AHEA2205 Human Sciences Research Project

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 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.
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.

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
Unit rules
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health (or equivalent),
AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I (or equivalent),
AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II (or equivalent),
AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods (or equivalent)
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