Centre for Rural Health

Current Students

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Approach to Learning in the course

As a post-graduate program, students are expected to have some academic skills. Based on this expectation, this is a student-centred and self-directed program. Critical thinking as an important element of the program. Students are encouraged to draw on the academic literature to express informed opinions and the range of assignments is designed to facilitate this. As part of the self-directed approach, students are encouraged to contribute to discussions with their peers through discussion forums. While these forums may occasionally be led by teaching staff, student-initiated discussions are preferred.

Simply reproducing the views or approaches of scholars or teachers is not encouraged and may even be regarded as plagiarism. We expect you to use the work of others to build your own understanding, while using their work to support your arguments.

Student Views on self-directed learning

Study Resources

A range of study resources is provided. This includes information about how to approach the assignment tasks and other activities, study and writing guides, academic and professional publications, government and other relevant position papers, policy documents, and critical analyses by consumer and professional groups. The resources are intended to assist students to voice informed opinions and present critical arguments. These study materials are based around assignments rather than structured as weekly lectures.

General information

Textbooks used in Course

  • Whetton, S., (2005): Health Informatics: a socio-technical perspective, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Neuman, W. L. (2013). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (7th Edition) Pearson
  • Grain, S. and Proctor, P., (2009): Using Health Data: Applying technology to work smarter. Churchill Livingstone, Australia (Recommended)
  • Coiera, E, (2015) Guide to Health Informatics, CRC Press,
  • Hovenga, E., Kidd, M., Garde, S., Hullin, C., Cossio, L., (eds) (2010) Health informatics: an overview. IOS Press

Organising, Writing and Presenting your Work

Getting Ready

Types of Assignments

Throughout this course, you will be asked to present work in a variety of formats. This section of the resources material provides information about:

Writing Your Assignments

Additional Resources

University of Tasmania Student Learning Resources