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SDDM5214: Research 3

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Westmead, Sydney

During the second year, students will commence engaging in hands-on research. Students will continue to apply skills gained in DMD1 in identifying different study types, critically appraising clinical research literature and assigning levels of evidence to published research. The key concepts research ethics will be introduced during this semester. This unit of study will help the students to further develop their skills in academic writing, accessing, organising and using information for ongoing learning.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Discipline of Oral Surgery, Medicine and Diagnostics
Credit points 1
SDDM5111 and SDDM5112 and SDDM5113 and SDDM5114 and SDDM5121 and SDDM5122 and SDDM5123 and SDDM5124 and SDMD5111 and SDMD5112 and SDMD5113 and SDMD5114 and SDMD5116 and SDMD5117 and SDMD5121 and SDMD5122 and SDMD5123 and SDMD5124 and SDMD5125 and SDMD5126 and SDMD5127
SDDM5211 and SDDM5212 and SDDM5213
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Shanika Nanayakkara,
Lecturer(s) Greg Murray,
Shanika Nanayakkara,
Lajos Bordas,
George Ridgway,
Delyse Leadbeatter,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam hurdle task Written exam (for SDDM5224)
Written exam
50% - 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO2
Assignment hurdle task group assignment Research project proposal (for SDDM5224)
Research Proposal
50% - 6 months
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Research project proposal (for SDDM5224): Students will prepare a research project proposal for their individual/group research project.
  • Written exam (for SDDM5224): This is a closed-book examination which will be held during the semester 2 examination period. It contains single best answer questions, where students must select the correct answer from four or five options.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late assignments that have not been granted extensions will attract a penalty of 5% of the maximum mark each day they are late, except week-ends and public holidays.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week -01 Introduction to DMD research projects Lecture (1 hr) LO3
Week -02 Endnote Drop In Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 01 Qualitative research: introduction Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 03 Qualitative research: design, conduct, and present Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 05 Ethics in research Lecture (1 hr) LO3
Writing a research proposal Lecture (1 hr) LO3
Getting started with a literature review Computer laboratory (1.5 hr) LO2
Week 06 A guide to writing the research proposal Online class (1.5 hr) LO3 LO7
Week 07 Research data management Lecture (1 hr) LO4

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: Attendance is a professional responsibility required of all students admitted to academic programs within the Sydney Dental School. All programs in the Sydney Dental School have a 90% attendance policy, for all compulsory components of Units of Study, as detailed in the Faculty of Dentistry Attendance Provisions 2015. This includes all clinical and practical sessions. The course requirements cannot be satisfied if more than 10% of any section of a course is missed for any reason.

  • Professionalism: Students in all Sydney Dental School programs are subject to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Professionalism Requirements 2019 and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Professionalism Provisions 2019. Professionalism is an essential component of developing competency to practice. It is important for students to demonstrate professional behaviour in all contexts and environments. In accordance with these local provisions: candidates who demonstrate serious or repeated unprofessional behaviour may be required to show cause as to why their enrolment should be continued. Failure to show cause may result in exclusion from the course.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 1 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 20-25 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. apply principles of evidence based dentistry in clinical, research, and health education settings
  • LO2. demonstrate an ability to search and critically appraise scientific literature
  • LO3. synthesise a coherent research hypothesis after critically appraising scientific literature, and demonstrate an ability to design research projects using both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • LO4. show familiarity with basic principles of data collection, data analysis, and presentation
  • LO5. demonstrate ability to collect, organise, and present research data
  • LO6. place your clinical research experience in context of the level of evidence spectrum, determined by the principles of evidence-based dentistry
  • LO7. communicate health-related information to a diverse audience.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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