This module introduces the fundamental principles of scientific discovery in the context of medicine.
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of scientific methodology in the context of medicine and bioscience with an emphasis on the science of clinical trials and epidemiology.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of scientific research principles in the context of medicine and bioscience.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of clinical studies and epidemiology in the context of medicine and bioscience
1 Scientific Research Principles
Scientific inquiry. Hypothesis testing. Construction of theories. Models of inquiry. Communication of findings. Scientific community. Reliability and replication. Science wars. Research ethics. Scientific integrity and misconduct.
2 Clinical Trials and Epidemiology
Introduction to clinical trials and epidemiological concepts. Types of study, including case control studies, cohort studies, cross-sectional, randomised control trials. Error and bias. Evaluation of strategies to treat and prevent illness. Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment The The clinical studies and epidemiology assignment will encapsulate a scenario-based approach.