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This course introduces students to social and political changes shaping health and health care in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Through applied research, students will develop introductory skills in social science research methods to understand major population health challenges facing New Zealand.
Students will:Identify how social and economic changes are impacting the demographic composition and health needs of New ZealandersUnderstand changing patterns of inequalities in NZ and why this may impact the health outcomes of future generationsRecognise the principles of qualitative research methods and apply qualitative research skills to understand one aspect of social change in NZ and its implications for healthDevelop and apply quantitative data analysis skills to a NZ health data set
Either 15 points in HLTH or any 45 points
Lectures and Lecturers:The course will be taught by staff from the School of Health Sciences and a number of guests invited from within the University and the health sector.
There are no required texts for this course. Each session will have assigned readings that will be referenced on LEARN, the University’s online course support website: http://www.learn.canterbury.ac.nz/ Students are expected to have read these prior to each session. Students will be required to access and download PDF files of journal articles from UC library.
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general/general_regs_dishonest_practice.shtml
Assignments are graded on the University of Canterbury Grading Scale: Grade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A pass is 50 marks or over.
Attendance at class sessions is expected throughout the course. Students must attend and participate in the course sufficiently to meet the learning outcomes. Students and staff are expected to behave in a professional manner during class i.e. arrive on time, refrain from mobile phone use and inform the lecturer if they must leave early.
Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will incur a penalty of 2% mark reduction per day after the specified deadline. Days late include weekend and holidays. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after assignments have been returned.
Written assignments must be word processed. Assignments will be submitted electronically. Keep a copy of all assignments.
Under exceptional circumstances (eg illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the lecturer at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required.
Resubmissions of assignments are not permitted in this course.
Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll and Raesha Ismail are in charge of liaison with students in the undergraduate health sciences courses as the BHSc programme coordinator in the School of Health Sciences. Your class will appoint a student representative to the liaison committee at the start of the semester. Please feel free to talk to the Academic Liaison or the student rep about any problems or concerns that you might have.
Students with disabilities may access the University’s Disability Resource Service to access support. Further information can be found on their website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/
Students should, in the first instance, speak to the course co-ordinator about their grades. If they cannot reach an agreeable solution, students should then speak to the Head of School, Health Sciences. If you remain unhappy with the result of any of your assignments, examination, or your final course grade, you may appeal against that result. See: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/results.shtmlFor up to four weeks after the release of results a candidate may apply to the Examination Arrangements Senior Co-ordinator (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/contacts.shtml) for a Reconsideration of Grade. The reconsideration will normally consist of a re-marking and re-counting of the final exam script, together with a recount of the marks awarded for any other items of work. If you have extenuating circumstances which affected your performance in your examination, you should view the information on Special Considerations (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/special-consideration.shtml).
Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment. Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required. Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.
Students will be expected to submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00 pm on or before the due date. The lecturer may also require student assessments be processed through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).Assignments not collected in class may be collected from the College of Education, Health and Human Development’s Assignment Room located in the College Office, Rehua level 2.
Domestic fee $761.00
International fee $3,188.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.
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School of Health Sciences