Module Catalogue

HSC8055 : Introduction to systematic reviewing and critical appraisal

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Fiona Beyer
  • Lecturer: Mr Eoin Moloney, Dr Katie Thomson, Mrs Catherine Richmond, Mr Stephen Rice, Professor Dawn Craig, Dr Christopher Marshall, Dr Lynn Barron-Millar, Dr Louise Tanner
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide all students with a basic grounding in systematic review methods and critical appraisal so that they are in a position to undertake their own first systematic review.

Combining lectures, workshops and self-directed learning this module seeks to provide the first time systematic reviewer with a sound grounding in the principles of systematic reviewing, including framing the question, identifying and critically appraising relevant studies, synthesising results, and interpreting and disseminating conclusions. This module will equip all students with a basic understanding and skills to actively participate in the planning and conduct of a systematic review.

Outline Of Syllabus

The introduction to systematic reviewing and critical appraisal will cover the following topics:

• An introduction to systematic reviewing, its approaches and epistemology;
• How to design a research question
• Data management
• Developing a search strategy, databases and data sifting, including a practical session
• Critical appraisal
• Quantitative review methods – including introduction to meta-analysis
• Qualitative review methods

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable