DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit equips students with knowledge relating to dental research, statistics and dental public health.
Students are able to (1) module 1: Statistics—(a) describe and discuss the various study designs in research including strengths and weaknesses; (b) explain and interpret clinical and research data; (c) define and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics; (d) discuss and interpret statistical tests used in research; and (e) transfer, analyse and interpret data using major statistical programs; (2) module 2: Introduction to Research—(a) design a clinical, laboratory or dental health research project; (b) critically evaluate the literature relevant to the research topic and synthesise in a literature review; (c) write a research proposal; (d) write an ethics application; (3) module 3: Research Project (Semester 1)—(a) work in small groups as collaborators on research projects supervised by the staff of the School of Dentistry or elsewhere from UWA; (b) prepare a literature review as a basis for the research proposal; and (c) prepare a research proposal and ethics application ready for submission to the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee; and (4) module 4: Dental Public Health—(a) describe health education, health promotion, epidemiology and disease prevention, and discuss the theory behind these concepts as relevant to oral health; (b) describe the oral health status of the Australian population and compare with international measures; (c) describe the operation of the Australian healthcare system and the way the health budget (Federal and State) is distributed (for dental health and general health); and (d) plan, develop, implement and evaluate a community oral health program.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) end-of-semester two-hour written examination; (2) assignment: proposal and ethics application (group); and (3) oral health poster assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the end-of-semester two-hour written examination component.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 overall and a mark of at least 45 in any Failed Component(s).
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Linda Slack-Smith
Unit rules
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Approved quota: 56—domestic (50) and international (6); for school leavers—rural (3), Metropolitan Pathway (3), Indigenous (3), high academic achievement (5), international (3); for graduates—rural (2), Metropolitan Pathway (2), Indigenous (2), international (3), graduates (30)
Unit Outline
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.