Studying online

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Unit Overview


This is the project planning unit where students design their research project and submit ethics applications, with the intent to undertake data collection in PODI4000 and PODI5334 once they have received ethics and other necessary approvals in this unit. Online learning modules in evidence-based healthcare research is taken by students to develop understanding of tenants of evidence based practice, frameworks, models, research methodologies and methods. Students develop a research plan with their supervisor(s) which includes identifying resources and funding sources to support their research, along with preparing research funding applications. The requirements and guiding documents for research ethics are considered. Students develop critical thinking and analytical skills by developing a research project proposal and applying for ethics approval to undertake the study. Students identify requirements and write a research plan, and determine resources and funding sources for research. The requirements and guiding documents for research ethics are considered. Students gain expertise in using online information resources and managing references and must demonstrate the ability to work in small groups including problem solving and delegation skills. Students develop critical thinking and analytical skills by developing a research project protocol and applying for ethics approval to undertake the study, through the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee and other external research partner ethics or governance committees. The protocol will include appropriate collection, analysis, and storage details for any data collected as part of their future research.

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

Students are able to (1) develop a research plan;

; (2) identify funding resources for (podiatric) research;

; (3) design a research protocol to include the background, aim(s), rationale, research question(s), study design, recruitment, data management, to a standard suitable for submission for publication; (4) submit an application for ethics committee (or equivalent external governance process) approval to conduct research demonstratin an understanding of appropriate guidelines;

; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of the NHMRC and University requirements relating to data collection, management, and storage..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) assignment(s); and (3) professional communication. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the assignment(s) and professional communication components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gilly Smith
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 91870, and (b)
successful completion of
PODI3114 Podiatric Biomechanics (ID 7820) PODI3116 Clinical Podiatric Practice 2 (ID 7822) PODI3117 Pharmacotherapeutics for Podiatrists 1 (ID 7823) PODI3118 Research and Evidence in Practice (ID 7840) PODI3000 Professionalism in Practice (ID 7835)
PODI4221 Podiatric Populations 1 (ID 7836) PODI4222 Clinical Podiatric Practice 3 (ID 7837) PODI4223 Pharmacotherapeutics for Podiatrists 2 (ID 7838)
Contact hours
Approximately 6 hours per week, including lectures and a combination of: seminars, workshops, e-learning sessions, tutorials, and self-directed online learning.
  • 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.