MSc Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Division of Dentistry|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The Research Methods unit is an interactive online course which provides students with an introduction to key material required for the design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.
The course is supplemented with optional timetabled face-to-face sessions which will be used to consolidate the online material and provide students with an opportunity to discuss the topics in person.
The course is presented in a series of nine topics over ten teaching weeks:
- Library Skills
- Epidemiology - key concepts
- Epidemiology - study design
- Critical Appraisal (2 weeks)
- Dissertation Skills
- Protocol Design
- Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
- Evidence based practice
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
The unit aims to produce students who are competent in issues related to the design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research. The latter may include medical education, public health and basic-science areas such as genetics, microbiology or biomaterials. The Research Methods units also provides students with critical appraisal skills so that on a life-long basis they will be able to apply these skills to assess any research evidence that comes before them.
On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:
- Understand key epidemiological concepts.
- Understand the structure of, and be able to differentiate between, the common types of epidemiological studies.
- Identify different types of data.
- Understand basic statistical issues needed for the development of a study protocol.
- Understand the key issues to consider when critically appraising different study designs.
- Understand key ethics and research governance documents and legislation, such as the Helsinki Declaration, and legislation such as the UK Data Protection Act.
- Understand procedures relating to obtaining ethical approval for your research, using the UK NHS Ethics Committee system as an example.
- Define evidence based practice and recognise the keys steps involved in its practice.
- Recognise the role of secondary research in EBP (including systematic reviews and clinical guidelines).
- Discuss the role of research in a clinical discipline.
- Explore the development of a research idea from hypothesis through to the drawing of conclusions.
- Make a judgement on the quality of a research article with consideration of implications for clinical practice/future research.
- Discuss issues regarding the implementation of research findings.
Assessment of this unit is comprised of the following elements:
- Mid-semester assignment (1,500 words) - 35%
- End of semester assignment (2,500 words) - 60%
- Participation in discussion board activities - 5%
Feedback will be provided on Blackboard within the required timeframes.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Work based learning||100|
|Juliette Kendall||Unit coordinator|
The course will be delivered predominantly through our e-learning platform. A variety of online material will be utilised, including web-based reading, audio presentations, online discussions, tutor feedback, interactive group exercises, self-assessment through multiple choice questionnaires and self-reflection.
Some programmes will also run face-to-face symposiums with tutor presentations and some group work. These are open to all students; however no new material will be covered at the events and students who are not able to attend will not be penalised in any way.
ADJUSTMENT FOR 2021-22 Academic year: some face-to-face symposiums will be replaced with online presentations, available to all.