CRITICAL REVIEW OF BIOSCIENCE LITERATURE - 2023/4
Module code: BMSM029
The ability to appraise scientific literature and to communicate ideas is an academic and professional skill required across many areas of the biosciences. Journal clubs are convened in research and clinical environments and are used by professionals to continue to update knowledge of their disciplines and to maintain competencies as scientists; educators, and clinicians
By Level 7, students will already have a sound understanding of the importance of valid scientific information, and the role of the peer-review process in assuring rigour and integrity. This module develops skills in critical appraisal of scientific literature through a journal club whereby recent publications across a representative range of biomedical science disciplines are discussed in regular sessions facilitated by research students; post-doctoral, and academic staff.
A literature review of an appropriate biomedical topic will further develop approaches to using online databases and selecting appropriate publications. The progress of this piece of work is supported by one-to-one tutorials.
School of Biosciences and Medicine
ELLIOTT Gill (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: B900
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Personal Tutorial Hours: 3
Workshop Hours: 8
Independent Learning Hours: 134
Seminar Hours: 5
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Seminars (5h): Uses and abuses of scientific information: the importance of peer-review Scientific journals: scope and impact How to prepare an outstanding journal club presentation How to prepare short and pithy journal club critique Preparing a literature review
Journal clubs (8h): There will be four journal club meetings
Personal tutorials (3h): There will be three personal tutorials to support students as they progress with their literature reviews.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
Appreciation of the importance of accurate and high-quality communication of science
Ability to appraise scientific literature for a range of bioscience disciplines and topics
Ability to discuss recent advances and developments in the biosciences
Ability to accurately summarise research literature
Ability to communicate research findings in salient topics, through the production of a literature review
Evaluate the quality of information and the validity of conclusions presented in scientific papers.
Development of communication skills in group discussions
Knowledge of the scope of different Citation of references using a standard format
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• Literature review: A 2000 to 3000-word review of the literature (50%)
• Journal Article Evaluation: Evidence of journal club engagement and participation (50%). Students should prepare a handout summarising the article for review, followed by a reflective self-reflection and article critique summary.
Formative assessment is integral to this module as the students have to participate in several journal clubs Students will get instant feedback during the journal club meetings as well as getting individual feedback from their University tutor and the module organisor. Students will meet their tutor on a one-to-one basis to discuss progress with the literature review.
- Develop the ability to analyse the quality, impact, and validity of research journal articles
- Develop confidence and aptitude in appraising primary literature
- Develop competence in summarising primary literature
- Appraise the quality of science reporting in the press and other forms of media
- Guide students through the process of writing review of the literature
- Identify databases through which peer-reviewed scientific literature can be found
- Develop competence in using standard citation methods
|001||Evaluate developments in a specific Biomedical Science topic through critical appraisal and analysis of primary research literature||CKPT|
|002||Appreciate the importance of accurate and high-quality scientific research communication||CP|
|003||Critically assess strengths and weaknesses of scientific research through analysis and discussion of primary research literature||KPT|
|004||Construct an effective journal article critique||CT|
|005||Compose a written summary of a journal club critique||CK|
|006||Contribute to informal public discussions confidently||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Develop a critical understanding of the scientific literature through facilitated self-directed learning. 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 class discussion (~5h)
Personal tutorials (~3h)
Journal clubs (~8h)
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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Programmes this module appears in
|Biomedical Science MSci (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
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 2023/4 academic year.