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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with an opportunity to design and conduct a minor research project on a scientific or clinical problem related to podiatric practice. It includes research planning, writing a proposal, ethics, data management and dissemination. This unit runs over both first and second semesters.

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

Students are able to (1) critically evaluate the literature relevant to the research topic; (2) describe the research methods employed, analyse and discuss results obtained from the podiatric research project; (3) write a podiatric research project report in manuscript form; (4) construct a research proposal including an ethics application (if applicable), suitable for submission to the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee; (5) create and present a PowerPoint presentation summarising the podiatric research project; and (6) demonstrate the ability to work in small groups including problem solving and delegation skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research project report; (2) seminar presentation of project; and (3) supervisor/coordinator mark. 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 Renee Silvester
Unit rules
completion of all Level 2 units within the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Formative assessment will be the response to suggestions and feedback given by the supervisor and unit coordinator on drafts of the ethics application, report and seminar (10%).
Summative assessment will be the marks for report and seminar (70% + 20%).

  • 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.