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Undergraduate Course: Practical Research Methods for Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (ACCP10003)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA practical introduction to the conduct of clinical research applied to the fields of anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.
Course description Practical Research Methods for Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine is a core module required for completion of the B.Med.Sci intercalated honours programme in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. It is designed as a practical introduction to the clinical and translational research in these specialties and covers study design; research ethics; statistical methodology; challenges of clinical clinical research; trial design; and quality improvement methodology. The focus of the course will be in providing a practical introduction to research methodology that will equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to conduct a high-quality research project that will be expected of them in Semester 2 of the programme.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is available to 3rd Year Intercalated MBChB students only
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 28, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% degree examination, which will last 2 hours comprise single best answer questions and short essay questions
Feedback Students will receive real time verbal feedback by the course tutors in addition to feedback via their examination scripts following their December examination.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to formulate clinical research questions, and apply appropriate research methodology to answer them
  2. Understand common clinical study designs; bias and how it can be minimised; clinical trial design; the clinical continuum and patient flow through the emergency and acute specialties; new and novel approaches to study design; and quality improvement methodology
  3. Select and apply appropriate statistical methodology for clinical research
  4. Understand the challenges of conducting research in the fields of ACCPM and approaches for dealing with them
  5. Be able to use biomarkers in clinical study design; be aware of cutting edge research in the fields of ACCPM; and gain a working knowledge of ethical issues in healthcare research
Reading List
Betty R. Kirkwood, Essential Medical Statistics, Second edition. (Malden, Mass: Blackwell Science, 2003)

Rowntree, Derek, Statistics without Tears: An Introduction for Non-Mathematicians, [Second edition]. (London: Penguin, 2000)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills After completion of this module, students will be able to:
SCQF Level 10 / Characteristic 1
- Knowledge and critical understanding of the theories, concepts and principles of research methodology for anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine
SCQF Level 10 / Characteristic 2
- Apply knowledge skills and understanding of key research methodology for anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine
SCQF Level 10 / Characteristic 3
- Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse the challenges associated with conducting research in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine
- Offer solutions and problems to challenges arising in the conduct of research in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine
- Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking relevant to research methods for anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine
- Make judgements where data or information is limited or comes from a range of resources
SCQF Level 10 / Characteristic 4
- Present information about specialised topics to informed audiences
- Communicate with peers senior colleagues and specialists on a professional level
- Use ICT to support and enhance work
- Interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data
SCQF Level 10 / Characteristic 5
- Exercise autonomy and imitative
KeywordsResearch,Anaesthesia,Critical Care,Pain,Clinical,Epidemiology,Statistics
Course organiserDr David Griffith
Course secretaryMs Kimberley Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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