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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 the continuation of research planning and writing a proposal, finalising ethics applications and approvals, data collection, data management, study write up and and dissemination. This unit runs over both first and second semesters, where buy data collection and project write up occurs in semester 1 - PODI5334 Research Project 1, oral presentation to peers and PMSD unit coordinators.

The general format of the research project is a written manuscript sections include a detailed literature review, background, an outline of the aim of the project, the methodology, results, statistical analysis, discussion and conclusion. The manuscript is to be written in a format suitable for submission to an appropriate podiatric medical journal for consideration for publication in order to disseminate the research work to the profession.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (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) demonstrate ability to covey research findings in a variety of modalities to a variety of individuals

; and (5) demonstrate the ability to work in small groups including problem solving and delegation skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation(s); (2) written assessment(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 written assessment(s) and professional communication components.

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

Unit rules
Enrolment in
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 91870, and (b)
successful completion of
PODI4225 Podiatric Populations 2 (ID 7824) PODI4226 Clinical Podiatric Practice 4 (ID 7841) PODI4227 Podiatric Surgery and Clinical Therapeutics (ID 7842) PODI4228 The High Risk Foot (ID 7843) PODI4000 Research Project Development (ID 7844)
PODI5331 Podiatric Populations 3 (ID 7845) PODI5332 Clinical Podiatric Practice 5 (ID 7846) PODI5333 Extended Placement 1 (ID 7847)
Contact hours
Approximately 3 hours of contact per week via lectures, seminars, e-learning sessions and self directed online learning, and self directed data collection time allocated for approximately 3 hours 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.