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Scientific and Research Literacy CAM103


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
Unit code CAM103
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Kirsten Fairfax
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • 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
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Teaching Pattern

One lecture and one tutorial per week and on-line modules

AssessmentOn-line modules and quizzes (20%)|Literature review (30%)|Statistical tests (25%)|Research critique (25%)
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