Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit represents the equivalent of two semesters of 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.

48 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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
  • 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.