH6012: Capstone B: Applied Research Project in Public Health

Assessment 1: Report Individual

Length: 5000 words

Weighting: 80%

Submission: By 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday of Week 10

Total Marks: 100 marks

Individual/Group

Learning Outcomes

This assessment addresses the following learning outcomes:

  1. Integrate and apply their knowledge and skills in public health
  2. Apply research skills to a public health issue
  3. Analyse the results of data collected from research, taking into consideration prior evidence and theory
  4. Understand the ethical implications for conducting a piece of public health research
  5. Create a final research report

 Context:

This assessment advanced skills in reporting the justification, methods, results, and conclusions of a research project. Key understanding contained includes how to justify a research project using literature, how to implement a research proposal to collect and analyse data, how to report the results of the analysis of data, how to contextualise one’s own research in the context of the wider body of literature, and how to draw conclusions about future research and recommendations based on research. This prepares students for the conduct and reporting of research, which is an important skill set for public health practitioners.

Instructions:
Part 1: Due Sunday end of Module 1 Week 1

Based on the feedback from your Capstone A Research Proposal, revise your research plan and GANTT chart.

Submit these to your Capstone A facilitator by Sunday end of Module 1 Week 1. You may not proceed with your data collection until this has been approved by your supervising facilitator.

Part 2:
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 The final assignment for this subject will be the write-up of the findings of your research into a final report. This will be comprised of the following parts:

1) Abstract
a. Summary of your report (as you would find in a published research article)

  1. 2)  Introduction
    1. Introduction to and justification of the topic area, drawing upon your literature review (from
      Capstone A), and including the knowledge gap your project addresses
    2. Your research question
  2. 3)  Research design and methods
    a. Summarise your research design/methods (from Capstone A) – what type of project did you do? b. How did you collect the data (ie search strategy and process/ policy consultation process)? If a
    policy consultation, explain how any organizations/individuals that you consulted with were
    approached
    c. How did you analyse the data (ie thematic analysis, systematic review process, consultation
    synthesis)?
    d. Briefly explain the ethical issues that should be considered
  3. 4)  Results
    1. Report the results of your findings, e.g. key themes if a qualitative study, results in table
      format if a quantitative study
    2. Clearly explain key figures, tables and graphs
  4. 5)  Discussion: Interpretation and contextualisation of your results a. Place your results in the context of your literature review b. Contextualise the results within the academic literature
    c. Describe any limitations of your study
  5. 6)  Conclusion
    a. Conclusions from this study
    b. Recommendations for future research or policy change based on feasible solutions
  6. 7)  Supplementary material a. Reference List
    b. Any appendices

This research report format has been based on the standard format for a journal article, and thus may be submitted to a journal in the future if the student is interested.

NOTE: due to the time constraints around submission and peer review, a submitted article will notbe required as part of this subject. If you wish to develop a journal article, you may seek advice on how to do this at the end of the Capstone.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Revised and approved project plan and GANTT chart (5%)
  • Clear executive summary/abstract which condenses the findings of the report (10%)
  • Clear justification and outline of the significance of the topic (5%)
  • Justification of the research design and methods, including ethical considerations (10%)
  • Clear presentation of results, with transparency of findings (20%)
  • Comprehensive discussion of the results within the context of previous studies/theory,
    and identification of the limitations of the study, with recommendations for future
    research (30%)
  • Conclusion with logical recommendations related to the findings and wider literature (10%)
  • General assessment criteria (10%):
    • Provides a lucid introduction
    • Shows a sophisticated understanding of the key issues
    • Shows ability to interpret relevant information and literature in relation to
      chosen topic
    • Demonstrates a capacity to explain and apply relevant concepts
    • Shows evidence of reading beyond the required readings
    • Justifies any conclusions reached with well-formed arguments and not merely
      assertions
    • Provides a conclusion or summary
    • Correctly uses academic writing, presentation and grammar:
    • Complies with academic standards of legibility, referencing and bibliographical
      details (including reference list)
    • Writes clearly, with accurate spelling and grammar as well as proper sentence
      and paragraph construction
    • Uses appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research

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