Students of the Master´s Programme in Translational medicine
Some experience in reading scientific articles is recommended.
After the course, the student will have
• basic skills for analytical reading of scientific publications;
• practice in scientific argumentation in writing
• knowledge on the scientific writing and publications processes, opportunities and challenges;
• practice in telling about scientific results to the general public, i.e. societal interaction skills
Periods I-II or III-IV, first study year. The course extends over two periods and is arranged
twice a year, both in autumn and spring terms.
Course contains five seminars, which are chaired by actively publishing research group leaders. For each seminar, students read thoroughly one pre-selected scientific article, and prepare a layman summary (<100 words) and a SWOT (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats) analysis of the article taking into account: how well the motivation for study explained; quality and adequacy of the approaches used; interpretation of the experimental results by the authors; relevance of the new knowledge reported in this article. In addition, the evaluation should comment on the clarity of the text and results and structure (including possible supplemental parts) and on whether the roles of the various authors are clear and appropriate. At the seminars the articles and analyses are discussed and a synthesis is prepared. A selected layman summary may be proposed to be used for informational purposes. The seminars also contain an interactive section where the group leader outline strategies used in their group to write and get scientific articles published from when the decision to write a paper is made to getting a version to submission, resubmission(s), and accepted publication. If students are active already in scientific writing their own strategies can be included in the discussion.
Recent scientific articles in the field of translational medicine are provided during the
Interactive seminars and feedback from seminar leaders, litterary assignments in between the seminars in Moodle learning environment.
Grading is based on the assignments (80%) and activity in the seminars (20%). Grading
Completion requires active participation to course introduction and all five seminars, and
completion of all assignments.
Introduction to the course 2 h
Seminars 15 h
Independent study and assignments 37 h
Total 54 h