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Unit Overview


Building on the OPTM4103 unit, students will develop an extended understanding and appreciation of scientific research on evidence-based practice and challenges within our health system. Students will encounter more of the fascinating research that has informed our current understanding of the visual system and population health. Students will hone their skills in areas relating to the essentials of reading, writing and appraising vision science research, as well as refinement of skills in teamwork and peer review process. Topics of the unit will explain the need for researchers to possess knowledge of advanced scientific research methods, biostatistics, critical appraisal of publications, ethics approval and grant applications

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the critical elements, using a relevant exemplar, of clear and concise scientific writing; (2) interpret and compute basic statistics (such as t-test, correlation, odds ratio and descriptive statistics) as might be used to produce a scientific paper; (3) critically appraise a paper from the field of optometry and vision science, through an oral presentation; and (4) explain the reasons, the processes, and the roles of research ethics and research grant committees.


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
OPTM4103 Research Fundamentals and Methodology 1 (ID 7938).
or equivalent
OPTM4105 Principles of Optics 2 (ID 7940).
OPTM4106 Physiological Optics and Visual Perception.
OPTM4108 Foundations of Clinical Optometry
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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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.