Health

HEALTH (HONOURS)

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) (Health) requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level Honours coursework selective units, and
(ii) 36 credit points of 4000-level Honours research project units

Honours Coursework Selective

HSBH4101 Research Design and Analysis in Health

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: weekly lectures and workshops Prerequisites: HSBH3018 or HSBH3019 Assumed knowledge: 48cp of 3000 level units of study Assessment: 40% ongoing assessment tasks and 60% exam Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit of study you delve deeper into the world of methods used in health research, including both quantitative or qualitative design and analysis. You will attend lectures and interactive workshops, and complete online modules. The unit will build on your prior knowledge (see the prerequisites) and help with your specific Honours project. As part of quantitative methods, we cover experimental and observational (case-control, cohort) study designs, and linear and logistic regression for data analysis. Qualitative approaches include ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology and narrative. Methods include interview, focus group and text based. The unit will be partly split in streams so that each student will learn either quantitative or qualitative data analysis in depth (not both), depending on their prior learning.
Textbooks
A list of required and recommended textbooks will be available at the beginning of semester.
SCIE4001 Science Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alice E Motion Session: Semester 1 Classes: lecture 2-3 hrs/week, workshops 1-2hrs/week Prerequisites: 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A. Assumed knowledge: Completion of a major in a science discipline. Basic knowledge of other sciences is beneficial. Experience in communication such as delivering oral presentations and producing written reports. An awareness of science in a societal context, e.g., of disciplinary applications. Assessment: seminar/workshop attendance and completion of 'course notebook' (10%; individual), written article communicating science topic to specific audience (25%; individual), illustrating science (sound/figure/animation/diagram etc; 15%), 3 minute presentation of science topic to specific audience (25%; individual), group report (25%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Mid-year honours students would take this unit of study in S1 (their second semester of study).
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough". This quote is widely attributed to Albert Einstein, but regardless of its provenance, it suggests that one measure of an expert's knowledge can be found in their ability to translate complex ideas so that they are accessible to anyone. The communication of science to the public is essential for science and society. In order to increase public understanding and appreciation of science, researchers must be able to explain their results, and the wider context of their research, to non-experts. This unit will explore some theoretical foundations of science communications, identify outstanding practitioners and empower students to produce effective science communication in different media. In this unit you will learn the necessary skills and techniques to tell engaging and informative science stories in order to bring complex ideas to life, for non-expert audiences. By undertaking this unit you will develop a greater understanding of the wider context of your honours unit, advance your communication skills and be able to explain your honours research to non-expert audiences such as friends, family or future employers. These transferable skills will equip you for future research - where emphasis is increasingly placed on public communication and/or outreach - or professional pathways - where effective communication of complex ideas is highly valued.
SCIE4002 Experimental Design and Data Analysis

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive March Classes: 4 x 1 hr lectures/week, for six weeks, either online or face-to-face and 1 x 2 hour workshop/week for six weeks Prerequisites: 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A. Prohibitions: ENVX3002 or STAT3X22 or STAT4022 or STAT3X12 Assumed knowledge: Completion of units in quantitative research methods, mathematics or statistical analysis at least at 1000-level. Assessment: design critique (20%), research plan (30%), analysis critique (20%), 2 x analysis quizzes (15% each) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
An indispensable attribute of an effective scientific researcher is the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data. Central to this process is the ability to create hypotheses and test these by using rigorous experimental designs. This modular unit of study will introduce the key concepts of experimental design and data analysis. Specifically, you will learn to formulate experimental aims to test a specific hypothesis. You will develop the skills and understanding required to design a rigorous scientific experiment, including an understanding of concepts such as controls, replicates, sample size, dependent and independent variables and good research practice (e. g. blinding, randomisation). By completing this unit you will develop the knowledge and skills required to appropriately analyse and interpret data in order to draw conclusions in the context of an advanced research project. From this unit of study, you will emerge with a comprehensive understanding of how to optimise the design and analysis of an experiment to most effectively answer scientific questions.
SCIE4003 Ethics in Science

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Hans Pols Session: Intensive August,Intensive March Classes: part a: lecture/seminars 4hr/week for 3 weeks, in which all students participate, followed by two modules, part b (human ethics) and part c (animal ethics), from which students select one; each module comprises 8 hours of workshops over 1-2 weeks Prerequisites: 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A Prohibitions: HSBH3004 or HPSC3107 Assumed knowledge: Successful completion of a Science major. Assessment: essay (40%), presentation (20%), final exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
In the contemporary world, a wide variety of ethical concerns impinge upon the practice of scientific research. In this unit you will learn how to identify potential ethical issues within science, acquire the tools necessary to analyse them, and develop the ability to articulate ethically sound insights about how to resolve them. In the first portion of the unit, you will be familiarised with how significant developments in post-World War II science motivated sustained ethical debate among scientists and in society. In the second portion of the unit, you will select from either a Human Ethics module or an Animal Ethics module and learn the requirements of how to ensure your research complies with appropriate national legislation and codes of conduct. By undertaking this unit you will develop the ability to conduct scientific research in an ethically justifiable way, place scientific developments and their application in a broader social context, and analyse the social implications and ethical issues that may potentially arise in the course of developing scientific knowledge.

Honours Core Research Project

HSBH4103 Health Honours Project A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: average seminars/tutorials per week over the 13-week semester: 2 hrs. wk 3-10: 2 - 4 hrs per week supervisory meetings: normally 1-hr/week (variable) Corequisites: HSBH4104 Assessment: presentation (35%) and literature review (65%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
Honours students undertake a supervised research project in a health discipline area. The student will work closely with their supervisors in planning a literature review, designing a study or refining the initial design, and communicating the outcomes of these processes in writing and orally. Students will also attend seminars and workshops that contribute to the successful completion of these tasks: classes on library skills, ethics in health research, writing a literature review, and presentation skills. Additionally students will meet with their supervisor(s) on a regular basis for other aspects of research supervision.
Textbooks
A list of required and recommended readings will be available at the beginning of semester.
HSBH4104 Health Honours Project B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: supervisory meetings: normally 1-hr/week (variable) Corequisites: HSBH4103 Assessment: no formal assessment Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
Honours students undertake a supervised research project in a health discipline area. Each student will contribute to designing and/or implementing an approved research project and submit a thesis describing the project and its implications. In completing the research thesis, the student will work closely with academic staff, normally 2 co-supervisors, who will supervise their research activities.
Textbooks
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided by individual supervisors.
HSBH4105 Health Honours Project C

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: supervisory meetings: normally 1-hr/week (variable) Corequisites: HSBH4014 Assessment: no formal assessment Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
Honours students undertake a supervised research project in a health discipline area. Each student will contribute to designing and/or implementing an approved research project and submit a thesis describing the project and its implications. In completing the research thesis, the student will work closely with academic staff, normally 2 co-supervisors, who will supervise their research activities.
Textbooks
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided by individual supervisors.
HSBH4106 Health Honours Project D

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: supervisory meetings: normally 1-hr/week (variable) Corequisites: HSBH4105 Assessment: no formal assessment Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1
Honours students undertake a supervised research project in a health discipline area. Each student will contribute to designing and/or implementing an approved research project and submit a thesis describing the project and its implications. In completing the research thesis, the student will work closely with academic staff, normally 2 co-supervisors, who will supervise their research activities.
Textbooks
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided by individual supervisors.
HSBH4107 Health Honours Project E

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: supervisory meetings: normally 1-hr/week (variable) Prerequisites: HSBH4104 Corequisites: HSBH4106 Assessment: no formal assessment Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1
Honours students undertake a supervised research project in a health discipline area. Each student will contribute to designing and/or implementing an approved research project and submit a thesis describing the project and its implications. In completing the research thesis, the student will work closely with academic staff, normally 2 co-supervisors, who will supervise their research activities.
Textbooks
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided by individual supervisors.
HSBH4108 Health Honours Project F

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: supervisory meetings: normally 1-hr/week (variable) Corequisites: HSBH4107 Assessment: journal manuscript and detailed methods chapter (80%) and oral presentation (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1
Honours students undertake a supervised research project in a health discipline area. In completing the research thesis, the student will work closely with academic staff, who will supervise their research activities. Each student will contribute to designing and/or implementing an approved research project and submit a thesis describing the project and its implications comprised of their literature review, research proposal, journal manuscript and final oral slides.