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ASSESSMENT BRIEFSubject Code and Name PUBH6013: Qualitative Research Methods for Public HealthAssessment Assessment 2: Individual Research ProposalIndividual/Group IndividualLength 1, 500 words (+/- 10%)Learning Outcomes This assessment addresses the following learning outcomes:a) Understand epistemologies as they relate to qualitativeresearch and when to use qualitative methodologyb) Critically evaluate different theoretical and methodologicalapproaches to qualitative researchd) Appreciate cultural and ethical considerations forqualitative research in Public Healthe) Understand sampling techniques, bias and rigour asthey apply to qualitative researchSubmission Due Sunday following the end of Module 4.1, Week 7 at11:55pmWeighting 40%Total Marks 100 marks
*Please Note: This time is Sydney time (AEST or AEDT). Please convert to your own time zone (eg.Adelaide = 11:25pm).Instructions:This assessment involves developing a research question, preparing interview and probequestions, identifying four people that you can interview on this topic (for example, your familyor friends, colleagues), and reflecting on your motivation and justification of your researchproposal.Step 1:Develop a research question (similar to the ones you have explored throughout this subject) thatsupports qualitative exploration of a topic of your choice.Submit your research question to your learning facilitator by the end of Module 3 to seekfeedback.PUBH6013_Assessment Brief 2 Page 2 of 5Step 2:Prepare a research proposal for your qualitative project.You must include:• A brief literature review to summarise the existing knowledge in this space, and justify yourproposed project.• Your research question and the knowledge gap that it will address.• A summary of the key elements of your chosen methodology (ie grounded theory,phenomenology etc) and why it is appropriate for exploring your research question.• Your methods, including how you will select your participants (in this case, four peoplewhom you already know).• Your interview questions.• A personal reflection on your motivation for exploring this research questionOnce you have received feedback from your facilitator on your research and interviewquestions and made any necessary changes, you can start your interviews.NOTE: Make sure that you have the permission of your interviewees before recording yourconversations.Assessment Criteria:• Justification of your research proposal (30%)• Summary of methodology and methods (30%)• Reflective writing on motivation (10%)• Academic sources (10%)• Use of academic conventions (20%)PUBH6013_Assessment Brief 2 Page 3 of 5
Assessment 0-34 35-49 50-64(Pass -P)Functional65-74(Credit – CR)Proficient75-84(Distinction –DN)Advanced85-100(Fail 2 – F2)Unacceptable(High Distinction –(Fail 1 – F1)Poor HD)ExceptionalGrade Description(Grading Scheme)Evidence of unsatisfactoryachievement of one or moreof the learning objectives ofthe subject, insufficientunderstanding of the subjectcontent and/or unsatisfactorylevel of skill development.Evidence ofsatisfactoryachievement ofsubject learningobjectives, thedevelopment ofrelevant skills to acompetent level, andadequateinterpretation andcritical analysis skills.Evidence of a good levelof understanding,knowledge and skilldevelopment in relationto the content of thesubject or work of asuperior quality on themajority of the learningobjectives of thesubject. Demonstrationof a high level ofinterpretation andcritical analysis skills.Evidence of a highlevel ofachievement of thelearning objectivesof the subjectdemonstrated insuch areas asinterpretation andcritical analysis,logical argument,use ofmethodology andcommunicationskills.Evidence of anexceptional level ofachievement oflearning objectivesacross the entirecontent of the coursedemonstrated insuch areas asinterpretation andcritical analysis,logical argument,creativity, originality,use of methodologyand communicationskills.
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Knowledge andUnderstandingLimited understanding ofrequired concepts andknowledge. Key componentsof the assignment are notaddressed.Justification of your researchproposal (30%)Knowledge/understanding of the field ordiscipline. Resembles arecall or summary ofkey ideas. Oftenconflates/confusesassertion of personalopinion withinformationsubstantiated byevidence from theresearch/course materialThoroughknowledge/understanding of the field ordiscipline/s. Supportspersonal opinion andinformationsubstantiated byevidence from theresearch/coursematerials. Demonstrates acapacity to explain and applyrelevant conceptsHighly developedunderstanding ofthe field ordiscipline/s.Discriminatesbetween assertionof personal opinionand informationsubstantiated byrobust evidencefrom the researchcourse materials andextended readingWell demonstratedcapacity to explainand apply relevantconceptsA sophisticatedunderstanding of thefield or discipline/s.Systematically andCritically discriminatesbetween assertion ofpersonal opinion andinformationsubstantiated byrobust evidence fromresearch course materialsand extended reading.Mastery of concepts andapplication to newsituations/ further learning.Analysis and application withsynthesis of new knowledgeSummary of methodologyand methods (30%)Reflective writing onmotivation (10%)Limited synthesis and analysis.Limitedapplication/recommendationsbased on analysisDemonstrated analysisand synthesis withapplication ofrecommendations linkedto analysis/synthesisWell-developed analysis andsynthesis with application ofrecommendations linked toanalysis/synthesisThoroughlydeveloped creativeanalysis and synthesiswith application ofpretested modelsand/or independentlydeveloped modelsand justifiedrecommendationslinked toanalysis/synthesisHighly sophisticated andcreative analysis, synthesisof new with existingknowledge. Strongapplication by way ofpretested models and / orindependently developedmodels. Recommendationsare clearly justified basedon the analysis/synthesis.Applying knowledge to newsituations/other cases.Use of academic anddiscipline conventions andsources of evidencePoorly written with errors inspelling, grammar.Is written according toacademic genre (e.g.Is well-written and adheres tothe academic genre (e.g. withIs very well-writtenand adheres to theacademic genre.Expertly written andadheres to the academic
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Academic sources (10%)Use of academicconventions (20%)Demonstrates inconsistentuse of good quality, credible andrelevant research sources tosupport and develop ideas.There are mistakes in usingthe APA style.with introduction,conclusion or summary)and has accuratespelling,grammar, sentence andparagraph construction.Demonstrates consistentuse of credible andrelevant researchsources to support anddevelopideas, but these arenot always explicit orwell developed.There are no mistakes inusing the APA style.introduction, conclusion orsummary).Demonstrates consistent useof high quality, credible andrelevant research sources tosupport and develop ideas.There are no mistakes inusing the APA style.Consistentlydemonstratesexpert use of goodquality, credible andrelevant researchsources to supportand developappropriatearguments andstatements. Showsevidence of readingbeyond thekey readingThere are nomistakes in usingthe APA style.genre. Demonstrates expertuse of high-quality, credibleand relevant researchsources to support anddevelop arguments andposition statements. Showsextensive evidence ofreading beyond the keyreading There are nomistakes in using the APAStyle.
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