SMED8004 - Introduction to Research

About

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 100/100

Course content

The course is compulsory for all PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine at NTNU. The main aim of the course is to provide a meta perspective on medical research. What is good research in a broad meaning? And how can we achieve it? Ethical and social discussion of medical research will be a topic through the whole course. Relevant perspectives from the philosophy of science, the history of science as well as methodological discussion, will be part of this. Many of the discussion will be situated within modern medical technologies and the strategic areas of the medical faculty.

The mandatory group-based course exam consists of the development and presentation of an essay based on a topic given on the first day of the course. Each group also has to prepare a critical and constructive feed-back to one other group's work.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to provide a broad insight into medical research through a systematic examination of the ethical, philosophical, social and legal aspects of the research as well as of being a researcher. The group exam will provide practical training in meta-reflection as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration.
LEARNING OUTCOME: After completed SMED8004 students are able to systematically reflect up on medical research in terms of research ethical aspects, societal aspects as well as basic philosophy of science. KNOWLEDGDE: After completed the course, students have knowledge of ethical, methodological and philosophical scientific perspectives related to the PhD study. SKILLS: After completed course, the students are able to identify relevant and interesting ethical and theoretical aspects in their own research projects as well as in others, and judge the relation between the design of a research project and good research. GENERAL COMPETENCE: After completed the course, the students are able to judge critically and constructively the authority of science in todays society.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching language is English. There are four days of lectures and discussion in addition to the preparation of the assignment. The groups (4-6 members) are put together by the course committee and presented on the first lecture day. All group participants have to define their contribution in the preparation and presentation of the essay.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lectures and group assignments

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Admission Reguirements: Master degree or similar. Medical students at The Student Research Programme. Candidates with a lower degree will be assessed individually.

Course materials

Recommended literature will be given the first day of course. Lecture notes are posted on It's learning

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MEDT8001 1.0 2007-09-01
PALC8001 2.0 2012-09-01
SMED8000 5.0 2006-08-01

Timetable

Examination

Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn Oral examination 100/100
Spring Oral examination 100/100
* The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.