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 represents the equivalent of two semesters of full-time study towards a final dissertation. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. The unit involves original research by the student under supervision. The dissertation gives students practice and experience in defining a clear research question, preparing a formal research protocol, conducting a review of a body of scientific literature and formal writing at a professional standard.

48 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) define a clear research question; (2) prepare a formal research proposal; (3) conduct a review of a body of scientific literature; (4) analyse and interpret a body of data; and (5) write formally at a professional standard.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal; (2) literature review; and (3) scientific writing of dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Estie Kruger
Unit rules
DENT5600 Principles of Dental Public Health, DENT5627 Oral Health Promotion, DENT5626 Oral Health Care Provision, DENT5628 Management and Financing of Oral Health Services, DENT5629 Research Methods in Dental Public and Primary Health, DENT5630 Dental Epidemiology, PUBH4403 Epidemiology I, PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics
Advisable prior study
completion of relevant coursework units prior to enrolment
Approved quota: 7—based on successful completion of core course units
Contact hours
2 hours per week
  • 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.