Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit covers critical analysis of research papers and examines the strengths and weaknesses of research designs. Students gain expertise in using online information resources and managing references, preparing research funding applications, research reporting, data management and journal article writing in refereed journals. Students identify critique and synthesise the literature. Students identify requirements and write a research plan, and determine resources and funding sources for research. The requirements and guiding documents for research ethics are considered. The unit uses a variety of modes of learning and is structured to encourage students to be active and independent learners in a supportive learning environment. Some work is performed as group activities and other work is completed as individuals, reflecting how work on many research projects is undertaken.

Professional Behaviour Requirements - Please refer to the Dental School Handbook regarding requirements and consequences of non-compliance, which can delay course progression and/or graduation, depending on circumstances.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe and plan the main steps in a research project; (2) describe the use of frameworks and experimental models; (3) use skills in research design to design a project; (4) collate, critically appraise, integrate and write a review of the literature (including non-journal sources); (5) identify appropriate biostatistics questions to be considered in a research study and demonstrate working knowledge of basic biostatistics; (6) use statistical programs for simple research design and handling of data; (7) prepare data and plan analyses; (8) write a clear and thorough research proposal and format for an ADRF/APRF grant application; and (9) write an ethics application with an understanding of appropriate guidelines.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment 1; (2) assignment 2; and (3) examination. 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)
Dr Omar Kujan
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry 90840
PUBH5757 Clinical Epidemiology (ID 1611)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per week

Key reading material is made available to students through CMO (Course Materials Online) and LMS (Learning Management System). Students may need to seek out other resources for assignments.

  • 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.