PATH5113 Research Project Proposal

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Clayton Fragall
Contact hours
1 hour per week
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