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Postgraduate Course: Research Methodology, Statistics, Clinical Governance and Audit (DENT11167)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFrom the initial protocol and the development of the literature review, students will learn:

how to formulate both a research hypothesis or an audit protocol.
about data collection from laboratory, clinical, or other methods,
how to analyse the results,
how to present the discussion and conclusions.
writing a paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal will form part of this process.

Training in the use of basic statistics will also form part of this course

Clinical governance and audit will also be taught as part of this course. The student will be taught the difference between audit and research
Course description This course will teach students how to formulate both a research proposal and a clinical audit / governance project. The differences between audit and research will be emphasised. Training in basic statistics will also be carried out. Scientific writing for publication will also form part of the module.
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: 200 ( Lecture Hours 50, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 90, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Research methodology, audit, clinical governance, presentation / paper writing (100%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the principles of both scientific research and audit
  2. How to formulate a research hypothesis and an audit protocol
  3. How to collect the data accurately and analyse this
  4. How to interpret the results
  5. How to present these as research or audit findings
Reading List
Reading list will be provided prior to the start of teaching.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduates will understand the process of scientific research methodology and be able to develop a research protocol and carry out scientific research under supervision. They will also understand the principles of clinical governance and audit, and how these differ from research.
Keywordsscientific research,audit,clinical governance,statistics
Course organiserDr Niall Mcguinness
Tel: (0131) 536 4964
Course secretaryMs Anna Atluri
Tel: (0131) 536 3982
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