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Undergraduate Course: Literature Evaluation and Review for the Anaesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine Project (ACCP10004)

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
SummaryLiterature Evaluation and Review for the Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Project is a core module for the B.Med.Sci intercalated honours programme in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. It has been designed to give students a firm grounding in searching and reviewing the biomedical literature, and to arm them with the skills and knowledge required to produce an outline project proposal for the research project they will undertake in Semester 2.
Course description Students will prepare a literature review on the subject of their chosen research project in order to formulate research questions, and allow them to formulate a research outline. They will be expected to critically evaluate published primary research articles, and develop skills in clear and accurate scientific communication.

This self-directed process will be supported by seminars on literature searching and critical appraisal, and also journal club sessions where students can discuss papers that they have critically appraised.
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 ( Lecture Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 183 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course consists of three in-course assessments:

60%: critical report (2000 words) of published literature

20%: presentation of research proposal to tutors and colleagues

20%: 2 written critical appraisal summaries of journal articles (10% each)
Feedback The course organiser will be available at a specified time on a weekly basis to assist with queries or questions relating to the literature searching and will be able to provide verbal feedback on progress.

In addition, students will be provided with written feedback in relation to their submitted literature reviews.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and retrieve published literature relevant to the development of a research theme or interest
  2. Critically appraise articles published in the biomedical literature
  3. Write a structured, precise critical report of the literature to provide background and rationale for a chosen field of research
  4. Incorporate the findings of a literature review into a research study outline
Learning Resources
These will be provided during the course in advance of each session.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills After completion of this module, students will be able to:
SCQF Level 10 / Characteristic 3
- Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking relevant to a research interest
- 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 initiative
KeywordsAnesthesia,Critical Care,Pain Medicine,Research,Literature Review,Critical Appraisal
Course organiserDr Alasdair Hay
Course secretaryMs Kimberley Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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