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Postgraduate Course: Systematic Reviews (PUHR11069)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will introduce students to basic principles and practice of systematic review methods. As well as offering practical experience of each stage of typical systematic review methods, the course will provide context and rationale for systematic reviews and how they impact on health care decision-making and public health policy.
Course description Systematic reviews aim to identify, evaluate and summarise the findings of all relevant individual studies, thereby making the available evidence more accessible for decision making. As well as setting out what we know about a particular topic, systematic reviews can also demonstrate where knowledge is lacking. This can then be used to guide future research.
This five-week, 10-credit course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your critical understanding of why, when and how to carry out systematic reviews in public health contexts, apply the skills to your own practice, and communicate findings to a variety of audiences. The course is designed round group-based and structured weekly activities that will take you through the core steps involved in the systematic review process.
This course will strengthen your literature searching skills which will help you to define the focus of your research. Regardless of whether you are going on to do a dissertation, this course will enable you to become a more independent and skilled consumer of research evidence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework. «br /»
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically understand the principles of systematic reviewing
  2. Plan your own systematic review
  3. Communicate systematic review findings, using appropriate methods, to different stakeholders, for example the general public
  4. Recognise complexity in applying systematic review findings to your own practice
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSystematic review,public health,protocol development,literature review,critical appraisal
Course organiserDr Marshall Dozier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3688
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Courage
Tel: (0131 6)51 7111
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