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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
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

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.

Aims:

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 details

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 Details

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)

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