HLN712-2 Dissertation

Unit synopsis

Through undertaking a research project in a specialised area of practice, the dissertation provides the opportunity for you to develop advanced skills in the critical evaluation, interpretation and application of research. Together, HLN712-1, 2, 3 and 4 comprise a 48 credit point unit that can be studied over a number of semesters. Each semester you can enroll in one or more of its four 12 credit point sub-units. Assessment items are submitted and a final grade awarded only at the end of the final sub-unit HLN712-4. This unit builds on the previous unit. You will commence your data collection and continue to draft your thesis chapters.

Faculty
Faculty of Health
Study area
Health and community
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Summer, 2017
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
  • Kelvin Grove
Semester 1, 2018
19 February 2018 - 22 June 2018
  • Kelvin Grove
Semester 2, 2018
23 July 2018 - 16 November 2018
  • Kelvin Grove
Summer, 2018
19 November 2018 - 22 February 2019
  • Kelvin Grove

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2017: $1,131
2018: $1,169
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2017: $2,292
2018: $2,388
International student fee
2017: $3,432
2018: $3,576

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Prerequisites
HLN712-1
Assumed knowledge
Assumed Knowledge: Completion of all relevant coursework units (as directed by your dissertation supervisor and/or course coordinator)

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Summer Semester details

Dates
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
Fee type
Tuition Fee
Restrictions
The unit is only available to QUT students.
Notes
This is a summer tuition fee unit at the postgraduate level. Standard tuition fees apply. Eligible students may apply for FEE-HELP in eStudent.

Rationale

To ensure high quality practice, advanced level practitioners are continually required to reflect upon and modify their own practice to incorporate knowledge of the most recent research evidence. This requires advanced skills in the critical evaluation, interpretation and application of research. The dissertation provides advanced skill development in these areas.

Aims

The aim of the dissertation is to provide you with the opportunity to develop high- level skills in the evaluation, interpretation and application of research. It will also enable you to undertake a research project in a specialised area of practice.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete the dissertation, it is expected that you provide evidence of the ability to independently:
1. continue critiquing the relevant literature pertaining to a research problem/question in your discipline area;
2. obtain health and safety and ethical clearance;
3. commence data collection to investigate the research problem/question/hypotheses;
4. continue attending supervision for ongoing feedback;
5. continue refining your research skills through independent study.

Content

The content of your dissertation will depend on the topic that you choose as the focus of your research. Other areas of learning focus on the expectations of scholarly work and the dissertation process including:
· critically analyzing and synthesizing scholarly literature,
· conducting a research study,
· honing research skills

Approaches to teaching and learning

Research supervision will take the form of regular consultation with your dissertation supervisor. The frequency of meetings will be determined in consultation with your supervisor. Consult with your supervisor for further details regarding additional teaching and learning approaches that may be used in your discipline area.

Assessment items

Name #1: Draft Lit Review
DescriptionPrepare and submit your literature review (or part of the thesis) to your supervisors for formative feedback.
Due dateWeek 10 of HLN712-2
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1, 2, 3 and 4.

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

You will be advised of any resource requirements for this unit.

Risk assessment statement

The risks in this unit are dependent on your research. These risks need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and considered in consultation with your dissertation supervisor or other nominated advisors. You are referred to the university's health and safety website www.hrd.qut.edu.au/healthsafety/index.jsp for further information.

Rationale

To ensure high quality practice, advanced level practitioners are continually required to reflect upon and modify their own practice to incorporate knowledge of the most recent research evidence. This requires advanced skills in the critical evaluation, interpretation and application of research. The dissertation provides advanced skill development in these areas.

Aims

The aim of the dissertation is to provide you with the opportunity to develop high- level skills in the evaluation, interpretation and application of research. It will also enable you to undertake a research project in a specialised area of practice.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete the dissertation, it is expected that you provide evidence of the ability to independently:
1. continue critiquing the relevant literature pertaining to a research problem/question in your discipline area;
2. obtain health and safety and ethical clearance;
3. commence data collection to investigate the research problem/question/hypotheses;
4. continue attending supervision for ongoing feedback;
5. continue refining your research skills through independent study.

Content

The content of your dissertation will depend on the topic that you choose as the focus of your research. Other areas of learning focus on the expectations of scholarly work and the dissertation process including:
· critically analyzing and synthesizing scholarly literature,
· conducting a research study,
· honing research skills

Approaches to teaching and learning

Research supervision will take the form of regular consultation with your dissertation supervisor. The frequency of meetings will be determined in consultation with your supervisor. Consult with your supervisor for further details regarding additional teaching and learning approaches that may be used in your discipline area.

Assessment items

Name #1: Draft Lit Review
DescriptionPrepare and submit your literature review (or part of the thesis) to your supervisors for formative feedback.
Due dateWeek 10 of HLN712-2
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1, 2, 3 and 4.

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

You will be advised of any resource requirements for this unit.

Risk assessment statement

The risks in this unit are dependent on your research. These risks need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and considered in consultation with your dissertation supervisor or other nominated advisors. You are referred to the university's health and safety website www.hrd.qut.edu.au/healthsafety/index.jsp for further information.