10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: HCS214

Aims/Description: Advanced workshops in scientific reading, writing and data analysis. This unit is designed to give students the opportunity to obtain proficiency in skills needed for the final year dissertation. Workshops will enable students to develop mastery of how to read research articles from the primary literature and how to write in a scientific style analogous to that used in publication of scientific papers. Students will refine their research skills in the areas of experimental design, data analysis and reporting. Workshops will demonstrate and provide opportunities for students to practice skills they will need to: (1) conduct critical analysis of the primary literature; (2) develop a research hypothesis; (3) obtain ethical approval for use of human subjects in research; (4) design and prevent confounds for a small research study; (5) analyse and present research data. Specific skills taught will include advanced topics in behavioural observation, use of standardised tests, sampling (subjects and events), validity and reliability, conceptualising research questions through literature review, data collection and coding, further work in statistical methods and related computer software. The specific aims of this unit are to provide students with competence in more advanced research skills. Students will write a report involving data analysis and review of scientific literature.

Restrictions on availability: BMed Level 3

Staff Contact: Dr Meesha Warmington
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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