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  1. Feb 2017
    1. Course Structure

      Four Articles used to teach critical analysis:

      1. Flawed paper
      2. Exemplary
      3. Conflicting Paper #1
      4. Conflicting Paper #2

      Class Meeting Agenda:

      1. Identification of Background, terminology, and methodology
      2. Explanation of unfamiliar background, terminology, and methodology
      3. Data interpretation
      4. Author's conclusion and unanswered questions
      5. Follow up experiments
    2. FIGURE 1.

      Title: Number of papers read by undergraduates and Masters Students

      Specific Question: How many scientific papers have students carefully analyzed?


      2/3 students have carefully read fewer than 20 papers.

      Prediction: Most undergraduates read about 1 primary literature article each semester. This is probably not enough to learn how to read the primary literature.

    3. , instructors have detected that students struggle with some of its aspects
      1. Connecting background information to specific research questions
      2. The logical linkage of hypothesis with testing methods
      3. Data interpretation
      4. Evaluating strength of conclusions based on evidence
      5. Identification of implications
      6. Relating data between articles.
      7. Jargon and writing style
    4. In their report Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians, the American Association of Medical Colleges and Howard Hughes Medical (AAMC-HHMI) Institute listed the ability of critical reading and evaluation of scientific papers as one of the competencies that students should possess before entering medical school (AAMC-HHMI, 2009, p. 26).

      Motivating statement for why students should want to learn how to read scientific papers.