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EG555J: RESEARCH METHODS FOR BIOENGINEERS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:40


Course Overview

This course will introduce you to the key principles of ethical research in bioengineering, and cover core topics such as experiment design, basic statistical analysis, and how to review the scientific literature.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Edward Chadwick

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This is a broad course covering essential topics for the conduct of research in bioengineering. As well as an understanding of the principles of ethical and reproducible research, you will develop skills in coding and the analysis of data, a knowledge of experiment design and appropriate statistical analysis. Indicative topics will include:

- How to read a paper, with journal club sessions

- Reviewing the literature and identification of a research question

- Experiment design and hypothesis testing

- Ethical conduct of research with human participants, including clinical trials of medical devices.

- Introduction to programming for data analysis

- Data processing and statistical methods


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 30, 32 - 34, 38 - 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 30, 30, 32 - 34, 32 - 34, 38 - 39, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Coursework report - statistical analysis (30%)

Research project proposal (70%)

 

Resit

Resit failed component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate understanding of the ethical conduct of research involving human participants, their tissues or their data.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically evaluate the research design and methodologies used in scientific literature in the field of biomedical engineering.
ProceduralEvaluateCompare the effectiveness of clinical trial designs in biomedical engineering, such as double-blind, randomised, matched and retrospective designs.
ProceduralApplyPerform common statistical tests, using software packages, such as confidence intervals and comparisons of means (e.g. t-test and ANOVA) and evaluate their outcomes.
ProceduralCreateCommunicate findings for non-specialist audiences using simple concepts such as probability or odds.

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