DENT 7200 - Research Methods, Experimental Design & Ethics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

The course of seminars and workshops aims to provide students with an appreciation of research methods, experimental design and ethics as they apply to research in dentistry.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7200
    Course Research Methods, Experimental Design & Ethics
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Doctor of Clinical Dentistry only
    Course Description The course of seminars and workshops aims to provide students with an appreciation of research methods, experimental design and ethics as they apply to research in dentistry.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor James Dudley

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Weekly Seminar Series in Semester. Topics include;
    Databases, Cochrane Library
    Pre-reading Statistics
    What is research? Basic principles.
    Scientific method. Ethical concepts.
    Study designs in Clinical Research
    Reviewing the literature, Systematic Reviews
    Developing research questions. Formulating hypotheses. Experimental design.
    Reviewing the literature
    Health Welfare and Safety
    Intellectual Property
    Practical biostatistics
    Data management & analysis
    Effective Oral Presentations
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate an appreciation of research methods, study design and experimental design as they apply to research in dentistry
    2. Demonstrate understanding of scientific method, ethics and the code of conduct of research
    3. Demonstrate understanding of study design, experimental design, basic biostatistics and methodology
    4. Demonstrate ability to search for, locate and evaluate research literature critically
    5. Demonstrate ability to manage and analyse data
    6. Demonstrate the skills of scientific communication including scientific writing and oral presentation
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Seminars and workshops supported by problem-solving tutorials which develop the material covered.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    10 hours per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    Seminars on: Basic principles of research, Scientific method, Ethical concepts, Study designs in clinical research, Developing research questions, Formulating hypotheses, Experimental design, Reviewing the literature, Developing research protocols, Practical biostatistics, Data management & analysis, Practical ethics & issues, Intellectual property, Giving oral presentations.

    Workshops on: evidence-based dentistry, Cochrane Library and bibliographic databases, and laboratory & chemical safety.Evaluation and written critique of selected scientific papers.Preparation of literature review and research protocol.Student presentation of Research Protocol.
    Specific Course Requirements
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Providing satisfactory progress is made towards the research project a CN grade will be awarded.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    Work undertaken to present research protocol to the School and preparation of literature review.
    Details will be provided via MyUni
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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