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Clinical Investigation
2nd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  8:30 - 10:20am

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Sarah Poynton
Course Instructor:

Guides students towards writing a high quality biomedical research paper. Considers each main section of the paper in detail, emphasizing writing from the reader’s perspective, and practicing all elements of effective academic writing. During the multi-term course, each student writes a biomedical research paper, section by section, receives constructive critique from their peers, and a line by line edit from the instructor. Format includes: didactic elements, small group work, and class critique of texts written by students, and of selected texts from published papers. Also considers other types of academic writing, such as review articles and letters of recommendation; these elements do not form part of the homework assignments or assessments.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write a high quality biomedical research paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
  2. Demonstrate logical organization, clear and effective writing, and an understanding of readers’ and reviewers’ expectations
  3. Describe the content that reviewers expect to see in each of the main sections of a peer-reviewed biomedical research paper
  4. Demonstrate the ability to edit texts, figures and tables for content, form and style
  5. Critically analyze, and recommend revisions to, a draft of a biomedical research paper written by a peer, to improve its organization and style
Methods of Assessment:

Evaluation based on homework assignments and class participation.


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

Course is primarily for GTPCI students; a max of 2 non-GTPCI students may be admitted with prior approval of the instructor

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Permission is required of all non-GTPCI students

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Special Comments:

Grade issued at the end of 4th term after completion of 390.711