Undertaking medical research requires a range of skills and knowledge related to the ways information is generated, evaluated and communicated. Processes like peer review and open evaluation are essential to ensure that the knowledge underpinning medicine, health care and medical research funding is accurate, unbiased, ethically acquired and widely available. This unit introduces students to the key skills and processes relevant to science and research literacy, offering perspectives from a range of fields of medical research. It will equip students with the skills to find, evaluate and assess the validity of scientific information, and will help students to develop their own scientific communication skills.
|Unit name||Scientific and Research Literacy|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
|Coordinator||Doctor Kate Brettingham-Moore|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Demonstrate effective communication in scientific writing and referencing using referencing software
- Differentiate between various research methodologies commonly used in medical research, their ethical considerations and their implications
- Identify the purpose of some basic statistical tests and apply them to data relevant to the healthcare sector
- Evaluate and comment on the quality and significance of scientific journal articles
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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|Assessment||On-line modules and quizzes (20%)|Literature review (30%)|Statistical tests (25%)|Research critique (25%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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