MEDC5801 Development and Communication of Research

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2Royal Perth HospitalMulti-mode
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Damon Bell
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
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