5 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Research methods are a key part of clinical dentistry. This unit will aim to introduce students to patient-centred research methods and will include evidence-based dentistry, critical appraisal, research governance and ethics, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical appraisal of research reports.

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Staff Contact: Chris Stokes
Teaching Methods: The unit will be taught in weekly 2 hour blocks in which the first half will be a lecture, which will impart factual knowledge in relation to learning outcomes 1-5. The second half will be a seminar discussion, in which the emphasis will be on developing skills in the application of these key concepts to dental research.
Assessment: The assessment will be in two parts: An unseen critical appraisal paper which will assess the ability to critically appraise existing research in relation to learning objectives 1-5 (40% of unit mark). A written protocol for their research project which will assess their awareness of the research process and the ability to develop an appropriate method for qualitative or quantitative research on a given topic (60% of unit mark).

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