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Dr Sophie Paquet-Fifield
Dr Alexander Barrow
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In PATH30004 Advanced Investigation of Human Disease students will extend their understanding of human disease in the context of library or laboratory based research projects. This subject will give students the opportunity to work within a research group investigating diseases of significance to society and provide them with an appreciation of the relationship between basic research and the investigation of complex diseases and how research discoveries can contribute to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease.
This subject is an elective subject for Science and Biomedicine students intending to take a major in Pathology and is recommended for students interested in doing Honours in Pathology.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Investigate state-of-the-art experimental techniques relevant to the investigation of a human disease.
- Create an original research project that meets research milestones and tests a new hypothesis.
- Search and critically evaluate the latest scientific literature relevant to a human disease.
- Collect, record, and store experimental results and ideas.
- Critically analyse and interpret primary research data and formulate new research hypotheses.
- Manage study and experimental schedules to complete research tasks
- Understand and explain the ethical considerations that guide research design and practice.
- Design an oral presentation that communicates and defends the results and conclusions from the research project to scientific peers.
- Construct a scientific report that communicates and defends the results and conclusions from the research project to scientific peers.
The emphasis of this subject is to introduce students to the importance of research in the understanding of disease by undertaking short experimental or library-based research projects.
This will enable students to:
- enhance practical skills by undertaking scientific techniques used for the investigation of disease.
- develop a variety of skills in the experimental design, analysis and interpretation of scientific data which may be applied across the various scientific disciplines.
- develop their critical thinking and problem solving techniques by the analysis and interpretation of scientific data.
- develop an understanding of the importance of accurate recording, storage and retrieval of scientific information .
- understand the ethical considerations of reliably performing, recording, storing and reporting scientific information.
- improve written and oral communication skills by the preparation of a detailed written scientific report and the presentation of a seminar based on the research project.
- develop inter-personal skills by working as a member of a team.
- develop the capacity to work independently.
- develop information management skills necessary for undertaking an informed research project.
Last updated: 31 January 2024