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Unit information: International Health Project in 2015/16

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Unit name International Health Project
Unit code COBM31025
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Alan Emond
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students will have an opportunity to explore a topic of international health that interests them in much more detail presenting their findings and critical analysis as a report of 8-10 000 words. The project could take the form of a literature review or a more applied piece of work. We will provide a short list of potential topics but will welcome student’s own suggestions provided they are practical, achievable and suitable supervision can be identified.


The aim is to give students an opportunity to gain in depth knowledge and understanding of a topic that particularly interests them and to encourage the development of independent critical judgement and analytical thought.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the unit should enable students to:

  • Demonstrate intellectual rigour in the presentation of a coherent discussion of the relevant literature and evidence
  • Understand the importance of clear conceptualisation of the research issues
  • Show ability to critically appraise the relevant evidence
  • Be able to draw up relevant conclusions backed-up by firm evidence.

Teaching Information

This unit is mainly self-directed. The students will all have a project supervisor with whom they will be required to meet on a regular basis for tutorials. Students will be expected to show progress through a presentation at the end of the Spring semester.

Assessment Information

Assessment will be on the basis of an 8-10 000 word written report.

Reading and References

Becker H (1986) Writing for social scientists (University of Chicago Press, Chicago)

Cuba L and Cocking J (1997) How to write about the social sciences (Longman, New York)

Turabian KL et al (1996) A manual for writers of term papers, theses and dissertations, 6th edition (University of Chicago press, Chicago)

Woods P (1999) Successful writing for qualitative researchers (Routledge, London)

Levin P (2005) Excellent Dissertations (Open University Press)