MEDCG016 Study Design in Research

Module Title
MEDCG016 Study Design in Research
Module Value
Term 1
Short Description The course aims to teach students the essential elements of study design in health research.  The course will describe the standard designs (e.g. cohort, case-control, randomized trial) as well as designs in early phase clinical trials.  The focus will be on the interpretation and understanding of the appropriate methodology.
Module Aims and Objectives

At the end of the course the participants will have acquired the essential skills for designing studies in health research, and will have the ability to understand, review and use published research.  In particular, participants will have gained an understanding of:

  • how to identify appropriate research questions
  • the types of data generated in research studies and how that affects study design
  •  the most common study designs used in health research
  • when particular designs are appropriate and their limitations
  • the design of early phase and dose-finding studies
  • issues related to the design of randomized controlled trials
  • Introduction to Research Methodology
  • Finding a Research Question
  • Basics of Study Design
  • Observational Studies
  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Sample Size Calculations
  • Confounding and Effect Modifiers
  • Early Phase Trials
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Pharmacodynamics / Pharmacokinetics
Assessment details
  • Unseen 2 hour examination (100%)
 Module Tutor
Dr Gareth Ambler

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