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Unit Overview


In combination with the prerequisite unit PATH5113 this unit has been designed to introduce students to the manner in which original scientific research should be undertaken and help develop the skills required to communicate their findings. Students will develop their communication skills and ability to explain research to both scientific and lay audiences by producing a research blog, abstract, and poster presentation for assessment. Co-requisite research units will also assess dissertation and seminar based communication of the students own research, providing a breadth of experience across the major communication styles used by contemporary researchers.

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

Students are able to (1) formulate and structure laboratory research findings to the standard suitable for presentation to a forum of scientific peers or at scientific meetings and (2) communicate effectively to a lay audience or the general public.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) contemporary communication piece and (2) formal scientific communication piece. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Clayton Fragall
Unit rules
PATH5113 Research Project Proposal and either (PATH5115 Research Project Part 1
or PATH5117 Research Project Part 1)
PATH5116 Research Project Part 2
or PATH5118 Research Project Part 2
Contact hours
tutorial/workshops: 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.