This unit of study will appeal to anyone wanting to write medical papers for conferences or journals, or to improve their paper writing skills. Students will work at their own pace through 9 modules covering research integrity, medical style, abstracts, presentations and posters, constructing a paper, data visualisation, manuscript submission, responding to reviewers' comments, post-publication research dissemination, and peer- reviewing a paper. This unit aims to teach students the principles of research integrity in writing for medical journals, typical issues they may face, and link to resources to help them maintain integrity through their publishing careers. It will guide them to reliable evidence-based resources to improve their conference abstract, presentation and poster design, and manuscript style and writing. Students will learn about reporting guidelines, common pitfalls in writing and presenting research, choosing a journal, keywords, improving tables and figures for manuscripts through open source software, copyright, writing cover letters and response letters to reviewers. Students will learn about measuring research impact and ways to improve research reach, dealing with the media and press releases, using social media in dissemination, digital archiving and basic skills needed to act as a peer-reviewer. This is an online unit, but those needing to study in block mode will do online study as well as a workshop.
9 self-paced modules each comprising: course notes, lecture, demonstrations, exercises, quizzes
quizzes (30%), assignment 1 (20%), assignment 2 (50%)
Fayers P, Machin D. Quality of Life: The Assessment, Analysis and Reporting of Patient-reported Outcomes, 3rd Edition. 3 ed. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell; 2016 David L. Streiner, Geoffrey R. Norman, and John Cairney, Health Measurement Scales: A practical guide to their development and use, 5th ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford Univerisity Press; 2014
Students without the pre-requisites are encouraged to contact the Unit Coordinator to discuss their motivation and experience.
Some basic knowledge of summary statistic is assumed
(PUBH5010 or CEPI5100)Prohibitions