UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SMED4221 Research Foundations Unit

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multimode
Content This unit is a foundation unit for students proposing to conduct research as either part of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Scholarly Activity stream or in the future. The unit covers the principles of good scientific conduct in research and the ethical conduct of research on human participants. A brief overview of animal ethics issues is provided. The unit emphasises the importance of honesty and integrity in science and provides students with an introduction to the ethical basis of scientific requirements such as data management and documentation, dealing with conflicts of interest, open publication versus commercialisation of scientific findings, protection of intellectual property, authorship and allocation of credit, errors and mistakes in science. This unit then goes on to cover ethical issues dealing specifically with research in humans, including the four basic tenets (research merit/integrity, justice, beneficence and respect) and their historical origins, assessment of research benefits versus risk to the participants, risk minimisation, the importance and principles of informed consent, maintenance of participant confidentiality, including de-identification and storage of information and/or biological samples, and working with vulnerable populations or participants who are unable to provide informed consent.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe the importance of scientific integrity and ethical conduct in research; (2) discuss the key issues relevant to human and animal research; (3) demonstrate the acquisition of basic skills and training necessary to undertake research in their chosen field; (4) critically review literature in their proposed field of research; and (5) design a research project, outlining the study background and rationale, research questions, study design and data analysis.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) online quizzes; (2) literature review; (3) research proposal; and (4) professional behaviour assessments. 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 standard(s) for the professional behaviour assessments component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Kevin Croft and Dr Jane Allan
Unit rules
Prerequisites: IMED4211 Systems-based Learning 2
Approved quota: 240—210 domestic and 30 international
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/SMED4221/TS-C-2/2017

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