JOURNAL CLUB - 2021/2
Module code: MMIM029
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During this module students will receive interactive instruction on how to prepare an outstanding journal club presentation. Students’ skills are then reinforced and refined by presenting and participating at a journal club attended by academics, PhD students and post-doctoral scientists.
School of Biosciences and Medicine
BESTE Dany (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: C590
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Seminar 1: How to prepare an outstanding journal club presentation
Seminar 2: How to prepare short and pithy journal club critique
Journal club 1: Academics present a journal and lead the discussion
Tutorial 1: One to one discussion of article selection for Micro journal club presentations
Tutorial 2: One to one practice of micro journal club presentation
Journal club 2: Micro Journal club presentations
Tutorial 3 & 4: One to one discussions on the selection of an article
Seminar 3: Group discussion on journal selections
Tutorial 5 & 6: One to one discussion about journal club presentation and critique
Journal club 3: Students lead the discussion of an article
Weeks 5 - 10
Tutorial 7 & 8: One to one discussion about journal club presentation
Journal club 4: Students lead the discussion of an article
Seminar 4: Reflection on journal club
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||JOURNAL CLUB PRESENTATION (WEEK 9-11)||50|
|Coursework||SUMMARY HAND-OUT SHEET (WEEK 9-11)||10|
|Coursework||SELF-REFLECTION AND ARTICLE CRITIQUE (WEEK 14)||40|
we will arrange another opportunity to present at a journal club wherever possible or have a one to one presentation.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate :
- That they can discuss recent advances and developments in the field of microbiology
- Accurately summarise research literature
- Evaluate the quality of information and the validity of conclusions presented in scientific papers.
- Excellent communication skills in group discussions
- The ability to critically appraise scientific literature and then present this in a concise and engaging fashion
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- A journal club presentation and participation. Students will have to prepare and present a journal club presentation (50%)
- Journal club hand-out (10%)
- Self-reflection and article critique summary (40%)
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment is integral to this module as the students have to participate in several journal clubs as well as present their own mini journal club.
Students will get instant feedback during the journal club meetings as well as getting individual feedback from their University tutor and the module organisor.
- Develop the students ability to analyse the quality and validity of research journal articles
- Develop confidence and aptitude in appraising primary literature
- Develop competence in summarising primary literature
- Enhance journal club presentation skills
|1||Appraise the essential components of a research paper within the field of Medical Microbiology||KCT|
|2||Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific research||CPT|
|3||Construct an effective journal article critique||CT|
|4||Engage in informal discussions during a journal club||CT|
|5||Compose a written summary of a journal club critique||KC|
|6||Contribute to public discussions confidently||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 9
Independent Study Hours: 121
Seminar Hours: 10
Tutorial Hours: 10
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Give students training and experience of preparing and presenting at journal clubs. The skills gained on this module are directly transferable to all other modules on the programme, and to the wider science profession.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Seminars, workshops and one to one tutorials
- Journal club meetings
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.