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This subject uses a structured approach to introduce students to processes and strategies at the core of modern biomedical research. In a series of 10 x 2hr tutorials, students are guided through the need for – and tools of – testable hypothesis formulation, data management and evaluation, data presentation, and research outcome communication. Specific case examples of experimental design and statistical testing techniques are considered. In the course of this, students are introduced to appropriate statistical approaches and software. Ethical practices relevant to both animal and human experimental biomedical research are reviewed and inculcated. Broad issues relating to research conduct and management are addressed in the context of Discussion Workshops. These topics include critical reading skills, management of intellectual property, scientific integrity and fraud, conflict of interest, e-research, publication production, reference management and archiving of data. Additional Workshops deal with advanced techniques utilised in contemporary medical research.
Intended learning outcomes
To develop a mature understanding of experimental design, experimental implementation, data evaluation and communication as it relates to modern biomedical research, in a broad ethical context. To acquire competency in statistical analysis, hypothesis testing and data presentation. To generate awareness of, and appropriate behaviours relating to, ethical conduct of animal and human experimental ethics, including regulatory requirements. To appreciate the need for the active management of intellectual property issues, scientific integrity and conflict of interest in a contemporary biomedical research context. To become aware of the scientific and technical basis of selected advanced techniques in biomedical research.
• Develop critical reading skills.
• Develop skills in a range of communication forms, oral and written.
• Appreciate the roles of the individual and the team in contemporary medical research.
• Develop appropriate time managements skills over both short and long time frames
Last updated: 3 November 2022