Dental Research Project 1

Subject DENT90063 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 112 hours (64 contact, 48 non-contact)
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Teaching Blocks 1 and 2 subjects.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A.
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: This subject comprises the background research and literature review of a research project. In the 2nd and 3rd years of the DDS, the continuation and completion of this project will take place under the companion subjects 'Dental Research Project 2 and 3'. At the commencement of this subject in Teaching Block 3, students will be divided into groups and a supervisor and research project will be allocated to each group. Each group will be maintained throughout second and third years. The School reserves the right to adjust the membership of a group when necessary. The research project can be undertaken in any of the following disciplines: Restorative Dentistry, Growth and Development, Oral Biology, Oral Medicine, Pathology and Surgery or Population and Oral Health Sciences. In conjunction with the supervising staff member(s), each group will be required to develop the research project's aims and objectives, determine the details on facilities required and consult with the supervisor(s) at regular intervals.

On completion of this subject, the student will:

be competent in:

  1. formulating a hypothesis and in planning how the hypothesis may be tested;
  2. planning the execution of the research, understanding the process of undertaking the research, recording data and analysing results;
  3. written and oral presentation and in responding to questions;
  4. assessing the validity of results and setting these in the overall knowledge on the topic;
  5. working as a member of a research team.

be able to analyse the:

  1. principles of research methodology;
  2. importance of formulating precise objectives for a research project;
  3. need for a thorough review of the existing knowledge of the research topic;
  4. need for the scientific assessment of the results and the presentation of the findings in a manner acceptable to the scientific community.
  1. A literature review of no more than 3000 words based on the research project - to be submitted at the end of Teaching Block 4 (50%);
  2. 1 x 2 hour on-line examination at the end of Teaching Block 4 (50%).
Prescribed Texts:

Lesaffre E, Feine J, Leroux B and Declerk D (eds) 2009 Statistical and Methodological Aspects of Health Research, Wiley, West Sussex, UK

Berry R 2004 The research project: how to write it, Routledge, London, New York

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students should:

  1. be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
  2. demonstrate infellectual curiosity and creativity;
  3. develop skills in effective communication as a team member whilst respecting individual differences;
  4. develop effective organisational skills and time management;
  5. be able to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
  6. demonstrate profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
  7. be able to identify and address their own learning needs.
Related Course(s): Doctor of Dental Surgery

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