This course covers some detailed aspects of optimizing research design for clinical and basic research. The design strategies of different types of research as well as skills for critical evaluation of research studies and literature will be the primary focus. It addresses the process of formulating appropriate research questions, objectives, hypotheses, techniques for reviewing literature, utilizing the library, approaches for testing relationships and patterns among variables, methods of data collection, methods for assessing and improving the validity and reliability of data and measures, and writing for publishing. In addition, the ethics of using animals and humans will be covered in this course. Moreover, the importance of ethics, ethics related to medicine, and IRB will be also discussed. Students will be expected to complete the NIH training modules, a requirement for research submitted for Institutional Review Board approval. Moreover, the students will be trained to use some practical software programs which are essential when to come to perform either qualitative or quantitative researches and to prepare published paper. These software programs include SPSS, and EndNote.
At the end of this course, the student should be able to
ed A. Baumgartner and Larry D. Hensley: Conducting and Reading Research in Health and Human Performance 4th Edition.
Stephen B. Hulley, Steven R. Cummings, Waren S. Browner, Deborah Grady, Norman Hearst, Thomas B. Newman. (2013) : Designing Clinical Research, Fourth Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
The course is designed as a module at An-Najah National University e-learning website.
Books are available in the University Book Stores.
Supplementary Materials & References
Websites such as www.Pubmed.com
WHO website: A practical guide for health research, https://www.who.int/en/
An-Najah National University Websites,
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