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Semester 2 (Early-Start)
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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 or any related discipline after consultation with the Convener. 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.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, the student will:
be competent in:
- formulating a hypothesis and in planning how the hypothesis may be tested;
- planning the execution of the research and understanding the process of undertaking the research;
- written and oral presentation and in responding to questions;
be able to discuss the:
- principles of research methodology, methods of recording the data, analysing the results;
- need for a thorough review of the existing knowledge of the research topic;
- validity of results and setting these in the overall knowledge of the topic;
- importance of formulating precise objectives for a research project;
- need for the scientific assessment of the results and the presentation of the findings in a manner acceptable to the scientific community.
- be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
- demonstrate infellectual curiosity and creativity;
- develop skills in effective communication as a team member whilst respecting individual differences;
- develop effective organisational skills and time management;
- be able to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
- demonstrate profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs.
Last updated: 11 February 2021