Postgraduate Course: Quantitative Research in Clinical Education (MEED11023)
|School||Edinburgh Medical School
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Quantitative research - generally involving detailed statistical analysis of large amounts of data - is increasingly important in medical education. However, medical educators frequently lack the background necessary to evaluate research using such data or to apply such techniques in their own work. This course is designed to provide educators with the necessary skills to understand quantitative research and apply it in their host institutions.
Quantitative research - generally involving detailed statistical analysis of large amounts of data - is increasingly important in medical education. However, medical educators frequently lack the background necessary to evaluate research using such data or to apply such techniques in their own work.
This course is designed to provide educators with the necessary skills to understand quantitative research and apply it in their host institutions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Blocks 2-3 (Sem 1-2)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Online Activities 50,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: Practical (75%), Review (25%)
The practical involves a sample dataset. This must be analysed with regards to a series of key areas (such as the likely conclusions, the impact of the findings, and the magnitude of the effects). Students will consider potential follow ups and will be evaluated on the quality of their script and the acceptability of their analytical strategy.
The review involves examining three papers that have used quantitative statistical methods. You will review them, examine the plausibility of the conclusions, discuss the appropriateness of the methods and suggest potential follow ups.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Review and evaluate the factors that need to be taken into account before and during quantitative research
- Critically examine the range of methods available and select appropriate tools depending on circumstances
- Communicate key findings to non-specialists
- Evaluate the real world impact of quantitative research
- Develop the ability to run analyses using the statistics package R
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Online environments are used for the teaching, learning and assessment of all courses on the MSc programme. This includes the Waverley Suite, allowing interactive visual, audio, textural and graphical modes of communication, in the same synchronous or asynchronous event.
|Keywords||Quantitative research,clinical education,statistics,educational research
|Course organiser||Dr David Hope
|Course secretary||Mrs Debbie Spence
Tel: (0131 6)51 6536