Postgraduate taught 

Oral Sciences MSc

Oral Sciences Research Skills DENT5095

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • 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, and the principles underpinning the selection and implementation of practical laboratory methods. Students will also critically analyse, interpret, organise and scrutinise their own data sets.

Timetable

The course will be delivered in Semester 1 over a ten week block.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

■ Abstract writing assignment - 300 words (20%)

■ Data analysis lab report - 1500 words (70%)

■ Contribution, presentations at biweekly journal club - students will be graded each session on evidence of engagement with literature, participation and overall interaction (10%)

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, and the principles underpinning the selection and implementation of practical laboratory methods.

 

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, e.g. journal clubs.

■ Understand the different variety of data outputs generated in the oral sciences and how to manage them effectively through statistical analysis and various software packages, being aware of their strengths and limitations compared to similar methodologies.

■ Critically discuss the principles underpinning the selection and implementation of different laboratory techniques that can be used in the field of oral sciences.

■ Effectively produce written communication in the form of a report written as a short paper for a scientific journal.

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.