DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit equips students with knowledge relating to dental research, statistics and dental public health.
Students are able to (1) module 1: Statistics—(a) describe and discuss the various study designs in research including strengths and weaknesses; (b) explain and interpret clinical and research data; (c) define and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics; (d) discuss and interpret statistical tests used in research; and (e) transfer, analyse and interpret data using major statistical programs; (2) module 2: Introduction to Research—(a) design a clinical, laboratory or dental health research project; (b) critically evaluate the literature relevant to the research topic and synthesise in a literature review; (c) write a research proposal; (d) write an ethics application; (3) module 3: Research Project (Semester 1)—(a) work in small groups as collaborators on research projects supervised by the staff of the School of Dentistry or elsewhere from UWA; (b) prepare a literature review as a basis for the research proposal; and (c) prepare a research proposal and ethics application ready for submission to the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee; and (4) module 4: Dental Public Health—(a) describe health education, health promotion, epidemiology and disease prevention, and discuss the theory behind these concepts as relevant to oral health; (b) describe the oral health status of the Australian population and compare with international measures; (c) describe the operation of the Australian healthcare system and the way the health budget (Federal and State) is distributed (for dental health and general health); and (d) plan, develop, implement and evaluate a community oral health program.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) end-of-semester two-hour written examination; (2) assignment: proposal and ethics application (group); and (3) oral health poster assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the end-of-semester two-hour written examination component.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 overall and a mark of at least 45 in any Failed Component(s).
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mario Ferrari
Unit rules
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth and DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics and DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2 and DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders; DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1; DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
Approved quota: 56—domestic (50) and international (6); for school leavers—rural (3), Metropolitan Pathway (3), Indigenous (3), high academic achievement (5), international (3); for graduates—rural (2), Metropolitan Pathway (2), Indigenous (2), international (3), graduates (30)
  • 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.