Preparing to Study
All our modules are taught and examined at UK postgraduate Masters-level. This level of academic work challenges students to fully understand the methods and techniques used in advanced public health practice, to evaluate critically the latest public health knowledge and research, and as a result be able to apply this knowledge in complex situations. You need to be aware that this is different from undergraduate studies and will require you to develop new study and academic skills, if you have not yet studied at Masters-level.
This course will help you to learn the skills you need to think critically at Masters level. To be a good critical thinker takes time and practice. This course gives you an introduction to the skills you need to help you be more critical. You will develop these academic skills further in the modules you will study whilst being student with Peoples-uni.
Apart from reading and thinking critically, we learn by engaging with each other and our tutors. Therefore participating in each module's discussion forum is a vital part of learning. In this course you will also learn how to prepare a comprehensive discussion contribution, which is yet another opportunity to practice the academic skills you will need for working on final assignments, and in your future academic and working life.
On this course you will learn how to:
1) ask critical questions
2) make reflective notes
3) search for evidence
4) judge the quality of evidence
5) write a discussion post for online forums
There are no assignments in this course, but the course includes exercises to allow you to practice the relevant skills.
After each Topic, you can leave feedback for the course development team, so we can improve the course in the future.
All resources for this course are also in the Resources Library on Student Corner which is available to all Peoples-uni students. Link to the Student Corner here.