MED 5900 - Research Project
MED 5900 is compulsory for all students enrolled in the MSc with Research Project option at the Faculty of Medicine.
Students enrolled in the MSc in epidemiology with research project must refer to the Research Paper Guidelines for Epidemiology.
The course comprises an 8-month research project in laboratory research and the completion of a research paper evaluated by two professors and the research project supervisor.
Graded: S (Satisfactory)/NS (Not satisfactory).
Like the thesis, the purpose of the research paper is for the student to demonstrate his or her ability to work independently in a scholarly manner. It is a prospective exercise, i.e., a student may not submit work conducted previously.
The research paper does not have to make a significant original contribution to the academic knowledge of the subject, but it must display extensive research and independent analysis. This includes comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the literature relating to the topic.
Expectations and Goals
Students will perform a research project in laboratory over 8 months in which candidates will be expected to develop a research question, develop a research plan, perform well-controlled experiments, analyze findings and produce a research paper. Students are expected to be engaged in research-related activities full-time.
The learning objectives for the Research Project promote the acquisition of discipline-specific knowledge and research skills through experiential learning. The learning objectives are:
- To develop detailed knowledge in the research area
- To learn the techniques and technologies used in the area of research
- To define a scientific question and design testable scientific hypotheses
- To efficiently troubleshoot experimental procedures
- To generate scientific data of publication quality
- To demonstrate the appropriate use of research methodologies
- To analyze data using appropriate statistical analysis
- To critically evaluate published literature and data
- To understand the limitations of scientific knowledge and of techniques used
- To evaluate the strengths and limitations of research approaches in relation to their research
- To master the ethical standards of conducting research
- To understand the importance of identifying and considering possible sex differences in experimental design
- To perform scientific experiments safely in a laboratory setting
- Communicate complex ideas, issues, arguments and research findings clearly and effectively in both oral and written formats in a manner that appropriate to a variety of audiences