MSc (Clin) Orthodontics
Year of entry: 2021
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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 and the production of a high quality dissertation.
The course will run over a 10 week period, 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.
Topics covered include:
- Library skills
- Dissertation skills (time management, academic writing and reference management)
- Designing a study (protocol development, types of data, basic statistics)
- Epidemiology (key concepts and different epidemiological study designs)
- Critical appraisal
- Ethics, research governance and data protection
- Evidence based practice and systematic reviews.
|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 basic statistical issues and key epidemiological concepts needed for the development of a study protocol;
- understand the structure of, and be able to differentiate between, the common types of epidemiological studies;
- identify different types of data;
- understand procedures relating to obtaining ethical approval for your research, using the UK NHS Ethics Committee system as an example;
- define evidence based dentistry and recognise the keys steps involved in its practice;
- recognise the role of secondary research in EBP (including systematic reviews and clinical guidelines)nd basic statistical issues needed for the development of a study protocol;
- discuss the role of research in a clinical discipline;
- explore the development of a research idea from hypothesis through to the drawing of conclusions;
- identify key bibliographic databases relevant to the area of specialty;
- carry out focussed searches to identify research literature relevant to a chosen topic area;
- develop and implement a framework for successful project/time management;
- have a clear understanding of the key components of academic writing;
- be able to use bibliographic software (Endnote) for searching online bibliographic databases, organising references, images and PDFs, and creating bibliographies and figure lists;
- critically appraise literature to a high standard;
apply skills for identifying, appraising, synthesising and applying evidence, in professional practice.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||40%|
The unit is assessed by a mid-term assignment of 1,500 words (40% of final mark) and a final assignment of 2,500 words (60% of final mark).
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Work based learning||100|
|Independent study hours|
|Kathryn Taylor||Unit coordinator|
The course will be delivered predominantly through e-learning over a period of 10 weeks, with three timetabled face-to-face symposiums. A variety of online material will be utilised including web-based reading, audio presentations, online discussions, tutor feedback, interactive exercises, self-assessment through MCQs and self-reflection. The face-to-face symposiums will be a mix of tutor presentations, group work and student presentations.