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PU5919: EVALUATING POLICY EFFECTS IN PRACTICE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 05 Apr 2022 12:20


Course Overview

The case study provides students with the opportunity to select, design, conduct and report on a detailed systematic investigation of a topic within an applied health field. The aim is to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a particular topic, including the academic background, relevant policy and the roles played by various actors and agencies. The case study is conducted in an academically robust and ethically sensitive manner.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Third Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Heather Morgan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Students gain a unique practical experience of ‘real-world’ practical relevance to their field of interest. Students will identify an appropriate topic for in-depth exploration alongside the guidance of the course coordinator and programme coordinator.  Within the case study it is expected that the student will spend approximately 2 weeks observing the case or phenomenon of interest this can be within a workplace, a charity or a health setting. They will then spend a further 2 weeks reviewing the current literature and scientific community and finally 2 weeks looking at policies and government guidance.  From these 6 weeks of data collecting students will then produce a case portfolio describing the phenomenon of interest and linking policy, research and practice

The aim is to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a particular topic, including the academic background, relevant policy and the roles played by various actors and agencies.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Critically evaluate and describe a defined health topic within the broader context of public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisations and government agencies;
  2. Work independently in the collection of relevant evidence, synthesis and analysis to evaluate and appraise how research and or policies are implemented into practice within the defined health topic
  3. To create action plans to achieve personal goals and objectives through recognition of own strengths and areas for further development.

Summative Assessments

Portfolio

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks 51 Feedback Weeks 2

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyIdentify and critique a health-related policy relevant to that context.
FactualUnderstandDescribe and appraise a defined health topic or area of health within the broader context of public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisation or government agency.
ProceduralApplySelect and apply appropriate research method(s) to systematically investigate the content and evidence base, implementation processes and impact of the chosen policy.
ProceduralCreateDecide and action the most appropriate way(s) to disseminate the findings of the evaluation.
ReflectionCreateWork independently in the collection of relevant evidence, its synthesis, analysis and presentation.
ReflectionEvaluateDetermine the merit, worth, or value of the policy in terms of improving the health and/or social and economic conditions of the different stakeholders.

Project Plan, Summary or Abstract

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 44 Feedback Weeks 47

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyIdentify and critique a health-related policy relevant to that context.
FactualUnderstandDescribe and appraise a defined health topic or area of health within the broader context of public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisation or government agency.
ProceduralApplySelect and apply appropriate research method(s) to systematically investigate the content and evidence base, implementation processes and impact of the chosen policy.

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 43 Feedback Weeks 46

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplySelect and apply appropriate research method(s) to systematically investigate the content and evidence base, implementation processes and impact of the chosen policy.

Formative Assessment

Reflective journal

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48 Feedback Weeks 39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49

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Feedback will be provided within 7 days of each submission

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Resit Assessments

Oral

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 8 Feedback Weeks 8

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Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandDescribe and appraise a defined health topic or area of health within the broader context of public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisation or government agency.
ConceptualApplyIdentify and critique a health-related policy relevant to that context.
ProceduralApplySelect and apply appropriate research method(s) to systematically investigate the content and evidence base, implementation processes and impact of the chosen policy.
ReflectionEvaluateDetermine the merit, worth, or value of the policy in terms of improving the health and/or social and economic conditions of the different stakeholders.
ReflectionCreateWork independently in the collection of relevant evidence, its synthesis, analysis and presentation.
ProceduralCreateDecide and action the most appropriate way(s) to disseminate the findings of the evaluation.

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