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Critical Analysis of Pathology Research (PATH40002)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codePATH40002
Semester 1
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The Honours program in the Department of Pathology provides an introduction to the challenging area of investigation of disease processes at the cellular and molecular level. In this subject, advanced scientific lectures will be provided by experienced researchers discussing current scientific methods and their application to the study of pathological diseases. These lectures provide a foundation for critical analysis tasks which are consolidated during tutorials which assist students in reading and understanding scientific research articles. Students will be taught key learning objectives including, the application of scientific methods, how to write manuscript titles and abstracts, and in the art of critical analysis of scientific papers. The course is composed of 12 lectures and up to 8 tutorials. The lectures and tutorials are held during first semester.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of this course include –

• To ensure students develop competent skills in reading and understanding of scientific research articles.
• To acquire skills for the critical analysis of research articles.
• To appreciate the importance of constructing a title and composing an abstract that conveys the significance of the research problem.
• To be able to identify the purpose of a research article by determining the proposed hypothesis or aims.
• To appreciate the technical basis of the proposed research and determine whether the appropriate methods were used to address the aims.
• To appreciate the need for good experimental design, the appropriate use of controls and standards, the clear presentation of data in graphs, tables or images, validation of results through statistical testing and concise description of the experimental results.
• To generate awareness of how a discussion summarises the results relating to the hypothesis and reconciles the results with published literature.
• To become familiar with being able to extrapolate new research ideas from the published research.

Generic skills

The emphasis of this course is to introduce students to the importance of reading research articles effectively by learning critical analysis and evaluation skills.

This will enable students to:
• Be subjective when reading research articles.
• Appreciate the importance of presenting results in a format that demonstrates good scientific process.

Last updated: 10 August 2019