School Of Health Sciences

Dissertation (Part Time)Western Sydney University Unit Code: 401282.3


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 40

Assumed Knowledge
It is assumed that the student would have completed core (or foundational) units associated with their Masters program, ideally in relevant research design and practice related disciplines.

Equivalent Units
The two units below are equivalent to each other: 401079 Dissertation (Full-time) 401282 Dissertation (Part-time)


For students enrolled in the 4702 Master of Public Health or 4698 Master of Health Science courses only:

401080 Research Protocol Design and Practice


401077 Introduction to Biostatistics OR 401365 Healthcare Data for Decision making OR 401238 Qualitative Research Methodology in Health

For students enrolled in 3749 Master of Science and 4738 Master of Epidemiology courses only:

401077 Introduction to Biostatistics

For all students:

401076 Introduction to Epidemiology

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
To enrol in this unit, students must be enrolled in a post-graduate course and have a GPA of 5.5 or greater. Students must have an approved Masters Dissertation Proposal before enrolling. Students must submit prior to enrolment a proposal no longer than 3 pages comprising the following: 1. Proposed title 2. Background and rationale 3. Research objectives 4. Research plan (including study design, data sources, and analytic strategy) 5. Expected outcomes and benefits 6. Risk identification and mitigation plan 7. Ethical implications 8. Budget and how research costs are to be met (if required) 9. Timeline 10. Supervisor endorsement. 11. References Approval of the Dissertation Proposal must be provided by the Unit Coordinator to ensure that the project meets the expected scale and scope of a 40 credit point Dissertation. For students enrolled in the Master of Public Health, Master of Health Science or Master of Epidemiology, they are also required to have completed 80cp before they can enrol in this unit.

About this Unit
This unit requires students to complete a substantial piece of independent research. Dissertations will involve the in-depth examination of a particular topic/question, and should demonstrate evidence of ability to undertake sustained critical analysis. The dissertation provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they can consolidate knowledge acquired throughout their course of study and understand how existing evidence/information relates to research topics, and how their own work adds to this body of knowledge. Independent thinking is required, including the ability to critique one’s own work and that of others, as well as articulating the implications of their own research and support their findings through their written dissertation. Students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops where they will gain skills in defining a clear research question, preparing a formal research proposal, conducting a literature review, ethics and research, and formal writing at a professional standard. Findings of student work with be presented at an end of semester research seminar. This unit can also be taken over one semester (see 401079 Dissertation (Full Time)).

3749.1Master of ScienceCONTINUING
4698.1Master of Health ScienceCONTINUING
4698.2Master of Health ScienceCONTINUING
4698.3Master of Health ScienceCONTINUING
4698.4Master of Health ScienceCURRENT
4702.1Master of Public HealthCONTINUING
4702.2Master of Public HealthCONTINUING
4702.3Master of Public HealthCONTINUING
4702.4Master of Public HealthCURRENT
4738.1Master of EpidemiologyCONTINUING
4738.2Master of EpidemiologyCURRENT


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A4001.1Master of Health Science (Aged Care Management) - 2 year pathwayCONTINUING
A4002.1Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) - 2 year pathwayCONTINUING
A4003.1Master of Health Science (Health Service Management) - 1.5 year pathwayCONTINUING
A4004.1Master of Health Science (Aged Care Management) - 1.5 year pathwayCONTINUING
A4005.1Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) - 1.5 year pathwayCONTINUING
A4008.1Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) - 1 year pathwayCONTINUING
A4009.1Master of Public Health - 2 year pathwayCURRENT
A4010.1Master of Public Health - 1.5 year pathwayCURRENT
A4011.1Master of Public Health - 1 year pathwayCURRENT
A4012.1Master of Epidemiology - 2 year pathwayCURRENT
A4013.1Master of Epidemiology - 1.5 year pathwayCURRENT
A4038.1Master of Science (Food Science) - 2 year pathwayCURRENT
A4039.1Master of Science (Food Science) - 1.5 year pathwayCURRENT
A4041.1Master of Science (Public Health Nutrition) - 2 year pathwayCURRENT
A4042.1Master of Science (Public Health Nutrition) - 1.5 year pathwayCURRENT
A4047.1Master of Health Science (Health Service Management) 2 year pathwayCURRENT
A4048.1Master of Health Science (Health Service Management) 1.5 year pathwayCURRENT
A4050.1Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) 2 year pathwayCURRENT
A4051.1Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) 1.5 year pathwayCURRENT
A4053.1Master of Health Science (Digital Health) 2 year pathwayCURRENT
A4054.1Master of Health Science (Digital Health) 1.5 Year pathwayCURRENT
A4056.1Master of Public Health - 2-year programCURRENT
A4057.1Master of Public Health - 1.5-year programCURRENT
A4066.1Master of Epidemiology - 2 year pathwayCURRENT
A4067.1Master of Epidemiology - 1.5 year pathwayCURRENT
ST3056.1Food ScienceCONTINUING
ST3057.1Public Health NutritionCURRENT

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