Supervised research of up to 15,000 words presenting an original hypothesis and using previously developed research methodology, reflecting the student’s area of interest in occupational health or practice.
OCCH 590 is the 60-point dissertation for the Master of Health Sciences endorsed
in Occupational Health. It is one of two possible research pathways for the Occupational
Health endorsement, with the other being the 120-point thesis pathway. The dissertation
involves an original research project in the area of occupational health, usually
applied to the student's area of practice. The research is characterised by the
critical analysis of primary or secondary data. The research is planned, conducted
and reported by the student under the supervision of at least two supervisors (academic
staff with expertise in the relevant field or methodology). The final dissertation
is submitted for examination by two independent examiners. The dissertation is completed
in one semester of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
A 'Guide to Master of Health Sciences Research Options' is available from the Occupational Health Programme Administrator.
|Points||60 points 60 points 60 points|
|Teaching period(s)||Full Year, 1st Non standard period (1 January 2020 - 17 June 2020), 2nd Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 18 December 2020)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,715.00|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$20,726.00|
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- Teaching staff
- Teaching staff consist solely of the student's supervisors. A minimum of two supervisors are required. In some instances, a third co-supervisor may be appropriate. Students are responsible for seeking out potential supervisors and reaching initial agreement. Supervisory arrangements are then formally approved by the Research Advisory Committee through the 'research proposal approval' process.
- Paper Structure
OCCH 590 begins with the student identifying the topic they want to research and finding qualified and available supervisors. A research proposal is prepared (in consultation with the supervisors) and submitted for approval. Where relevant, ethical approval may also be required before data collection can begin.
Once the proposal is approved, the student undertakes the project as outlined in the proposal. Regular meetings with the supervisors are expected. 'Milestones' are usually established and discussed with supervisors to monitor the progress of the research and draft manuscripts.
The final dissertation is submitted for examination by two independent examiners. Examiners are nominated by the supervisor and approved by the Convenor and the Division. Examiners submit their recommendations to the Convenor; the Convenor determines the final result.
- Teaching Arrangements
- A Supervision Memorandum of Understanding (establishing responsibilities, expectations, timelines, etc for both student and supervisor) is to be prepared at the beginning of the dissertation project.
- Research resources will vary depending on the research involved and should be discussed with the supervisors.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- The dissertation will demonstrate the student's ability:
- To master a high level of understanding of the content and theoretical basis of their field of study in occupational health
- To develop a research proposal to address a research question
- To carry out independent research with supervisory support
- To critically analyse relevant literature, data and theoretical concepts
- To build a coherent argument by synthesising existing knowledge, theory and original reflection
- To communicate research outcomes effectively in writing