SMED5311 Research Project 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Students commence an appropriately designed research project in an area of interest, under the supervision of a UWA academic staff member. In addition to commencing their research project, students prepare a written research proposal where they place their study in the context of the available literature, formulate one or more hypotheses or research questions based on gaps in the available knowledge (building on the literature review prepared in SMED4221 Research Foundations Unit), design an appropriate research study to test their hypotheses or answer their research questions, and outline their study design, research methods and data analysis plan in both written and oral formats.
Students are able to (1) develop and refine workable/testable hypotheses/research questions based on gaps in available knowledge; (2) develop an appropriate research plan, experimental approach or clinical audit/trial design and select appropriate outcomes to test the hypothesis or answer the research questions; (3) communicate information regarding the study background and rationale, research aims, study design and data analysis to colleagues and supervisors in an oral presentation; and (4) revise and adapt components of the proposed research project based on informed feedback.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) progress report and (2) proposal defence. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Kevin Croft and Dr Jane Allan
Unit rules
SMED4221 Research Foundations Unit
Approved quota: 240—domestic (210), and international (30)
Contact hours
variable but students have regular contact with their project supervisor
Unit Outline
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