Medical Sciences with Biomedical Engineering BSc (A144)
iBSc Journal Club
The aim of the course is for students to read and discuss key journal articles relevant to the course. Students will relate their reading and research to the group projects which they will undertake through their intercalated year, e.g. exploring clinical aspects of their group project through a literature review, prior to working on developing an engineering solution to the problem.
Learning Outcomes - Knowledge and Understanding
Critically review scientific articles around a theme and in a variety of formats
Describe and explain the features of a well-written scientific paper
Identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses of a paper
Learning Outcomes - Intellectual Skills
Comment on the structure and writing style of high impact journal articles
Learning Outcomes - Practical Skills
Extract the important information from journal articles and present this in a summary relevant for the intended audience
Present scientific results graphically or diagrammatically
Learning Outcomes - Transferable Skills
Construct and deliver an oral presentation
Work effectively in a team
There will be study groups detailing how to write and review a manuscript. Example presentations will also be given on ‘good’ and ‘bad’ papers.
Each week, students will read and review assigned journal articles in preparation for the study group.
Students should select manuscripts based on their group projects which will be shared amongst the group. During reading week, there will two project mornings when students will take turns to present a summary and critique of specific papers to the cohort, which will be followed by a question and discussion session. All students should engage with the discussion of papers regardless of if it is their turn to present a critical review.
Tutorials: 4 hours
Journal club: 6 hours
● Written report: Written Review of assigned paper; 20% weighting; Critical written review of assigned paper with verbal discussion during study group
● Presentation: Oral Presentation; 80% weighting; Oral presentation (Powerpoint), 10 mins followed by 10 mins discussion and questions