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Unit Overview


The DPS research project is conducted over four units. By the end of the four units, students are expected to produce a research article to the standards suitable for publication. As the first unit of the four, this unit embarks the student on their research project with the knowledge obtained from PUBH4401, PUBH5805 and PUBH5757, whereby students are expected to undertake a thorough literature review, proposal and ethics application which is then presented to an expert audience for feedback.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify a gap in knowledge to construct a surgically relevant research question; (2) implement research design skills to write a research proposal with appropriate methodology (ie. quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods); (3) apply understanding of the ethics application process; (4) present research proposal to an educated expert audience; (5) demonstrate professional communication skills; and (6) demonstrate developing reaserch skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment/s; (2) oral presentation; 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 component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Renee Silvester
Unit rules
completion of all Doctor of Clinical Podiatry (91830) Group A core units
and PUBH4401 (ID698) PUBH5805 (ID1607) PUBH4403 (ID 707)
PODI5515 Introduction to Surgical Skills (ID 3779) PODI5514 Podiatric Medicine Practicum (ID 3778)
Contact hours
supervised research: offered intensively

Mathieson, I. and Upton, D. A Podiatrist's Guide to Using Research: Churchill Livington 2008

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  • 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.