PUBH4402 Honours Research Process

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provide students with the necessary knowledge to enable them to complete and submit a research proposal relevant to their research topic and prepare them for data collection, analysis and writing. The development of their proposal and the undertaking of a substantial literature review and description and justification of their chosen research methods enables students to engage with the literature relevant in a scholarly way. The undertaking of a research proposal seminar enables students to respond to feedback and/or justify the approach taken.

The unit introduces students to the scientific method and philosophical assumptions underpinning research paradigms. It also covers occupational safety and health issues associated with undertaking research; components of a research proposal; data management (including Advanced Word, databases, data security, managing data and passwords); information literacy; an overview of ethics (covered in detail in PAED4401 Research Conduct and Ethics undertaken in semester 2); reviewing the literature; writing a manuscript; research instrument development; community involvement in research; researching with minority/marginalised groups and sensitive issues; qualitative research methods; and experimental and epidemiological research design.
Students are able to (1) independently design a research plan; (2) conceptualise and develop a research question/hypothesis related to a research topic; (3) apply research skills to search and retrieve information relevant to a research topic; (4) critically appraise existing scientific literature relevant to a research topic; (5) design an appropriate research plan; (6) describe and justify research methods; (7) demonstrate scholarly communication of research aims, methods and relevant literature; and (8) interpret and respond appropriately to feedback.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation and (2) research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Karen Martin
Unit rules
enrolment in honours in Population Health (HONS-PPHLT);
BPhil(Hons) (BH005)
Contact hours
One week (30 hours) intensive teaching the week prior to Semester 1 plus approximately one meeting per fortnight with honours project supervisor/s.
Intensive teaching for five days (Monday to Friday) in the week before standard teaching semester 1 starts (in late February). Assessments for the unit are due in the next ten weeks following the intensive teaching week (last assessment completed in early May).
This unit covers research training and research development topics for honours research. In the non-standard unit offering, there will be 20 contact hours of seminars supported by tutorials, in the first intensive week of the course. Following the first week, students will liaise and communicate with their research supervisor(s) on the development of their research proposal, which will be submitted around eight weeks later. In terms of contact hours and workload, the non-standard unit offering is equivalent to when it was offered in a standard teaching semester. However, the timing of the contact and content teaching has been adjusted to better suit the needs of an honours research student.
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  • 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.
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