2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
MEDS5020M Paper Criticism in Medicine
15 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Dr Susan Richman and Dr Henry Wood
Email: S.D.Richman@leeds.ac.uk, H.M.Wood@leeds.ac.uk
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsIdentical to the entry requirements for MRes Medicine.
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryNot offered as elective module
ObjectivesOn completion of this module students should be able to:
1. classify the different types of articles which appear in clinical research journals;
2. evaluate the study design, including ethical considerations, of published papers and suggest improvements;
3. comment on the processes of submitting articles for publication and the peer review of scientific literature in selected journals and evaluate the effectiveness of peer review;
4. contrast the different forms of published abstracts and prepare an abstract of a published scientific paper;
5. assemble a structured analysis of the contents of original articles and criticise the findings;
6. discuss and critically evaluate the interpretation of original data.
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. understand the process of publication and peer review of medical and scientific research
2. deploy accurately the standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within Medicine
3. demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument
4. appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in published medical research.
The Paper Criticism module enables students to develop the following subject specific skills:
1. an understanding of the ethical issues of medicine
2. a knowledge of the current requirements for the governance of medical research and its publication
3. an evaluation of the global impact of medical research
4. an appreciation of the international issues which affect medical research
5. a description of the perspective of patients, service-users and society in medical research
6. the engagement of patients and the public in research.
The aim of the module is to encourage students to develop their critical and analytical skills with discussion and debate. Learning takes place in small groups and initially encompasses the process of paper publication, peer review and the scientific methods. The paper criticisms will develop the students' critical faculties by asking them to understand, condense and interpret scientific papers.
The emphasis will be on the scientific method and not on the content of these papers. The ability to evaluate published research will be assessed in an examination when an unseen paper will be presented for critical analysis.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||139.00|
|Total Contact hours||11.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyReading tutorial material and preparing formative abstracts and appraisals.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents submit formative abstracts and appraisals in advance of the submission of the summative exercises. These formative assessments are returned to students with detailed, written feedback.
Students receive group verbal feedback during tutorials and individual written feedback on formative abstracts and appraisals.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Assessed Abstract, 300 words||10.00|
|Assignment||Assessed Appraisal, 1,000 words||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||40.00|
Compensation is permitted between the different assessed elements
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||3 hr||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||60.00|
Compensation is permitted between the different assessed elements.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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