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Unit Overview

This unit is part of the pathway course for Indigenous students seeking access to postgraduate health professional science courses. The unit introduces students to health science research, evidence-based practice, the methods and approaches involved in carrying out research, and interpreting research. In addition to lectures and tutorials, students work through the practical demands of undertaking a research project of their own. In consultation with the unit coordinator, students choose a topic of interest related to material covered in the other units of the Advanced Diploma in Medical and Aboriginal Health Sciences. This project is the vehicle for discussing the components of the research process, including scientific communication, critical evaluation, appropriate methodology and research design. As part of the unit, students are also guided through completion of modules of the online Science Communication and Research Skills (SCoReS) unit.
6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the capacity to locate a variety of resources in representing a range of viewpoints; (2) discriminate the type of information relevant to their information need; (3) use appropriate electronic resources effectively (OneSearch, databases); (4) determine the reliability and trustworthiness of resources (e; (5) g; (6) websites, journal articles); (7) critically evaluate sources of information; (8) apply appropriate research strategies to differing assignment tasks; (9) cite sources correctly using a specific referencing style; (10) identify ethical issues in a research topic with particular reference to the complexities involved in Aboriginal health research; (11) identify and discuss the distinction between quantitative and qualitative research; (12) interpret basic epidemiological information; (13) present findings to their peers in a multimedia format; and (12) present a logical and coherent written report on their research; and (14) Completion of this unit (and AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods) satisfies the information literacy outcomes expected of new entrants to the Doctor of Medicine course (as adapted from the current Year 1 and 2 outcomes for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery course, by Information Services, Medical and Dental Library).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) proposal outline; (2) survey of sources and literature survey; (3) oral presentation and discussion of ethical issues within the framework of The University of Western Australia's ethics approval; (4) written presentation of research; and (5) oral presentation of research. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab
Unit rules
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health (or equivalent),
and AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I (or equivalent),
and AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II (or equivalent),
and AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods (or equivalent)
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.