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Unit Overview


This unit aims to summarise and conclude the overall learning and skill sets of students in implementing a major scientific investigation, including literature search and review, ethics and governance, study design, data collection, management and analysis, as well as the ability to complete a scientific dissertation. Groups of students, having completed a literature review (OPTM5101), designed a study and applied for ethics committee approvals (OPTM5103), will carry out their research projects under the guidance and advice of supervisors and mentors. These projects allow students to work collaboratively within a research team to execute the project, in either visual science or clinical practice fields of knowledge, and to present their findings in a research dissertation and an oral presentation.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply good research practices and ethics requirements to the conduct the study; (2) perform an analysis of the data using appropriate software and statistical methods; (3) interpret the collective data with reference to literature evidence; (4) present the research in written form and orally in a public seminar; and (5) collaborate within a research team.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) evaluation by supervisor; (2) research dissertation; and (3) oral assessment. 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)
Zahra Tajbakhsh
Unit rules
Completion of OPTM5103 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 2
AND OPTM5104 Optometric Practice 2
OPTM5106 Integrated Optometric Practice
Contact hours
workshops and tutorial sessions, collection of research data: equivalent to 2-3 days per week
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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.