Title Participation in Journal Club Programme


Module description

Journal Clubs are arranged by researchers around a common research theme. All members of the club are expected to select research articles of interest and to present them to the club members. This module aims to give students the opportunity to further their knowledge of a research theme in a participatory journal club setting. Students are expected to attend and actively participate in all meetings of the journal club and to be actively involved in its organisation. Research articles to be presented should be read carefully in advance of the meeting. Active participation at the journal club meetings must include posing questions, critically evaluating the research presented and participating in discussions. When students are presenting they must read and critically analyse the research article in detail and present it to the club members. Students must maintain a record of their participation in the journal club, to include meetings attended and details on journal articles presented by the student and other club members. It is recommended to also include abstracts on each of the articles presented, succinctly describing the research presented and the ensuing discussion. A reflective journal should be maintained by the student to record the student’s learning experience on this module. Specifically the relevance of the research presented to the student’s research project should be included in this journal.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the research presented at the journal club meetings.
  2. Discuss and critically analyse journal articles.
  3. Present the findings of a journal article.
  4. Write abstracts of research articles.
  5. Explain how the information presented in the journal club relates to their research topic specifically and to the general research area.
  6. Organise a Journal Club.

Module resources/ Any other resources: Epigeum Research Methods on Literature Review and Epigeum Conferences, Presenting & Networking

Common Content for all supervisor-owned GS modules:

Teaching period all year

Module description The student should only register for this module in the academic year that they intend to complete the module.

Module content & assessment

Indicative content Completion of this module may require the student to attend workshops or seminars, complete training (including online training), maintain a reflective journal recording the student’s experience of their learning and/or completion of specific tasks or assessments. The content will be designed by the student’s supervisor so as to ensure that the student can achieve the module’s learning outcomes and that the supervisor can assess that the learning outcomes have been met by the student.

Department-based assessment

The research student’s supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the student has achieved the learning outcomes for this module and for recording this result in the student record system.

The supervisor will gather and retain written evidence that the student t has achieved the module’s learning outcomes. Each piece of evidence may only be used to demonstrate that the learning outcomes have been achieved for a specific module, i.e. no double-counting of learning achieved.

Results to be recorded on a Pass/Fail basis, with a Pass mark of 40%.

Each student may only receive credit for this module once.

Workload type/Independent & Directed Learning (non-contact)/

all learning and assessment activities/ all learning outcomes/100-125 hours for 5 ECTS

Any other resources: Online training materials are available on Blackboard 1GST1 in the Research Skills Training folder and in some cases the relevant GS module on Blackboard. Such resources include those from Epigeum.