OPTM7108 & OPTM7308 Research Projects

 Welcome to OPTM7108 (Research Skills in Optometry, 1 semester) &

OPTM7308 (Research Project, 2 semesters)

These postgraduate coursework research courses are designed to provide experience in conducting a research study.

OPTM7108 Research Skills in Optometry consists of a one semester research project (6UOC), with little or no didactic teaching, and a large component of hands-on learning. You will be required to work on a research project with supervision, and this may include data collection, data analysis and a written report of your work.

The course may focus on Investigation of a research question, and can include refinement of the research question, literature search, ethical considerations, and the beginnings of project design. You are required to write a report of your literature search findings, and present an oral summary of your work.

At the beginning of this course, you may chose an area of interest, or you may choose a topic of interest from the list provided, and directly contact a member of academic staff or clinical / research staff at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, UNSW willing and able to supervise your work in the area. Writing should take place throughout the course, and will form a significant part of your research report, to be submitted at the end of the course.

OPTM7308 Research Project consists of a two semester research project, with little or no didactic teaching, and a large element of hands-on learning. You will be required to work on a research project with supervision, and this will include literature search, protocol development, ethical considerations, data collection, data analysis and a written report of your work. The course extends over two semesters (12UOC), and you are expected to spend approximately 6 hours per week on your research project during each session. The research can be in your chosen area of interest, or you may choose a topic of interest from the list provided, and directly contact a member of academic staff or clinical / research staff at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, UNSW willing and able to supervise your work in the area.

Writing throughout the course will form a significant part of your research report, to be submitted at the end of the second semester. The aim of the course is to develop skills in research, including an ability to search and critically read the literature, to consider ethical aspects of research, to analyse and interpret data, to communicate effectively your research findings and to identify ways in which your findings may change current thinking in your research area.