AHEA3300 Aboriginal Health Research Project

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
The unit outcomes establish the framework for the seminar series that form the main teaching within this unit. Students are assessed partially on their engagement and preparation in these seminars. The research projects may be chosen from a provided list or on a topic negotiated with the unit coordinator.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate how to develop effective working partnerships with Aboriginal communities and organisations; (2) develop an Aboriginal health research proposal; (3) demonstrate an understanding of ethical practice in Aboriginal health research; (4) undertake an Aboriginal health or healthcare research project in a collaborative and timely manner; (5) critically analyse the findings of a research project; and (6) succintly describe the findings and communicate these effectively in writing and verbally.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation—assessed over the semester based on attendance, preparation and contribution (20 per cent); (2) written assignment (essay)—of approximately 4000 words addressing a specific issue of relevance to Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing (40 per cent); and (3) reflective journal—based on each of the seminars over the duration of the unit (40 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab and Dr Kate Smith
Unit rules
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing;
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit;
INDG3300 Indigenous Research and Ethics
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours (alternate weeks)
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