Undergraduate Course: Critical Analysis Skills in Medical Biology (MBBM10017)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Critical evaluation of published primary research articles, and skill in clear and accurate scientific communication are two explicitly identified learning objectives of the Medical Biology Honours BSc Programme. These will be assessed through a Critical Analysis Task in which students will demonstrate their ability to interrogate research papers in depth by critically evaluating an original published research paper (i.e. not a review) relating to the topic of their Project. To ensure that appropriate papers are chosen, each student is initially required to select two potential papers and to send these to their project supervisor, who will then decide which of these two papers should be used (to prevent selection of an inappropriate paper ¿ e.g. because it is far too complex, or because it is too trivial, lacks data, etc). Each student will provide an independent report (1000 words max.) of that published paper for assessment, according to a specified format.
Critical evaluation of papers depends in part on being able to understand enough of statistical techniques to make a reasonable judgement about what conclusions may be legitimately drawn from data. Teaching sessions on statistics/data analysis will therefore be held to help develop/consolidate understanding of these issues.
A tutorial session will focus on how to construct a balanced evaluation of a specific example paper.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 2,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% in-course assessment - 1000 word critique of a primary research paper in the area of the student's project (see Course Description for further details)
||Both the mark and markers comments for this in-course component will be made available to provide feedback as soon as practicable (we aim to achieve this prior to the Project dissertation hand-in date).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students should be capable of: Demonstrating an ability to use knowledge to critically analyse hypotheses and arguments
- Writing about medical science issues in an accurate, clear and well-organised manner.
- Demonstrating an ability to evaluate and integrate information from several sources
|Lecturers/ Seminar presenters may give out reading lists related to their topics.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Sutherland Maciver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3714
|Course secretary||Miss Emily Rowan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1515