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Unit Overview


This dissertation unit extends over the three-year duration of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry course. The dissertation unit requires students to define a project and develop research questions or hypotheses, set objectives and aims, plan and execute the research, interpret the results and present those results in oral and/or written forms. The final output of the research project will be a research dissertation, which is typically in one of the following forms, as determined by the Program Convenor/research supervisor:

a) a 12,000 - 18,000 word text object (with embedded figures and tables); or

b) one or more research manuscript(s) of at least 6,000 words each in a format suitable for publication in a peer reviewed reputable academic journal of the discipline.

Students may have to present their results of their research in a short oral presentation to the external examiners, which is subject to the supervisor's discretion. The external examiners will assess all components of the dissertation namely: research proposal; literature review; description of relevant research methods; interpretation of the research findings; oral presentation (where appropriate, subject to the supervisors discretion); and appropriate use of the discourse conventions of research in the discipline.

30 points
Not available in 2024Oral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face

Students are able to (1) gather background information relevant to a predefined field of enquiry; (2) develop skills to critically assess the relevant literature; (3) write a literature review and research proposal outlining the research project; (4) collect relevant data involving primary and secondary sources as appropriate; (5) utilise appropriate means of quantitative and/or qualitative analysis to explore the data; and; and (6) write the results in a professional academic manner in the format of a dissertation or an academic journal paper..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Johan Aps
Unit rules
Must be enrolled in DClinDent (90840) program
Contact hours
Regular meetings with supervisor
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