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Introduction to Systematic Review (SR) and the use of SR in Social Science

Course description

Language of instruction

English

Course content

The course will be delivered online.

This course has been designed to give an introduction to the use of systematic reviews (SR) in social science research. SR is a synthesis of existing knowledge that uses transparent and explicitly defined procedures to find, evaluate and synthesize the results of relevant research. Evidence synthesis uses formal explicit rigorous methods to bring together the findings of studies already completed and to provide an account of the totality of what is known from that pre-existing research. SR is widely used in medicine and healthcare and has in the last decades become increasingly important in the social sciences.

 This course has three main goals: First, to provide an understanding of the purpose and principles of evidence. The second goal is to learn how to conduct, and critical appraise, a SR. The final goal is to gain insight in how SR can be used in own research projects.

Learning outcomes

10 ECTS:

Upon successful completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • Provide an overview of what a systematic review is
  • Show a reasonable understanding of the role of SR in social sciences and the concept of Evidence-Based Research
  • Explain the procedures to find, evaluate and synthesize the results of relevant research in a SR
  • Identify how to use SR(s) to justify new studies and to inform the design of a new study

 3 ECTS:

Upon successful completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • Provide an overview of what a systematic review is
  • Show a reasonable understanding of the role of SR in social sciences and the concept of Evidence-Based Research
  • Demonstrate how to find relevant SR and critically appraise them

Study period

17.06 - 19.06.2020 (24.06.2020*)

* Full course only

Credits (ECTS)

10 ECTS (full course)

  • Discussion and participation (minimum participation 80 % of seminars)
  • Submit presentation draft
  • Comment on a peers presentation
  • Oral presentation
  • Written presentation/manuscript

or

3 ECTS (partial course)

  • Discussion and participation (minimum participation 80 % of seminars)
  • Short reflection paper (1000 words)

Specific terms

Course registration and deadlines

31.05.2020

Register here .

Applicants to the course must find and upload one or two relevant Systematic Reviews within their field and write a brief (250-400 word) that describe the process of finding these SR¿s and how these reviews might be useful for their own research. Admittance to the course will be based on this brief.

Compulsory Requirements

10 ECTS:

  • Discussion and participation (minimum participation 80 % of seminars)
  • Submit presentation draft
  • Comment on a peers presentation

 3 ECTS

  • Discussion and participation (minimum participation 80 % of seminars)

Form of assessment

10 ECTS:

  • Oral presentation
  • Written presentation/manuscript

 3 ECTS:

  • Short reflection paper (1000 words)

This course will be delivered online. Learning resources will be accessible through the portal Mitt UiB, and seminars held as video webinars on Zoom

Who may participate

PhD candidates (MA/MS students and Faculty/Staff)

Applicants to the course must find and upload one or two relevant Systematic Reviews within their field and write a brief (250-400 word) that describe the process of finding these SR¿s and how these reviews might be useful for their own research. Admittance to the course will be based on this brief.

Addtional information

Programme

Day 1:

What is a systematic review (SR)?

Why do we need SR?

How is a SR prepared?

Day 2:

How to identify a relevant SR.

How to critical appraise a SR.

Day 3:

How to use SR to justify a new study.

How to use SR to inform the design of a new study.

How to place new results in the context of existing evidence

Day 4*:

Student presentations and feedback

*For students taking the full 10 ECTS version only

Appendix to Course Description

Contact

Olga Mjelde

olga.mjelde@uib.no

Academic responsibility

Professor Marit Skivenes

Lecturers

Hans Lund, professor HVL

Marit Skivenes, professor UiB

International experts on SR

Reading list

Reading list

Course location

Online

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral presentation and written presentation/manuscript

    • Exam part: Written presentation/manuscript

  • Type of assessment: Short reflection paper (1000 words)

Study period

17.06 - 19.06.2020 (24.06.2020*)

* Full course only