Research Project 1 (ORTH5047)


The aim of this unit of study is for students to acquire an understanding of the principles of research that can be used in the critical evaluation of scientific and medical literature and its application to clinical practice. It will provide foundation knowledge to enable students to develop an understanding of the design of feasible and sound research projects, as well as preparing them to present their research and its outcomes in appropriate professional forums. New developments and controversies in vision sciences and their impact on professional practice will be critically analysed and discussed with an emphasis on the soundness of research methodologies and conclusions drawn from findings. Students will use current technology and databases to find, read, evaluate and present information about research relevant to a variety of research topics in the vision sciences. They will participate in structured discussion of relevant scientific papers. Students will be introduced to reference database systems and scientific journal referencing styles. They will study the principles of evidence-based practice, and randomised controlled trials in the clinical setting. They will gain experience in consulting databases of summarised data, and search systems for scientific reviews of clinical trials. They will review principles used to evaluate published research.

Further unit of study information


2-hr lecture/week and e-learning


Debate & online quizzes (25%), statistical audit assignment (25%), end semester exam (50%)


Greenhalgh, Trisha. How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine. HS library call number: 616.248 B on reserve. Hek, Gill & Pam Moule. Making sense of research: an introduction for health and social care practitioners. HS library call number: 362.072 HEK. Elwood, Mark J. Criticial appraisal of epidemiological studies and clinical trials. HS library call number: 614.4028 ELW.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.