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C84SRT Systematic Review of Treatment Effects
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc in Mental Health Research, PGDip in Mental Health Research, PGCert in Mental Health Research

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Intensive Block Assessed by end of Summer Vacation 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

The module will enable students to learn how to undertake reviews of randomised studies covering:

  • Developing a protocol for a review.
  • Searching and managing references.
  • Extracting and using data.
  • Using RevMan, more sums and Cochrane.
  • The module will be conducted as a 4-day intensive course during the summer. Sessions will include small group teaching, workshops, interactive tutorials with hands on practical work at computer stations and group work.

    Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Workshop 1 weeks4 per week7 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    4 x 1 day workshop and lectures = 28 hours; Independent reading and assessment = 70 hours

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Project 1 90 A Cochrane review into treatment effects in schizophrenia completed as a group assignment. 
    Project 2 10 Peer assessment of individual’s level of contribution to group work. 
    Participation Answer 4 short-text questions; 1 each day of the module. Questions will relate to one aspect of the systematic review methodology taught during that day & submitted on the day, any attempt will class as a pass. 

    Convenor: 
    Professor C Adams

    Education Aims:  The module aims to: • Demonstrate the utility of systematic review as a method in the field of mental health research • Develop an understanding of the principles and practicalities of undertaking a high-grade review of treatment trials • Develop students’ interest in becoming a systematic reviewer in their specialty

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this module, students should have: a) Knowledge and Understanding • Acquired a working knowledge of the practicalities and principles of systematic review and to understand its utility as a method in the field of mental health b) Intellectual Skills • Developed the ability to critically appraise treatment effects across a range of disciplines in the field of mental health research • Developed an ability to undertake a systematic review of trials and so to independently contribute to forward-looking research that informs theory and/or practice in mental health by undertaking a systematic review c) Transferable/Key Skills • Developed an ability to present own research findings in the field of mental health in written format • Developed an ability to present others’ research findings in the field of mental health in written format • Developed an ability to work within groups to achieve a common research objective or set of research objectives • Developed scientific thinking skills to enable the appraisal of research in the field of mental health • Developed scientific thinking skills to enable the formulation of research in the field of mental health d) Professional skills • Developed an ability to critically appraise theory, methods and results of research from a wide range of disciplines in the field of mental health

    Offering School:  Medicine


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