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Clinical Microbiology Research and Presentation Skills (ICM7037)

Module convener          

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk  

Other Key Staff:     

Professor Lucinda Hall, lucinda.hall@qmul.ac.uk

This module is an introduction to clinical research and covers the theory and practice of clinical research and the presentation of the results of research and clinical cases.

The module aims to provide:

  • An introduction to clinical research ethics.
  • Statistical teaching to enable students of design appropriate data collection and interpret scientific date generated by research data.
  • An introduction of the use of scientific literature and correct referencing techniques.
  • An understanding of how to read a scientific paper.
  • Opportunities to participate in web based clinical and journal discussions.
  • Opportunities to use oral presentations for clinical cases, journal discussion and scientific research.
  • An introduction to scientific poster presentation.
  • A structure to enable students to undertake reflective practice

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Understand clinical research ethics.
  • Design appropriate data collection for statistical uses and interpret scientific date generated by research data.
  • Use electronic library resources to find primary scientific journals and appropriately reference in any written work.
  • Write an abstract for a scientific paper.
  • Participate in web based clinical and journal discussions.
  • Give oral presentations on clinical cases, journal articles and scientific research.
  • Research and present a scientific poster.
  • Exercise reflective practice.

Students are expected to develop a strong basic background from text books but this must be supplemented by research in current scientific literature.

Suggested background texts include:

Dytham: Choosing and using statistics: A biologists guide.Harris: Medical statistics made easy
Bjorn: How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper
Katz: From research to manuscript: A guide to Scientific Writing
Dytham: Choosing and using statistics: A biologists guide
Harris: Medical statistics made easy
Freeman: How to read a paper: the basis of evidence based medicine

Abstract writing

Students are given a recent scientific paper with a pathogenesis theme. The abstract has been removed. Students read the paper and write an abstract.
Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: 2 hours
Percentage weighting in module:35%

Oral presentation

Students work in groups of two or three to prepare a 10 or 15 minute presentation on a topic linked with an area of study in the Clinical Microbiology: Diagnosis and management of human disease and control of hospital infection module.

Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: 15 minutes presentation
Percentage weighting in module: 30%

Poster presentation

Students prepare and present a scientific poster on a topic linked with an area of study in the antimicrobial module.

Type of assessment: Coursework
Percentage weighting in module: 30%

Oral Presentation

Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: 15 minutes
Percentage weighting in module: 5%

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