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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) develop fundable grant applications and research proposals; (2) apply their understanding of ethical conduct in research; (3) apply the research processes of informed consent and the recruitment of subjects; (4) communicate research as oral presentations; and (5) critically apply scientific research findings and statistical concepts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) formal research proposal; (2) written assignment; and (3) oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Damon Bell
Unit rules
Contact hours
over the semester: 18 hours of on-line content, 16 hours of lectures, 2 to 4 hours individual statistics workshop, 8 hours presentations
  • 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.