Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


Clinical Trials

Module length: 12 weeks
Starts:   April (Semester 3)
Credit value: 20
Study hours:  200


This module is designed to expand upon principles of the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials. You will be introduced to the principles and practices of the design and conduct of trials of both pharmaceutical and complex interventions, assessing the efficacy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the trialled interventions.  At the end of the module, you will be equipped with the skills required both to critically appraise all aspects of trials designed by others and to design and implement your own trials.


This module will be taught as e-learning and as an alternative to the direct delivery module. The curriculum will be delivered via Blackboard VLE through a series of guided learning opportunities including e-based lectures or tutorials. You will practise critical appraisal, data interpretation and other scientific communication skills in online activities that will include:    

  • Guided independent study
  • Directed research and reading
  • Online lectures
  • Student-led group activity
  • Scheduled on-line contact time
  • Reflective learning activity
  • Discussion boards

Online Assessment

You will submit your work for assessment via Blackboard and receive feedback electronically.  There are two summative Assessments; (1) a critical review and selection of patient report outcome measure(s) for a specific study, and (2) review of a funding proposal for a clinical trial.   A participation mark is also awarded for contributions towards participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module (Discussion Boards, Blogs, Wikis).   


Your Blackboard account