This semester, we are running 2 new 90-minute classes on critical appraisal
(see timetable above)
Critical appraisal, or critical analysis, is a crucial skill in assessing and evaluate the research in your subject area. Critical appraisal is also something that is often mentioned in assignment feedback – “you need to be more critical of the literature” - But how do you develop this skill?
These 2 linked classes will help you develop your critical reading and writing skills, with a focus on preparing you for writing a literature review.
Class 1: We will look at a couple of short research articles, and discuss different examples of students’ critical writing about them. You will also do some short writing exercises related to this.
Class 2: We will look at techniques for critically comparing a few articles on a similar topic. You will also practise writing short analytical paragraphs, and look at some tips for developing your own critical writing style.
NB These classes are for undergraduate students, particularly in levels 1-3, and will focus on research in the health sciences.
There will be 2 further classes for students in other disciplines later in the semester, and the writing discussed will be more relevant to students in ASSaM.
If you are unable to come to any of these workshops, or are interested in a particular topic but can't find a workshop on it, do contact us. We can do our best to organise extra workshops for small groups at times that suit you.
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