Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Forthcoming Trent RDSU Short Courses

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Short Course Programme
October – December 2008

A range of courses for those interested in health
or social care research.

These courses are FREE of charge to researchers employed within the NHS, social care and voluntary organisations.

A charge of £35 per half day and £60 per full day may be applied to anyone else (including university staff).

All courses can be booked online via our website by contacting the
or by contacting the Short Course Administrators for the appropriate unit. More details are available on the website or on request.
Half day courses are held in the morning, 9.30 – 12.30/13.00, unless otherwise indicated.
Please note that some courses require previous experience/knowledge to attend. Please see the full course outline.

Cancellation Policy
Please note that each Unit reserves the right to cancel courses if there are an insufficient number of participants. In such an event we will try to give notice of at least two weeks.
Charges will apply to anyone that makes a booking and does not attend the course without providing at least 48 hours notice.

Additional Courses
If the courses in this prospectus do not fulfil your training requirements, we may be able to
provide tailor-made training in research design and methodology, subject to available resources.
Please contact your local administrator for more information.
Details of other services offered by the RDSU are available on our website.

Claire Burchnall, Short Course
Administrator, Trent Research and
Development Support Unit
Tel: 0116 252 3276 or
0116 252 5448;
Fax: 0116 252 3272

Karen Taylor, Short Course
Administrator, Trent Research and
Development Support Unit
Tel: 0115 846 6907;
Fax: 0115 823 0501

Tricia Qanem, Short Course
Administrator, Trent Research and
Development Support Unit
Tel: 0114 222 0703;
Fax: 0114 2724095
Selected courses for early October

Basic Statistics - Data Management and Introduction to SPSS
Understand and handle different types of quantitative data in SPSS
Create a clean dataset in SPSS
Create simple graphics such as histograms in SPSS
Use frequency tables and simple descriptive statistics to check data in SPSS

Basic Statistics - Describing and Exploring Data in SPSS
Correctly identify different types of quantitative data, and choose appropriate techniques to describe them
Understand and use basic descriptive statistics, such as mean, median, standard deviation and inter-quartile range
Be able to present data in tables using SPSS
Be aware of the range of graphs available in SPSS, and of the key steps to good practice in data presentation

Systematic Review (am)and Meta-analysis (pm)
Understand what a systematic review is
Learn the key elements of a systematic review
How to conduct a systematic review
Distinguish between a Systematic Review & Meta-analysis
Describe & perform the main steps in a simple meta-analysis
Distinguish fixed & random effects models
Identify when a meta-analysis is inappropriate
Describe how publication bias may be detected
Summarise the advantages/disadvantages of a meta-analysis

Demystifying Health Economics
To demonstrate the importance of economics in NHS decision making
To make participants aware of the aims and key methods of cost effectiveness analysis
To introduce the concept of th eQALY
To discuss the use of economic analysis in decision making

Research Ethics and Governance
Have an understanding of Ethical approval - the philosophy behind ethical approval, what is a REC and how does it operate, key principles in making a good application.
Have an understanding of NHS R&D Approval - why is it necessary, what does it cover and how to navigate the approval process successfully.
Information for Social Care
Develop a searchable research question using PICO/CLIP frameworks
List the key study designs used for social care research and the terminology used in these studies
Identify the key electronic information sources for social care literature
Search these in an efficient and accurate manner
Evaluate web-based social care resources for accuracy and validity
Search for social care systematic reviews using the Campbell Collaboration's database C2-RIPE

Critically Appraising Research
Understand the principles of critical appraisal
Know about resources to help you
Be able to critically appraise a piece of research

Literature Searching for Qualitative Research
Identify the key electronic information sources for qualitative literature
List the key study designs used for qualitative research and the terminology used in these studies
Search for qualitative research using these terms by developing simple ‘filters’
Search for secondary qualitative research using the Campbell Collaboration’s database C2-RIPE

Literature Searching for Systematic Reviews
Understand the key study designs for a systematic review
Explore the full range of databases and know how to select which ones to search
Develop a strategy for searching the literature
Identify key terms to find high quality studies such as randomised controlled trials
Understand the key information about your literature search that should be included in your publications

Introduction to Qualitative Research and Philosophy of Research
Explore the anatomy of research and recognise different parts of the research process
Recognise different approaches to research
Understand when to use a quantitative approach to reseasrch, and what this involves
Understand when to use a qualitative approach to research, and what this involves

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