AP0438 - Health Science Communication

What will I learn on this module?

Health Science Communication is a module that develops professional skills in reading, understanding, and evaluation of research within a One Health: One Medicine framework. This module is designed to help you develop skills in critical analysis of research, determining whether arguments are sound and valid. To enable you to support your professional decisions, claims, and arguments, you will learn foundational skills for analysis such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing published work with appropriate documentation. You will build upon and develop these skills through short written assignments and quizzes, and apply these skills to writing a credibility analysis essay. Finally, you will learn how to develop a research paper from topic development all the way to the final draft to help you effectively synthesize research to support your arguments.

How will I learn on this module?

To facilitate self-directed learning, this module uses a ‘flipped’ classroom model, which means that you will prepare for class by watching videos, viewing PowerPoint slides, reading articles or websites, and/or completing short assignments or quizzes. This allows more class time to be spent collaboratively applying new skills. You will learn through a variety of methods, including discussions, workshops, reading and writing exercises, collaborative learning, online learning, lectures, and library and internet research. This module places a strong emphasis on process writing and guided feedback. As a result, you will submit multiple drafts and receive instructor feedback at all stages in your assignments. You can also receive feedback through module delivery, after lectures, through email, or office appointments with your instructor. These are aligned with the assessment and feedback pillar in the programme framework for Northumbria awards. Because this is a research-oriented module, where you as a student develop skills as a professional researcher and writer, you will be tutored throughout your research activities to help you develop skills for evaluating the credibility of research. You will also interface with SAKAI course management software where you will submit your assignments and retrieve the resources posted for this module. This technology-enhanced environment also includes online quizzes, forum discussions, and TurningPoint interactive response software (clickers).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic members of staff provide support during office hours and via email to clarify concepts and/or direct you to relevant resources You will also have the opportunity to participate in supplemental small group sessions led by a tutor or demonstrator to help you to comprehend and apply key concepts covered in lecture. Online practice questions are provided to help you evaluate your comprehension of module content and to help you grasp key concepts. All teaching and assessment material, including web-based practice problems and quizzes, case reports and other supportive material, is posted on the electronic course management site (SAKAI) and announcements regarding any changes in scheduled delivery will be posted on the module site and emailed to all students. Detailed objectives, practice problems, web based practice quizzes, and other supportive material are posted to the course management site to help guide you through the module. The discussion forum folder on SAKAI is a powerful tool of the course where you may post your questions regarding administrative as well as academic issues and will be encouraged to take part in the discussion. Forums are monitored by Academic members of staff. Academic, learning and personal support is provided through the SGU offices of the Dean of Basic Science, Department of Educational Services and Dean of Students.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate appropriate use of electronic database search protocols to locate appropriate articles in research databases and on the Internet so as to analyse, critique, assess and evaluate empirical research
2. Recognize and evaluate evidence used to support arguments or positions

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Demonstrate the ability to make and support an argument by integrating and synthesizing information from different sources
4. Formulate grammatically correct, clear, concise, arguments by demonstrating appropriate use of summary, paraphrasing and critical analysis

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate professionalism through teamwork, self-evaluation and incorporating feedback in the process of auditing reflection on and reviewing personal practice

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment is provided through different types of course assignments. These include independent work, in-class activities, and major written assignments.

• Short Assignments: assess the application and knowledge acquired to successfully master the course objectives. These include (but are not limited to) reading articles, watching short videos, writing paragraphs, practicing APA, practicing paraphrasing or summarizing, analyzing writing and thesis statements. They also include the writing diagnostic, forum posts, and grammar practice. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
• Synthesis Paper: write a paper involving the synthesis of ideas in the evaluation of the credibility of four articles; the articles given in class and one to be found; reverse outline to identify the main argument and the evidence the writer used for each article; practice evaluating those articles using criteria given in class (1, 2)
• Graphic Organizer: develop a graphic organizer to show engagement with the research found on the topic for the research paper and to keep the resources organized. (1, 4)
• Research Paper: write a research paper with a thesis statement that argues a point about a topic of interest in One Health One Medicine; search for appropriate articles to establish some background knowledge and peer-reviewed scholarly articles as evidence to help you answer your research question; synthesize and analyse the evidence presented by your scholarly sources. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)





Module abstract

As a future medical professional you will need to be able to read, understand, and evaluate research studies. You need to be able to evaluate research and to determine whether arguments are sound and valid. You are also required to summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize previously published work (with appropriate documentation) to support your professional decisions, claims, and arguments. This module is designed to support you in the development of these skills. Using the concept of a ‘flipped’ classroom, you will prepare for sessions by watching videos, viewing PowerPoint slides, reading articles or websites, and/or completing short assignments or quizzes before engaging with in-class activities. This allows more of your time in-class to be spent collaboratively with your peers in applying these new skills. In this module you will learn through a variety of methods, including discussions, workshops, reading and writing exercises, collaborative learning, online learning, and lectures.

Course info

Credits 7

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 5 Year Programme

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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