CQUniversity Unit Profile
PBHL11001 Public Health Data and Measurement
Public Health Data and Measurement
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General Information

Overview

There is an enormous body of health data and information that is relevant to public health and the ability to locate, interpret and communicate health information is a fundamental skillset required by all public health professionals. In this unit you will be introduced to the concepts of measurement and data relating to public health. You will explore potential sources of data, how to identify and interpret appropriate measurements and data for public health, and how to communicate measurements and data with confidence to inform public health decisions.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Group Discussion
Weighting: 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 30%
3. Project (research)
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Recorded lecture quality was often poor with some concepts not well explained.

Recommendation

Re-record and update lectures for future offerings.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Mulitple steps in the asynchronous tutorial made the discussion difficult to follow.

Recommendation

Reconsider the step-by-step nature of the asynchronous forum topics and condense the individual steps into a single post for each topic.

Feedback from Student feedback, teaching staff

Feedback

It can be difficult to keep track of weekly content to ensure all activities are completed.

Recommendation

Incorporate check boxes into Moodle design to allow students to check off tasks as they are completed each week.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Assess the source and quality of health information and data as related to public health.
  2. Identify and interpret appropriate measurements and data for public health.
  3. Communicate health information using a range of information technologies.
  4. Reflect on individual, cultural, and ethical perspectives relating to health measurement and data.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Discussion - 20%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
3 - Project (research) - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion - 20%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
3 - Project (research) - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
William Mude Unit Coordinator
w.mude@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 | Introduction and critical thinking Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

How we know and critical thinking

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 | Foundations of Data & Measurement Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Foundations of Data & Measurement

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 | Measuring Mortality & Morbidity Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Measuring Mortality & Morbidity

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 | Measuring Other Health Outcomes Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Measuring Other Health Outcomes

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 | Measuring Exposures: Risk and Protective Factors Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Measuring Exposures

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6| Qualitative Data Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Qualitative Data

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 | Sources of Public Health Data Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Sources of Data for Public Health

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Due This Week


Assessment 2 Due: Week 7 Friday (3 Sep 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Week 8 | Interpreting Research Findings Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Interpreting Research Findings

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 | Communicating and Describing Data Part 1 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Challenging Bias

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 | Communicating and Describing Data Part 2 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Communicating and Describing Data Part 1

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 | The concept of evidence Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Communicating and Describing Data Part 2

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 | Challenging Bias Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

The Concept of Evidence

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities

Events and Submissions/Topic

Report Due This Week.


Discussions on the Forum Due This week


Group discussion Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Assessment 3 | Report Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title
Group discussion

Task Description

Each week, as part of the course learning materials, students are encouraged to contribute to discussions or activities using online tutorials or forums throughout the term. This assessment is divided into two parts.

ASSESSMENT PART 1A: Each student needs to contribute ONE discussion BEFORE Week 4 so that a feedback will be provided to contributions made to enable students to improve their later contributions.

  • ONE discussion post must be completed BEFORE Week 4. (Due in Week 3 on Friday, 30 July 2021 at 9:00 AM) and Weights (5%).
ASSESSMENT PART 1B: Each student needs to contribute at least THREE different discussions throughout the term.
  • THREE discussion posts must be submitted from among week 4 to week 12.  (Due in Week 12 on Friday 15 October 2021 at 9:00 AM)
Students will need to copy their posts made on Moodle (including the date and time of posting) and put them in ONE Word document when submitting. All posts must be titled appropriately as they will be crossed checked with the online version. Any submission that did not match the online version will receive zero mark.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 9:00 am AEST

Throughout the term


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (15 Oct 2021)

Formative feedback will be provided during the mid term break on contributions up to week 4. Summative feedback and grades will be provided at the end of term.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed on the quality of their input to forum discussion activities across the semester. Contributions will be assessed on the following criteria:

1. Comprehension and understanding of the topic

2. Relevance

3. Critical thinking and depth

4. Quality of expression

5. Engagement and interaction with colleagues

For each post, students will be given a grade ranging from 0 (poor), 2.5 (sufficient), to 5 (outstanding).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Assess the source and quality of health information and data as related to public health.
  • Identify and interpret appropriate measurements and data for public health.
  • Communicate health information using a range of information technologies.
  • Reflect on individual, cultural, and ethical perspectives relating to health measurement and data.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 2

Task Description

The quiz is a combination of 20 multiple choice and short answer questions that will test your understanding of the core concepts for the unit covered in weeks 1 - 6.

  • The questions for each student will be drawn randomly from a pool of questions.
  • There is no time limit to complete the quiz and you can save your answers and return later (while the quiz is available).
  • You will be allowed one attempt only.
  • After you have submitted, you will get your grade for the quiz.
  • Once the quiz has closed, you will get your final result from the quiz showing which questions you got right or wrong. This will let you know what areas you need to study/revise.
  • You should choose the most correct answer.


Number of Quizzes

12


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (3 Sep 2021) 9:00 am AEST

This Quiz will open on 27 August 2021 at 09:00 AM


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (3 Sep 2021)

Students will be able to see their grade and feedback after the quiz closes.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The quiz will assess students' understanding of topics covered in Weeks 1-6, including critical thinking, fundamental measurements of health outcomes, measurement of exposures, self-management and social awareness.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and interpret appropriate measurements and data for public health.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Project (research)

Assessment Title
Assessment 3 | Report

Task Description

Research and write a report on the impact of one (1) of the health outcomes below on population health in Australia over the last 20 years.

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • COPD
  • Skin cancer
  • Dementia

The report is worth 50% of your overall grade. It should be 2500 (10% under- 20% over is acceptable) words long and include data visualisations. It will draw on appropriate sources to outline the differential impact of a particular health outcome or behaviour over the last 20 years in Australia. You should use headings and subheadings, where appropriate, to guide your reader and you must reference appropriately using either Harvard (preferred) or APA style.

You can discuss your topic, and how you might like to approach it during the tutorials or on the Q&A forum.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 9:00 am AEST

This report will be open throughout the term but due on 08 October 2021 at 09:00 AM


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)

Return graded assessments online following certification of grades.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Your report will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Relevance (30%)

  • Communicates an understanding of the current issues around the selected topic in the Australian context
  • Utilises a range of appropriate references
  • Accuracy of data visualisations

Validity (40%)

  • Depth of analysis of the chosen topic
  • Originality of argument
  • Quality of data visualisations
  • Quality of references used

Organisation (20%)

  • Clear communication of ideas
  • Logical sequence
  • Appropriate written style

Presentation (10%)

  • Professional layout and consistent style (fonts, paragraph spacing, headings, etc)
  • Appropriate headings & subheadings
  • Data visualisations are consistent in style, attractive and easily interpreted
  • Objects are appropriately labelled
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Referencing is consistent and correct according to Harvard style.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The assessment needs to be submitted online on the Moodle site. Email submission are not accepted.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Assess the source and quality of health information and data as related to public health.
  • Identify and interpret appropriate measurements and data for public health.
  • Communicate health information using a range of information technologies.
  • Reflect on individual, cultural, and ethical perspectives relating to health measurement and data.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

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