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PUBH5134: Public Health Capstone

Semester 1, 2021 [Block mode] - Remote

This unit provides students with an opportunity to draw together and integrate their learning in the four key aspects of public health as reflected in their degree program - knowledge, values, actions and outcomes - and apply these to a project. The key aim is for students to undertake the sort of set of tasks they are likely to be required to do during their public health career - research a topic, prepare a summary of it and communicate their findings to a knowledgeable but not expert audience. Students will undertake a focused assessment on a public health topic. This may be as part of a practical public health project or on area investigated primarily for the purposes of the capstone unit. The work will culminate in a presentation of the work at a School seminar attended by other capstone unit students and School academics, or the on-line equivalent of this.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Anita van Zwieten,
Lecturer(s) Tim Driscoll,
Anita van Zwieten,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Project outline
Written assessment - project outline
0% Week 05 1 page
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO6
Assignment Conference abstract
Written assessment - conference abstract
10% Week 09 250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO3
Presentation Presentation
Oral presentation
35% Week 13 10 minutes (plus 2 minutes of questions)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4
Participation Peer evaluation
Peer evaluation of other students' presentations at conference
5% Week 13 -
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5
Assignment Major deliverable
Written assessment - major deliverable
50% Week 13 4000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO2
Assignment Presentation slides
Slides submitted before conference presentation (assessed in presentation)
0% Week 13 -
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.


For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 02 1. Welcome; 2. Overview: 3. Student support: 4. Literature search workshop and drop-in sessions; 5. Presentation skills; 6. Canvas sign-up; 7. Q and A; 8. Project leaders and projects. Workshop will be run live on Zoom. Workshop (4 hr) LO1
Week 13 Capstone conference - face-to-face students will present their conference presentation assessment and peer review other students' presentations. Conference will be held either face-to-face on campus OR live on Zoom, depending on the situation with COVID-19. Seminar (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: For block mode, the face-to-face or live online attendance requirements include one 4-hour workshop (delivered live online via Zoom) and one 5-hour conference (to be held either face-to-face on campus or live via Zoom depending on the situation with COVID-19). For online mode, there are no face-to-face or live online attendance requirements – a workshop recording will be available and conference presentations will be recorded and submitted online.

All students will complete online learning activities and training workshops. For their individual Capstone projects, all students will liaise with project leaders regarding meetings.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Readings will be set for each project by the Project Leader/students.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Apply knowledge and skills to an authentic work-related task in public health
  • LO2. Write a detailed report or other deliverable that meets the project’s requirements
  • LO3. Write a succinct and persuasive conference abstract
  • LO4. Deliver a succinct and persuasive conference presentation
  • LO5. Work independently and engage in self-directed learning
  • LO6. Provide support to team members as appropriate.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Enhancements made include: provision of additional resources and training on general skills relevant to the Capstone unit and publishing marking rubrics earlier in the semester.

More information can be found on Canvas.

Work, health and safety

There may be specific WHS requirements, depending on the project – these will be specified by the Project Leader.


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