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OPTM4103 Research Fundamentals and Methodology 1

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
In this unit, students will learn about scientific research which has brought us to our current understanding of various aspects of the visual system. Using vision science research as exemplars, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the academic culture of scientific research. This unit aims to teach students the essential and lifelong skills of sourcing, reading and writing about vision science research in the appropriate scientific style. These skills are essential in order for future optometrists to make clinical decisions using evidence-based practice. Another equally important aim of the unit is for the student to develop essential skills in team-based learning. Topics include the scientific method, anatomy of a research paper, retrieving credible scientific material, scientific writing, peer review and scientific communication.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) search, locate, cite and review scientific literatures and produce an evidence-based summary appropriate for varying stakeholders; (2) describe to peers, in the form of an oral presentation, a topic relevant to optometric practice and refer to peer-reviewed clinical and scientific literature, to provide justification for their use; (3) communicate scientific and clinical knowledge in both oral and written formats in a culturally sensitive manner that targets varying levels of scientific literacy; and (4) identify, evaluate and discuss the strengths and limitations of various types of scientific study designs.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review; (2) oral assessments; and (3) written assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Hamed Niyazmand
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Doctor of Optometry 91590
Co-requisites:
OPTM4101 Principles of Optics 1 (ID 7936); OPTM4102 Structure and Function of the Eye; OPTM4104 Foundations of Optometry;
Incompatibility:
Nil
Approved quota: 64—quota places are allocated based on admission requirements contained within CAIDi 91590 Doctor of Optometry (coursework) (extended).
Contact hours
Workshops and problem-based learning tutorials up to 20 hours.
Lectures and seminars up to 60 hours.
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