To develop and describe the use of a rubric for reinforcing critical literature evaluation skills and assessing journal article critiques presented by pharmacy students during journal club exercises.
a) Understand the research process and will meet Terry faculty engaged in research. In addition to Professor Netter’s discussion of Finance and Economics there will be presentation on research in other business disciplines including marketing, management, accounting
b) Learn about the relevance of research.
c) Know how research is undertaken.
d) Know the ethical considerations.
e) Learn vocabulary of research and how it is used.
f) Understand how to find research publications
g) Understand how to read a journal article critically
h) Learn how to make contact with faculty mentors for CURO research
i) Know the elements of a research proposal and how to draft one.
Journal article critique: 70 points
4. Have the procedures been presented in enough detail to enable a reader to duplicate them? (Another good one! You’d be surprised at the respectable researchers who cut corners in their writing on this point.) 5. Scan and spot-check calculations. Are the statistical methods appropriate? 6. Do you find any content repeated or duplicated? A common fault is repetition in the text of data in tables or figures. Suggest that tabular data be interpreted of summarized, nor merely repeated, in the text. A word about your style: let your presentation be well-reasoned and objective. If you passionately disagree (or agree) with the author, let your passion inspire you to new heights of thorough research and reasoned argument. First of all, in looking for an instructional website on how to write a critique of a journal article, I found nothing online giving the steps to take to structure a critique of a journal article. So, here goes; what I'm going to do is give you the elements of putting together a journal article critique below from an old instructional course book for political science writers. The following steps are taken from The Political Science Student Writer's Manual, 4th Edition, by Gregory M. Scott and Stephen M. Garrison: 1. The first step is to select an appropriate journal article; the best articles are taken from scholarly journals. 2. Browse journals until you find a topic that interests you; this makes for a better critique. 3. Select an article that fits your current level of knowledge. Do not include statistics unless you are versed in those statistics. 4. Try to select articles that are current; pick an article written within the preceding 12 months. 5. Writing the critique will cover five areas, after you have read the article thoroughly: thesis, methods, evidence of thesis support, contribution to the literature, recommendations. 6. Tips on the five elements: (1) Clearly state the thesis. (2) Under methods, answer the following questions. "What methods did the author use to investigate the topic? Were the appropriate methods used? Did the author's approach to supporting the thesis make sense? Did the author employ the methods correctly? Did you discover any errors in the way the research was conducted?" (3)