Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on three components: (1) literature review - examiners assess the student's understanding of the current state of the topic of research, their ability to review and analyse scientific literature, and write a literature review suitable for inclusion in a research thesis; (2) research plan - examiners assess the clinical relevance of the project being proposed, the coherence and feasibility of its scope, timelines and resource implications, and the novelty of the ideas and techniques being utilised; and (3) seminar - academics and research scientists assess the student's understanding of the research process, their ability to present their findings and proposal in a scientific forum, and the scientific and clinical value of the project that is being proposed.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) design and develop a research project proposal; (2) discuss the nexus between the clinical laboratory and the development and application of novel techniques and/or processes; (3) formulate research project plans incorporating project scope, resource allocation and timelines; (4) present both orally and in written form a research project proposal; (5) present both orally and in written form, a review of research literature relevant to the research project field; and (6) present both orally and in written form, a review of research literature relevant to the research project field.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research plan; (2) literature review; and (3) seminar. 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 Clayton Fragall
Contact hours
1 hour 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.