DENT 4005 - Research Methods & Ethics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

The material presented is designed to assist students to develop research skills. The series of seminars, delivered in Semester 1, provides an appreciation of the scientific method and of ethics as well as practical aspects of biostatistics, experimental design, research methodology, laboratory safety and infection control, use of computers and bibliographic databases, preparation of initial research proposal, evaluation of research papers, scientific writing and presentation of research findings.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 4005
    Course Research Methods & Ethics
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week (2 hour seminar, 1 hour supervisor meeting)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites Satisfactory completion of suitable undergraduate program subject to approval by Head of School or to B.Sci Dent students who have successfully completed Dental Science and Practice III
    Course Description The material presented is designed to assist students to develop research skills. The series of seminars, delivered in Semester 1, provides an appreciation of the scientific method and of ethics as well as practical aspects of biostatistics, experimental design, research methodology, laboratory safety and infection control, use of computers and bibliographic databases, preparation of initial research proposal, evaluation of research papers, scientific writing and presentation of research findings.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Denice Higgins

    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. Work effectively as an individual to plan and deliver outcomes.
    2. Work effectively in teams in small group and research contexts.
    3. Communicate scientific information including research context, approach, findings and significance clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.
    4. Critically interpret, evaluate and synthesise understanding of background literature, and critically interpret and evaluate the methodology used and results obtained in a research context.
    5. Understand and demonstrate professional and ethically-appropriate research principles and workplace behaviours.
    6. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, and advanced research skills including competency in investigative techniques and technologies relating to one or more disciplines in dental science.

     




    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    4 & 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4 & 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2,3,& 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1 & 2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A list of resourses will be provided by the Coordinator (if required).
    Recommended Resources
    A list of resourses will be provided by the Coordinator (if required).
    Online Learning
    Recorded Seminars will be available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures, Seminars and Workshops.
    Supervisor supported review meetings.
    Student presentations of research protocols at end of Semester.
    Self directed learning.
    Workload

    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
    Weekly 1 hour seminars.

    Student presentations of research protocols.

    Supervisor Review meetings.
    Specific Course Requirements
    None
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The program is largely SGDE.
  • 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

    Literature Review (assessed by supervisors) 40%

    A focussed and comprehensive review of relevant literature (approx. 8000 words, excluding references) directly related to the research proposal.

    Research Proposal (assessed by supervisors) 40%

    Students are required to compose a proposal, outlining their Honours research project. This will be undertaken with appropriate guidance from their Supervisor (s) and utilise the learning from the RME seminars. The proposal will be a maximum of 3000 words (excluding references).

    Research Proposal Presentation (assessed by School academic staff) 20%

    Students are required to deliver an oral presentation (of approximately 30 minutes including questions) regarding their Research Proposal in front of an audience. Students will be assessed by two academic staff examiners, independent of the supervisor panel, using an existing assessment rubric.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    None
    Assessment Detail
    Literature Review
    A focussed and comprehensive review of relevant literature (approx. 8000 words, excluding references) directly related to the research proposal.

    Research Proposal
    Students are required to compose a proposal, outlining their Honours research project. This will be undertaken with appropriate guidance from their Supervisor (s) and utilise the learning from the RME seminars. The proposal will be a maximum of 3000 words (excluding references).

    Research Proposal Presentation
    Students are required to deliver an oral presentation (of approximately 30 minutes including questions) regarding their Research Proposal in front of an audience. Students will be assessed by two academic staff examiners, independent of the supervisor panel, using an existing assessment rubric.
    Submission
    Details regarding Assessment Submission will be provided by the Co-ordinator via MyUni.
    Course Grading

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

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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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