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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
  • Dr Edward Chadwick

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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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

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Coursework report - statistical analysis (30%)

Research project proposal (70%)



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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