Postgraduate Course: Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature (DENT12053)
|School||Deanery of Clinical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to develop and demonstrate critical appraise skills and present this information using concise academic writing.
The journey towards developing an autonomous approach to scientific research requires students to develop library searching, critical appraisal and scientific writing skills.
In addition to the course on scientific academic writing, students will attend a seminar and tutorials exploring the critical appraisal of scientific literature and the supervised self-completion of a written formative assignment demonstrating these skills. The main emphasis of this course is to encourage students to present original ideas generated from critically exploring scientific research on a theme related to their specialist field. These skills will be hugely beneficial to the student during their dissertation course in year 2.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 15,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 9,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Course work: 100% weighting
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Record the results of a library search, export this to a bibliographic manager and present this information accurately using appropriate referencing style.
- Critically appraise scientific research related to their specialist field.
- Communicate their understanding and ideas at the standard of published academic work.
- Take responsibility for their own work and verify its authenticity.
|Reading lists will be provided via Learn VLE and Discovered.|
Additional supporting resources will be provide via pre-recorded lectures and clinical demonstrations accessible from Media Hopper (accessed through Learn VLE).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. Development of critical appraisal skills
2. Development of literature searching skills
3. Development of academic writing skills
|Course organiser||Dr Krishna Bhatia
Tel: (0131) 536 3976
|Course secretary||Ms Anna Atluri
Tel: (0131) 536 3979