Critical Review of Research PapersCode: MED640, Offered By: Research Study Skills
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
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
B1) Personal Qualities
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.
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.
This unit aims to enhance students' ability to understand the critical thinking required to review a scientific paper.
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.
Module Dates 2016 -2017
Dr Dan Hampshire
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