Research Project 2 (ORTH5051)


This unit of study will provide an opportunity for students to use the research skills developed in Research Report 1 and apply them in the conduct of a supervised research project in an area related to orthoptic practice. Some students may carry out an individual project supervised by a member of academic staff, subject to the UoS coordinator's approval. Understanding of the principles of ethical research will be further explored through discussion of ethical issues, including the preparation of an application for ethical approval for their project. Students will identify the relevant background information for the project by performing a review of the scientific literature pertaining to the research question. They will identify the data necessary to answer the question and discuss relevant research methodology. Under supervision, they will participate in the collection of data and will use current technology to perform statistical analysis to interpret the information gained. Students will gain experience in writing in a concise academic style and learn how to present the results of their analysis by independently write a dissertation setting out the results of their project in the context of the original research question and their literature review. They will present this in the format of a systematic review or research publication.

Further unit of study information


Block mode and e-learning


Literature review 2000wd (30%) data entry (10%), 4,000wd dissertation (60%)


Judith Garrard (2011) Health sciences literature review made easy: the matrix method, 3rd edition. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning Jesson, Jill. (2011) Doing your literature review: traditional and systematic techniques. Los Angeles, Calif.; London: SAGE.

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

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.