ACTION LEARNING STUDY

PHE5ALS

2015

Credit points: 45

Subject outline

In this subject, students gain practical experience, applying analytical and problem-solving strategies to real health care and public health problems using an action learning framework. This subject is a capstone subject for MHA,MPH and MESH students and an electivefor a number of other public health degrees. Students complete an action research project in public health, health promotion or health services management directed to improving health by integrating skills and knowledge gained in the postgraduate programs of the School of Public Health and deepening skills in reflection, project management, planning and evaluation. The concept of reflective practice is applied and students have the opportunity to examine their styles and practice, consider their development needs and how they might ensure ongoing learning throughout their careers. In the process, the students are supported to produce a conference poster and to publish an article from the work undertaken.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points45

Subject Co-ordinatorDeborah Gleeson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in one of the following course codes HMPHC, HMHA, HMHADE, HZBAHA, HZPHHA, HZPHID,HZHPHID, HZMBHA, HMHS or HMERGD. Students must also have completed the core and foundation for their respective degrees prior to enrolment in this capstone subject.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHE5THA, PHE5THB, PHE5THC, PHE5THD, HBS5MIT.

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Enrolment is subject to approval by course coordinator.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use the competencies developed through postgraduate study to plan, deliver and evaluate projects in an area of interest in public health, health promotion or health services management.

Activities:
Analysis, reporting and appropriate graphing of quantitative data.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

02. Identify and analyse issues in health policy, provision or management to develop, evaluate and recommend potential solutions

Activities:
Collection, analysis and reporting of qualitative data.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Demonstrate understanding of the responsibilities and duty of care health practitioners have to participants and their data, including research data

Activities:
Appropriate problem tree and logical framework including identification of appropriate indicators for health and development programs.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Participate in and contribute to a regular learning set; learning with and from fellow students a range of problem solving options in the delivery of workplace projects

Activities:
Articulation in peer-reviewed papers and presentations of underlying causes of problems in specific populations, significant stakeholders, criteria for prioritisation and remedial strategies.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

05. Reflect on and learn from their own professional practice and provide insight and feedback to colleagues

Activities:
Ability to design a systematic, appropriate and ethical population health project and synthesise and articulate the findings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

06. Demonstrate high-level understanding and skills in evidence based practice research, including data analysis and reporting of findings

Activities:
Reinforcement of lecture materials. Presentation of a Project Proposal which specifically addresses this topic.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

07. Present project through appropriately structured business reports and academic papers, formal verbal presentations, academic posters, and articles for publication in a variety of formats

Activities:
Reinforcement of lecture materials in preparation of an assessed assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2015, All Year, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPriscilla Robinson

Class requirements

WorkShop
One 2.0 days workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Data handling and analysis workshop in week 29"

WorkShop
One 1.0 days workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Introductory session in week 5."

WorkShop Week: 29 - 29
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on any day including weekend at night from week 29 to week 29 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Plus experiential learning activities equivalent to 117-hours throughout the year; students meet with project supervisors and academic mentors throughout the year."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Draft Human Ethics Committee application and literature review (equiv 2000 words)Assessed subject work requirement15 01, 07, 03, 02
One 1000-word reflective essayAssessed subject work requirement15 05, 03, 07
One 2750-word interim project reportAssessed subject work requirement20 05, 03, 06, 07, 01, 02
One 4,000-word paper for publicationAssessed subject work requirement20 07, 01, 02, 03, 06
Presentation of poster of 1200-words (including abstract above)and formal five minute presentation.Assessed subject work requirement: Presentation of poster at PHE5ALS poster conference20 07, 04, 06
Project proposal (1500 words)Assessed subject work requirement10 01, 02, 03
Six hurdle assignmentsSix hurdle assignments are spaced throughout the year to underpin the management of the project. The exact tasks will be provided in the Subject Learning Guide, on the subject LMS, and in lectures 07, 06, 05, 04, 02, 03, 01