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MEDI6102 Scientific Review

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop your ability to accurately explain and present previously published research in the field/discipline of your research project.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse published primary evidence
  • Describe succinctly and accurately the material presented in a piece of previously published work
  • Explain the rationale underpinning a piece of research
  • Construct an accurate original summary schematic of the work
  • Appraise the validity of the arguments or findings of the work
  • Discuss a piece of work in the context of other relevant findings in the field


You will build on the skills that you have developed and had assessed formatively during the journal club component of MEDI6057, and the knowledge you have acquired through other modules within your programme to date. You will work individually with the module co-ordinator and other identified members of teaching and research staff to continue to develop your: 1. Ability to understand and explain published research 2. Skills in accurate summarisation of published work 3. Ability to receive and give feedback

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

1. Workshops facilitated by current research and teaching staff designed to help explore your understanding of a piece of published work. 2. Peer led sessions to gain feedback on your ability to explain a piece of work 3. Tutorial style small group work sessions exploring effective ways of communicating complex concepts and findings. 4. Attendance at research seminars across the faculty and wider university 5. Access to e-learning resources through the library

Wider reading or practice60
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Completion of assessment task40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Learning Resources. â€¢ Project supervisors will provide guidance on reading associated with the review. • The library and associated electronic resources including access to journal articles. • Guidance on all aspects of formative and summative assessments will be available via blackboard supported by the module lead.


Assessment Strategy

Students are not normally permitted to repeat the year.


MethodPercentage contribution
Preparation and presentation 50%
Report  (1000 words) 50%

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

MEDI2045Research for Medicine & Health


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

MEDI6104Research Project


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

There are no key texts associated with the module, the library and additional on-line resources provided through the library will give students access to the majority of the literature they will need to complete the review. Project supervisors will provide guidance on the selection of the key papers to be used. Papers to be used for the small group sessions will be made available via the MMedSc pages on MEDIS

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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