Not offered in 2008
Practical skills for the design, conduct and analysis of a research project. Introduction to research methods and critical appraisal of published literature. Issues in protocol design including selection of type of study, performing a literature review, questionnaire design, sampling methods and ethics approval.
At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- formulate a testable clinical research questions
prepare a grant application for research funding
- able to generate a research question and testable hypothesis
- be familiar with existing data sources and their strengths and limitations
consult effectively with a biostatistician
- be able to access sources of research funding and prepare a grant application
- be able to prepare a research manuscript and present research findings
prepare an application for human ethical approval
- understand important statistical concepts: sample size, power, results analysis
develop and validate a questionnaire and appropriate data management plan for a research project
- be familiar with ethical issues of research and good clinical research practice
- be familiar with common research designs and their strengths and limitations
- be able to clean and store data, and develop an appropriate database
- be familiar with the evaluation of diagnostic tests and their application.
Examination (40%) and two assignments (60%).
Off Campus Attendance Requirements
2.5 day block