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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Clinical Evidence (DENT11105)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course introduces the postgraduate students to on-line distance education and the skills necessary to search for and make use of relevant clinical scientific literature.
Students will learn to navigate the bespoke virtual learning environment and will be introduced to library searching and the critical appraisal of relevant scientific literature.
Course description This course covers the following topics:
Navigating the virtual learning environment
Library searching
Using a bibliographic manager
Introduction to primary dental care research
Statistical terms and methodology
Critical appraisal
Reflective learning

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Online Activities 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 75 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Contribution to discussion boards 5%
E portfolio 5%
Wiki group activity 5%
Written assignment 85%
Feedback Students receive informal feedback/ feed forward from their on-line tutor on a weekly basis. Students receive formal feedback at the end of each module on assessed course-work and written assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Navigate the virtual learning environment and demonstrate the ability to create a profile, post to the discussion boards, use the Wiki and upload documents.
  2. Apply the concept of self- reflection and start a reflective ePortfolio with regular entries throughout the module.
  3. Record the results of a basic library search and export it to a bibliographic manager.
  4. Read and critically appraise different types of scientific papers and write two, well-argued examples.
  5. Discuss and define the various statistical tests that are commonly used in the clinical evidence supporting primary dental care as a group project using a Wiki.
Reading List
Available on the VLE as links to the University of Edinburgh library
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Be able to apply the skills necessary for study and enquiry in an on-line academic environment.
Possess skills in understanding research in this subject and have the ability to analyse literature in an appropriate way.
Special Arrangements Computer specification to enable participation
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is delivered taught by distance learning using a bespoke virtual learning environment. On-line delivery is supported by discussion boards, recorded lectures, instructional videos and group project interaction using a Wiki.
Reflective learning is supported using an electronic journal and encouraged via tutor interaction.
KeywordsIT skills, Evidence based dentistry, Virtual learning environment, Primary dental care research, bib
Course organiserDr Oonagh Lawrie
Tel: (0131) 536 3974
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Allison
Tel: (0131) 536 3975
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