HSC8055 : Introduction to systematic reviewing and critical appraisal
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- 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
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||3||1:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||5||3:00||15:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||11||1:00||11:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||11||1:00||11:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
This module aims to provide students with the confidence and skills to undertake their own systematic review and critical appraisal.
In order to ensure that all students are at a similar level of comprehension students will be asked to read and prepare prior to the face to face lectures and practical sessions.
The face to face teaching is designed to introduce systematic reviewing and critical appraisal and will equip students with the skills to carry out a systematic review. There will be a mixture of lectures and workshops during which students will be encouraged to interact with one another and develop their skills in the different elements of conducting a systematic review.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||100||To undertake a critical appraisal of a published systematic review (2000 word count)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Students will write a 2000 word critical appraisal of a systematic review selected by the module leader.
This assessment will enable us to assess student’s skills and knowledge of systematic review methodology and its application. Students will be expected to critique the inclusion criteria, search strategy, synthesis, conduct of the review and reporting. A discussion on bias will be expected. Appropriate critical appraisal tools can be used to guide the critique.