PBHL20011 - Public Health Project Proposal

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Public Health Project Proposal is the first of a suite of four units designed to allow you to undertake a work-related or research project over the course of two terms. This suite of units provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained throughout the six core public health units and to apply these to a specific project. The project may be related to a public health intervention, evaluation or research topic. You are encouraged to discuss your ideas for the project with the unit coordinator at least a month prior to the commencement of Term 1 to allow refinement of your ideas to ensure they are appropriate for this project. In this unit, you will be undertaking the necessary preparations for the implementation of the project. These include undertaking a literature review, deciding on the project design and methodology, and gaining ethical clearance, if that is required.


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


PBHL20001 Understanding Public Health

PBHL20002 Systems Thinking in Public Health

PBHL20003 Social Epidemiology

PBHL20004 Public Health Action and Evaluation

PBHL20005 Global Public Health

PBHL20006 Participatory Health Research

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 1 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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 20%
2. Oral Examination 20%
3. Research Proposal 60%

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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 84.38% 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
More frequent contact with supervisor and students
Supervisors and students will be reminded during the introductory workshop to arrange more frequent supervision sessions if required to help students progress the research project.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
Weekly session to learn more about research
Unit coordinator already runs a fortnightly session about the research process. Supervisors meet with their students to support and guide throughout the term as needed. Project specific resources are provided to the students throughout the term. In that sense, students are fully supported to conduct research.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Formulate an appropriate research question relevant to a public health issue
  2. Develop a public health project proposal and justify this based on a comprehensive literature review
  3. Justify a public health project on social-ecological model of health principles
  4. Defend the chosen approach taken within the public health project proposal
  5. Articulate own positionality within the public health project proposal
  6. Successfully complete a human research ethics application.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Oral Examination
3 - Research Proposal
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8