PBHL20006 - Participatory Health Research

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Participatory Health Research is an approach to research that emphasises community involvement in all aspects of the research, from the initial ideas to the final dissemination of the findings. You will be introduced to and encouraged to critique a range of research approaches, methods and designs in this unit that would be appropriate to traditional research but which can be adapted to participatory health research. You will also be introduced to anti-oppressive methodologies, including feminist, decolonising and art-based approaches to research. Taking a participatory approach is important when undertaking research with First Nations Peoples, socially marginalised groups, and those who have experienced oppression. An essential part of undertaking research with these groups is the development of reflexivity and you will be encouraged to reflect on your own position and assumptions towards research and those who are researched.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Group Work 40%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 92.86% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 16.57% response rate.

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.

Source: Have Your Say
She uses many real life examples to help clarify topics and show how you can apply the theory to practice.
Continue to offer tutorial activities where tasks provide relevant learning foundations and then link to application of learning material.
Action Taken
Tutorial times are designed as workshops requiring students to apply lecture concepts.
Source: Have Your Say
Assignments back in a more timely manner
Coordinate with tutorial staff to ensure more timely moderation schedules
Action Taken
Continue to coordinate with tutorial staff.
Source: Email from Wil Alderton, AVP and Chair, Campus Life Committee, Melbourne campus
In response to ideas generated from Assessment 3: "...it’s brilliant. I’m all for encouraging student ideas and bringing these to fruition, and I agree the solutions are (mostly) actionable."
Continue to work with stakeholders to define project topics and trial ideas generated from student projects.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE student comment, discussions with students and personal unit coordinator reflection
This unit may be offered to first term MPH students. Assessment 1 requires self-direction, analysis of literature and relational learning. This type of assessment may be new to some students; further support may be needed.
Provide additional resource links such as ALC Communication website and a recorded presentation to exemplify the requirements of Assessment 1.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Critique strengths and limitations associated with different approaches to public health research
  2. Justify taking a participatory health approach to public health research
  3. Discuss the challenges associated with taking a participatory approach to public health research
  4. Critique public health research undertaken within First Nations Peoples' communities
  5. Evaluate the impact of anti-oppressive methodologies, including feminist, decolonising and arts-based approaches to public health research
  6. Determine appropriate quantitative and qualitative research designs for various approaches to complex public health issues
  7. Reflect on own positionality and assumptions related to public health research.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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