DENT5603 Dental Research Methodology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Omar Kujan
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry 90840
Incompatibility:
PUBH5757 Clinical Epidemiology (formerly PUBH8757 Clinical Epidemiology)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
Texts

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.

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