Course catalogue doctoral education - VT19

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Title Philosophy of science and research ethics, statistics, presentation techniques and information literacy
Course number 3085
Programme Vårdvetenskap (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 7.5
Notes The course meets the requirements for a general science course.

Date 2018-09-10 -- 2018-10-15
Responsible KI department Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The course aims at providing students with basic knowledge of statistics, information retrieval, research communication, science theory and research ethics in order to conduct their own research projects.
Intended learning outcomes Intended learning outcomes
After the course the student is expected to be able to:

With respects to Information Literacy
describe how search strategies are created and adjusted to a specific information source/database and be able to compare, evaluate and manage the outcome of different search strategies

With respects to Research Communication
-- communicate own research well adjusted to different contexts by using various means of communication
-- based on theories of communication and learning assess the quality of peers' oral communication of own research and give constructive feedback accordingly

With respects to Research Ethics (in accordance with
-- account for theories, principles and, to a certain extent, guidelines of research ethics
-- account for common problems that arise in the area of research ethics
-- identify, analyse and discuss problems and conflicts that arise in the area of research ethics
-- be able to carry out a research ethical argumentation for or against a particular procedure

With respects to Statistics
-- be able to perform basic summaries, analyses and presentation of data, as well as have enhanced their ability to recognise, understand and critically view the statistics being presented in medical articles
Contents of the course The course provides general scientific knowledge in a coherent block as an introductory basis for further doctoral education. The main content of the course: Philosophy of science and research ethics 2 hp (Research ethics 1.5, philosophy of science 0.5) Oral presentation techniques 2 hp Statistics 2 hp Information literacy 1.5 hp
Teaching and learning activities The pedagogic framing is based on student activity with interactive lectures, seminars and workshops. The scheduled face-to-face activities in the course will be mixed with individual work and feedback from teachers and peers via the web based platform PingPong (or similar).
Compulsory elements Assignments, seminar and group activities. Absence from seminar and group activities can be compensated by replacement activities.
Examination The knowledge, skills and attitudes aquired in the course will be assessed through written assignments and oral presentations. For a pass grade, an approved exam in all subjects is required.
Literature and other teaching material Below is the mandatory literature required at the beginning of the course. Additional, recommended reading may be added during the course. Information Literacy Bettany-Saltikov, J. (2012). How to do a systematic literature review in nursing: A Step-by-step guide [Elektronisk resurs]. Kapitel 5. E-resource via reSEARCH på or Statens beredning för medicinsk och social utvärdering (2017). Utvärdering av metoder i hälso- och sjukvården: en handbok [Elektronisk resurs] (3., rev. uppl.). Kapitel 4. Tillgänglig från /d12fd955318f4feab3709d7ebcc9a72b/sbushandbok.pdf. (Swedish) Statistics Campbell, M. Machin D. (2007) Medical Statistics, A textbook for the health sciences, Wiley, 4th edition. Poikolainen, K. and Alho, H. (2008). Magnesium treatment in alcoholics: A randomized clinical trial. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. Science Communication Bellaby, Paul. (2003). Communication and miscommunication of risk: understanding UK parents' attitudes to combined MMR vaccination (Vol. 327). Bolander, K. (2001). Good Practice in Lecturing. Research Review Paper 2. Part of Effective Lecturing Project, University of Glasgow, UK. (will be distributed) Offit, Paul A., & Coffin, Susan E. (2003). Communicating science to the public: MMR vaccine and autism. Vaccine, 22(1), 1-6. doi: Brossard, D., & Scheufele, D. A. (2013). Science, new media, and the public. Science, 339(6115), 40-41. Dahlstrom, M. F. (2014). Using narratives and storytelling to communicate science with nonexpert audiences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(Supplement 4), 13614-13620. Ismail, H. N., Kuldas, S., & Hamzah, A. (2013). Do students need more motivational resources or more cognitive resources for better learning?. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 97, 325-332. Lind, P. (2007) Rhetoric - The Art of Persuasion. (will be distributed) Weigold, M. F. (2001). Communicating science: A review of the literature. Science communication, 23(2), 164-193. Theory of science and ethics Johansson & Lynöe (2008) Medicine and Philosophy A twenty first century introduction. Ontos förlag. or Lynöe & Juth (2009) Medicinska etikens abz. Liber förlag. (Swedish)
Number of students 12 - 24
Selection of students Selection will be based on the applicants written motivation to attend the course, where doctoral students in the Research School in Family Medicine will be prioritised.
More information This is a two­week course which requires time for independent work outside of scheduled class time. The course will be given in either Swedish or English. The course has previously been offered with the course number 2507. The syllabus has since been slightly modified.
Additional course leader
Earlier evaluation of the course Evaluation report
Course responsible Cormac Mcgrath
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik
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