SMED8007 - Scientific publishing and research communication


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 5 weeks

Course content

The course is compulsory for all PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU. The focus of the course is scientific publication and communication of research in general.

Learning outcome

The course should provide insight and practical skill in scientific publishing and research communication in general. After completed course, the student should: *Be able to use structured literature searching to keep updated within the research field *Have a practical understanding of the principles for good citation practice * Be able to adopt central principles for clear and effective writing *Know of copyright limitations associated with reusing other peoples work *Know the most important principles and guidelines for publishing in scientific journals *Know the aspects of Open Access publishing *Know of Open Data and the use of data management plans *Have a basic knowledge about The faculty of Medicine’s dissemination work* Be able to communicate own research to a broader audience * Have some knowledge of how to target dissemination of research to different groups

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of a four day long on-campus session (28h), and a subsequent period for individual work, prior to the home exam. During the on-campus session, the teaching will be arranged as lectures, online courses, seminars, group work and presentations. After the on-campus session, the participants must deliver a thematic literature search for approval. The literature search will form the basis of a self-chosen curriculum within the field of the candidate’s own PhD-topic. Following a round of anonymous peer-to-peer review from fellow-students, focusing on the practical skills taught in the course, a final draft of the literature review must be submitted for approval as final exam. The teaching will be conducted in English.The teaching will be digital in the autumn semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Minimum 80% attendance to on campus session
  • Peer-reveiw of two drafts of litterature review by fellow students
  • Deliver a draft of a litterature revew for peer-reveiw by fellow students
  • Documentation of tematic litterature search
  • Compleation of three online courses

Further on evaluation

Prior to the exam, all participants must have participated in minimally 80% of the teaching and have all the obligatory assignments approved. The home exam will involve submitting a literature review which will be graded as passed/not passed.

Specific conditions

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. A maximum of 65 course participants per semester.

Course materials

The curriculum will consist of a self-chosen literature that will form the basis of a literature review within the topic of the participants' own PhD-project. The curriculum should consist of a minimum of 14 different sources and involve a minimum of 140 pages in total (contribution from books, book-chapters, reports, and similar should not exceed 25 pages in total). Material shared during the course the will also form part of the curriculum. Recommended reading: Helen Aveyard. Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide. 4th ed., 2019. Web. Zeiger, Mimi: Essentials of writing biomedical research papers. Second edition. McGraw Hill Companies 2000. Strunk, William. The Elements of Style. 2011. Web.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SMED8005 3.0 01.09.2020
NRSN8001 0.5 01.09.2020
NRS8004 0.5 01.09.2020
KLMED8001 0.5 01.09.2020
MH8000 3.5 01.09.2020
HFEL8001 3.0 01.09.2021
HFEL8000 3.0 01.09.2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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