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DENT6000: Research Methods in Dentistry

Research Methods in Dentistry is a postgraduate course designed to provide fundamental knowledge and skills in Evidence-Based Dentistry and research methods for students intending to undertake research at the Sydney Dental School. All course material is provided through eLearning (Canvas) via the University of Sydney's website. A detailed series of modules and learning resources are included in the study material. Students are required to complete module-based assignments and a final assignment at the end of the course. Students are expected to develop a research proposal to investigate a research question of their interest as the final assignment. Topics covered include introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry, systematic literature search, quantitative and qualitative research methods and basic statistics. Considerable attention is paid to critical appraisal of journal articles which is an indispensable tool in the pursuit of clinical practice founded on Evidence-Based Dentistry.

Code DENT6000
Academic unit Discipline of Population Oral Health
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based dentistry
  • LO2. demonstrate familiarity with clinical study designs, their strengths and weaknesses, and the levels of evidence provided
  • LO3. develop skills to search for and critically appraise published research literature
  • LO4. interpret and present research evidence to a wider audience
  • LO5. demonstrate an ability to design clinical studies on oral health-related topics
  • LO6. demonstrate an understanding of basic statistical concepts, and an understanding of the role of a statistician in designing clinical studies.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.