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 2016 -2017

This module is held 4 times per year:

Round 1:

Monday 14th November 2016, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 6, Round 1 - Session 1
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 9 12 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar, Room 3,  Round 1 – Session 2a
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 9 12 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 2, Round 1 – Session 2b
Thursday 1st December 2016 10 12 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 3, Round 1 – Session 3a
Thursday 1st December 2016 10 12 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 2,  – Session 3b

Round 2:

Friday 17th February 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 6, Round 2 – Session 1

Thursday 2nd March 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 3, Round 2 – Session 2a

Thursday 2nd March 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 2, Round 2 – Session 2b

Thursday 9th March 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 3, Round 2 – Session 3a

Thursday 9th March 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 1, Round 2 – Session 3b


Round 3:

Monday 15th May 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 6, Round 3 – Session 1
Thursday 25th May 2017, 10.00-13.00, The Medical School Seminar Room 2, Round 3 – Session 2a
Thursday 25th May 2017, 10.00-13.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 3, Round 3 – Session 2b
Thursday 1st June 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 2, Round 3 – Session 3a
Thursday 1st June 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 3, Round 3 – Session 3b

Round 4:

Monday 14th August 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 6, Round 4 – Session 1
Thursday 24th August 2017, 10.00-13:00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 2, Round 4 – Session 2a
Thursday 24th August 2017, 10.00-13.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 3, Round 4 – Session 2b
Wednesday 30th August 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 3, Round 4 – Session 3
Wednesday 30th August 2017, 10.00-12.00, The Medical School, Seminar Room 2, Round 4 – Session 3b

Staff Contact

Dr Dan Hampshire  

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