SURG5852 Thesis Research (full-time)

48 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit represents the equivalent of two semesters full-time study towards a final thesis relevant to surgery. Undertaking the thesis provides students with the transferable skills to initiate and develop research effectively and independently. Students expand their knowledge and learn how to design, conduct, analyse, evaluate and produce high-calibre surgical research. The thesis should provide a comprehensive study of the topic under consideration and make a substantial and original contribution to the field of surgery. It should also focus on the improvement of professional practice through detailed study of practice issues and applications of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
Students are able to (1) conduct research that advances existing models, theories, instruments and methods in surgery; (2) conduct a critical evaluation of the literature; (3) demonstrate familiarity with the processes undertaken in order to achieve successful grant applications and ethics approval; (4) develop understanding and competence in the use of biostatistical techniques; (5) monitor and evaluate studies in relation to agreed protocols; (6) clarify and evaluate the implications of research outcomes for practice; and (7) evaluate the potential impact of new developments on organisational functioning and healthcare practices.
This is based on the evaluation of a thesis of between 30,000 and 50,000 words comprised of a literature review, methodology, presentation of results, discussion of findings and, if applicable, application to clinical practice.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Nathan Pavlos
Contact hours
intensive supervised research
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