AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is part of the pathway course for Indigenous students seeking access to postgraduate health professional science courses. The unit provides a foundation in the communication and research skills appropriate to a tertiary undergraduate level. The unit provides the means for students to develop and consolidate competency in a range of communicative contexts. Topics covered include conventions of various modes of academic discourse (scientific and non-scientific), basic library, database, research skills, textual interpretation and critical reading, the conventions and expectations of a variety of assessment modes and associated strategies required to meet those expectations. The unit is integrated with the other first semester units in the Advanced Diploma in Medical and Aboriginal Health Sciences. In addition to the core content of this unit, research and communication methods employed by other units are used as particular examples of the broader research and communication skills required in the tertiary context. The unit also supports students' engagement with the compulsory online unit for all students, CARS1000 Communication and Research Skills.
Students are able to (1) clarify the main concepts of an assignment topic using reference sources; (2) select keywords representing the major concepts in an assignment topic; (3) distinguish between the various types of material (e; (4) g; (5) books, e-books, journals, book chapters, internet resources) and methods of access; (6) demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and coverage of different information access tools; (7) construct an appropriate search strategy for specified resources; (8) demonstrate knowledge of appropriate electronic sources; (9) recognise the need to critically evaluate information; (10) recognise the importance of citing sources and quoting accurately (avoiding plagiarism); (11) explain the rationale of referencing in the academic context; (12) know where to go to get further assistance; (13) identify the demands of differing assignment/assessment tasks; (14) identify the differing strategies to be applied to different assessment tasks; and (15) participate effectively in a team environment; and (14) orally present to a group of peers.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) library search exercise; (2) scientific report; (3) descriptive essay; (4) analytic essay; (5) one-hour short-answer examination; (6) one-hour multiple-choice examination; and (7) group tutorial presentation. 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
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  • 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.
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