SMED5311 Research Project 1

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students commence an appropriately designed research project in an area of interest, under the supervision of a UWA academic staff member. In addition to commencing their research project, students prepare a written research proposal where they place their study in the context of the available literature, formulate one or more hypotheses or research questions based on gaps in the available knowledge (building on the literature review prepared in SMED4221 Research Foundations Unit), design an appropriate research study to test their hypotheses or answer their research questions, and outline their study design, research methods and data analysis plan in both written and oral formats.
Students are able to (1) develop and refine workable/testable hypotheses/research questions based on gaps in available knowledge; (2) develop an appropriate research plan, experimental approach or clinical audit/trial design and select appropriate outcomes to test the hypothesis or answer the research questions; (3) communicate information regarding the study background and rationale, research aims, study design and data analysis to colleagues and supervisors in an oral presentation; (4) revise and adapt components of the proposed research project based on informed feedback; and (5) display professional behaviour.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) progress report; (2) proposal defence; and (3) professional behaviour and
participation assessment (PBA). 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 professional behaviour and
participation assessment (PBA) component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jane Allan and Associate Professor Sunalene Devadason
Unit rules
SMED4221 Research Foundations Unit
Approved quota: 240—domestic (210), and international (30)
Contact hours
variable but students have regular contact with project supervisors
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