Graduate Course Descriptions

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5308. The Nature of Evidence in Scientific Research

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Aspects of the scientific process that are common to all levels of biomedical investigations: from biophysics in cell-free systems to molecular biology in cells, to physiology in whole organisms, to epidemiology and clinical investigation in humans. These features begin with enunciation of the question to be asked, and include (1) Identification of a system to address the question, (2) Specification of the systems and their manipulation, (3) Assessment of outcomes, and (4) Drawing inferences on the basis of results. Discussion of seminal, published works on the topics. Two to three key papers will be distributed to participants at least one week before the scheduled discussions. There will be no examination for the course. Students are expected to actively participate in critical evaluation and discussion during each of the weekly two-hour sessions. Evaluation of performances will be based solely on such participation.

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