This unit of study introduces students to the fundamental skills that are required for postgraduate research in medicine and health. Students will learn how to conduct research that is scientifically and ethically sound, and be able to critically appraise and review literature. Students will understand the strengths and limitations of common study designs and develop simple but important statistical analysis skills, including how to present and interpret data, basic data management skills, and how to determine the required sample size for a study. Obtaining ethics approval is necessary for any study involving the collection or analysis of data involving humans, animals or their tissues. Hence, this unit will also cover ethics in research and when and how to apply for ethics approval. These fundamental skills promote a scholarly attitude towards knowledge and understanding, and are essential for engagement with the research community.
2 x compulsory interactive full day workshops (face-to-face or online option), 8 x compulsory 2 hr tutorials, 9 x online lectures and discussions, 2 x online elective module readings
Study types and biases assignment (15%), critical appraisal assignment (20%), ethics assignment (15%), statistics assignment (30%), online statistics exam (20%)