MEDC5801 Development and Communication of Research

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2Royal Perth HospitalFace to face
This unit teaches students how to develop research ideas and write research proposals, grants and ethics committee applications, and how to communicate research findings. Topics include philosophy of science; hypothesis generation; generating a research idea; research proposal development; application for ethics committee approval; grant procedures; informed consent, privacy and confidentiality; recruitment of research subjects; responsible conduct of research; communicating research findings clearly; preparing abstracts; writing research papers; developing graphics for presentations and basic research statistical analysis.
Students are able to (1) write fundable grant applications and research proposals; (2) write ethics committee applications; (3) understand ethical conduct in research; (4) understand the research processes of informed consent and the recruitment of subjects; (5) communicate research as abstracts, manuscripts and oral presentations; and (6) critically evaluate scientific research findings and their statistical concepts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation and (2) assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Damon Bell
Unit rules
Approved quota: 10
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.