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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to run concurrently with PAED4404 Child Health Honours Research Project I, and provides honours students with the research skills necessary to undertake their chosen research project. Students undertake an extensive review of the literature and prepare a research proposal outlining the rationale and hypotheses underpinning their research project, the proposed study design and experimental methods to be utilised, and the development of a prospective data/statistical analysis plan.

Students are to present a research proposal seminar where they justify their research plan, and are given feedback on their proposed research. They then adapt the written research proposal based on feedback from the seminar.

Based on the methods to be used in their individual research projects, students are to undertake occupational health and safety courses, including laboratory safety, radioisotope handling, clinical holding (for paediatric patient based studies), phlebotomy, animal handling, etc.

6 points

Students are able to (1) critically review available literature relevant to the research field; (2) develop and refine workable/testable hypotheses/research questions based on gaps in available knowledge; (3) develop an appropriate research plan and experimental approach to test the hypothesis or answer the research questions; (4) communicate information regarding the study background and rationale, research aims, study design and data analysis to colleagues and supervisors in both oral and written form; and (5) revise and adapt components of the proposed research project based on informed feedback.


Formative assessments: written feedback on literature review; written research proposal by the supervisor; verbal feedback from the supervisor and other staff members on the research proposal seminar. Summative assessments: literature review (40 per cent); research proposal seminar (20 per cent); written research proposal (40 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Sunalene Devadason
Unit rules
enrolment in
honours in Child and Adolescent Health
Contact hours
lectures: 1 per week
tutorials: 1 per week
  • 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.
  • 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.