Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over four consecutive semesters and parts 1 to 4 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Honours students undertake original research via a supervised research project, a presentation of research findings and preparation of a journal-style manuscript. They also participate in the school seminar program. Specifically, students implement a research plan to investigate the research question developed in the unit; collect, manage and analyse their research data using appropriate methods; interpret the results and draw conclusions using published evidence and sound scientific arguments; present a research seminar; and prepare a manuscript of between 10,000 to 15,000 words. Students are required to attend at least 80 per cent of the School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care seminar program, or equivalent with approval of the Aboriginal Health honours coordinator. Students maintain a reflective journal of these seminars and identify the key messages of each seminar attended and any relevance to their research.

6 points

This unit provides students with the knowledge, skills and values required to conduct scientific research in an Aboriginal health context. Students are able to develop relevant practical research skills; lateral thinking and problem solving; literacy and communication skills; and professional responsibility and ethical conduct. The knowledge and skills acquired during undergraduate study are developed and consolidated, with particular emphasis on using those skills in a sustained and purposeful way in conducting independent research relevant to Aboriginal health.


This comprises supervisor reports; a research seminar presentation; a reflective journal; and a manuscript. Assessment continues across parts 1 to 3 and culminates in the final assessment being allocated on completion of part 4. Formative assessment via supervisor reports occurs in parts 1 to 3; the research seminar is assessed when undertaken; and summative assessment on tasks such as the reflective journal are not formally graded until part 4 is completed. However, formative feedback is provided in parts 1 to 3.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab
Unit rules
units leading to a major sequence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing with the requisite minimum grades
  • 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.