Oral Sciences Research Skills DENT5095

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to provide a training in generic research skills for dentists and allied professionals, including critical analysis of literature, how to write and publish a research paper, managing data and its integrity, bioinformatics and entry level statistics.


Weekly - 2 hrs per session

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





■ Abstract writing assignment (20%)

■ Data analysis report (80%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide a training in generic research skills to provide a training in generic research skills for dentists and allied professionals, including critical analysis of literature, writing and publishing of research papers, managing data and its integrity, entry level bioinformatics and statistics. 


Self- directed learning will include background reading of literature, data handling and bioinformatics exercises.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Critically interpret literature related to the oral sciences and develop research paper writing skills.

■ Critically discuss key concepts in oral sciences literature (journal clubs format).

■ Understand the different variety of data outputs generated in the oral sciences and how to manage them effectively.

■ Undertake analysis and statistical interpretation of exemplar data sets.

■ Undertake some entry level bioinformatics exercises using web-based platforms.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.