DENT 7200 - Research Methods, Experimental Design & Ethics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Associate Professor James Dudley
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
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
Data management & analysis
Effective Oral Presentations
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 & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSeminars 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 SummarySeminars 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 RequirementsNone
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Assessment SummaryProviding satisfactory progress is made towards the research project a CN grade will be awarded.
Assessment Related RequirementsNone
Assessment DetailWork undertaken to present research protocol to the School and preparation of literature review.
SubmissionDetails will be provided via MyUni
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