Critical Review of Research Papers

Code: MED640, Offered By: Research Study Skills

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Only

Open To - This module is aimed at students in the Medical School and Dentistry, however students in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health can apply.

Semester Taught - Grad Year

Full Description

This unit will provide training in the detailed critical assessment required to review a scientific paper. Students (10-12 per tutor) will be split into two groups, and will analyse two papers with conflicting conclusions. Each group will present the background, data and interpretations of one paper in a critical manner to the other group, who are then invited to engage in a critical discussion. Students will learn to access data within a scientific paper, follow arguments based on the data, and critically evaluate the conclusions presented. This module is run 4 times per academic year.

Researcher Development Framework Categories:

A1) Knowledge base
A2) Cognitive abilities
A3) Creativity
B1) Personal Qualities
B2) Self-management

Teaching Methods

Students will gain an understanding of how to critically analyse a scientific paper. This module employs mostly students' self-directed learning methods facilitated by a tutor. Groups of students (5-6) will be assigned a single published paper to present.

Assessments

This unit will not be formally assessed. It is intended for 1st year PhD students who will be assessed on critical evaluation through their literature review.

Aims Objectives

This unit aims to enhance students' ability to understand the critical thinking required to review a scientific paper.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate ability to: - Identify relevant scientific literature to gather background on the topic and stimulate discussion - Acquire in depth knowledge on the topic presented, and identify additional information when requested - Present a scientific paper to their peers - Critically evaluate and discuss scientific data.

Other Information

Module Dates 2017 -2018

This module is held 4 times per year:

Round 1:

Monday 13th November 2017, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 1, B Floor, Medical School
Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 10.00-13.00, Seminar Room 1, B Floor, Medical School
Thursday 30th November 2017, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School

Round 2:

Monday 12th February 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 9, C Floor, Medical School
Thursday 22nd February 2018, 10.00-13.00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School
Thursday 1st March 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 4, B Floor, Medical School

Round 3:

Monday 14th May 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 1, B Floor, Medical School
Thursday 24th May 2018, 10.00-13.00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School
Thursday 31st May 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School

Round 4:

Monday 13th August 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 1, B Floor, Medical School
Thursday 23rd August 2018, 10.00-13:00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School
Wednesday 29th August 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School

Staff Contact

Dr Dan Hampshire  

Sessions

Mon, Feb 12th 2018, 10:00

Venue: The Medical School, Room: Seminar Room 9

Tutor: Dr Dan Hampshire

Additional Information

Round 2:

Monday 12th February 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 9, C Floor, Medical School
Thursday 22nd February 2018, 10.00-13.00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School
Thursday 1st March 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 4, B Floor, Medical School

You must be able to attend all 3 dates to complete the module.

8 Places Available
Closing Date: January 29th, 2018

Mon, May 14th 2018, 10:00

Venue: The Medical School, Room: Seminar Room 1

Tutor: Dr Dan Hampshire

Additional Information

Round 3:

Monday 14th May 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 1, B Floor, Medical School
Thursday 24th May 2018, 10.00-13.00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School
Thursday 31st May 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School

You must be able to attend all 3 dates to complete the module.

15 Places Available
Closing Date: April 30th, 2018

Mon, Aug 13th 2018, 10:00

Venue: The Medical School, Room: Seminar Room 1

Tutor: Dr Dan Hampshire

Additional Information

Round 4:

Monday 13th August 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 1, B Floor, Medical School
Thursday 23rd August 2018, 10.00-13:00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School
Wednesday 29th August 2018, 10.00-12.00, Seminar Room 8, C Floor, Medical School

You must be able to attend all 3 dates to complete the module.

16 Places Available
Closing Date: July 30th, 2018

If none of the above sessions are suitable, you can add an expression of interest to your basket and you will be notified when any new sessions become available.

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