Research Summer School


This training course will introduce participants to research planning and the different aspects of research designs. It will allow the trainee to gain experience in construction of research proposals and critical appraisal. The participant will be acquainted with skills in questionnaire design, data collection and interviewing techniques. Validity and reliability of diagnosis in medical and dental practice will be understood. Effective evaluation of training programs will be discussed. Skills in data analysis, presentation and interpretation will be gained. Ethical issues in medical research will be highlighted.

The course is contextual, i.e. it follows the context of research & it is conceptual. The course will be delivered over a period of five weeks and the activities will be conducted for three days each week to a total of fifteen days.

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Course Program Riyadh

Course Program Dammam

Course Program Jeddah

Upon completion of this part, the participants will be able to:

·       Define research

·       Describe the types and purpose of biomedical research

·       Describe the driving forces for research & the sources of research ideas

·       Explain the phases and steps of research

·       Discuss how research topics are selected and justified.

·       Select a research topic

·       Specify how questions are transformed into empirically testable hypotheses or aims.

·       Formulate a research question & a hypothesis

·       Define what is meant by sampling and representative samples.

·       Define and describe the various study designs

·       Select a study design appropriate for a selected research topic

·       Calculate the appropriate sample size for the proposed study

·       Design a data collection tool

·       Prepare an appropriate literature review

·       Compile a winning research proposal

·       Select the sample using proper randomization procedures

·       Use computer software to calculate the sample size & to randomize selection & allocation

·       Search for literature electronically

·       Save and manage references using citation & reference managers

·       Allocate subjects to study groups randomly using proper allocation procedures

·       Define and describe blinding and concealment of allocation

·       Define and describe interventions in experimental research

·       Define and describe outcomes of intervention

·       Collect & record data appropriately

·       Define the main statistical concepts and tests used in health research

·       Analyze data using the various statistical tests

·       Analyze data & produce tables & graphs using computer software

·       Discuss the selection and use of measures for central tendency

·       Discuss the selection and use of measures for dispersal

·       Describe the characteristics of normal and standard normal curves

·       Define the terms correlation and correlation coefficient.

·       Examine the logic of hypotheses testing for retaining or rejecting null hypotheses.

·       Demonstrate the use of the %2 test for analyzing nominal scale data

·       Describe the conventional way in which quantitative research is presented for publication

·       Report research using the various types of manuscripts

·       Write a report of an assigned research

·       Prepare a paper for publication using the recommended uniform criteria

·       Prepare a paper for thesis or dissertation using the recommended format

·       Prepare a poster or  presentation for a conference


·        Topic selection

·        Searching for references

·        Citation management

·        Proposal writing

·        Questionnaire design

·        Sample size calculation

·        Sample selection & randomization

·        Data collection

·        Data analysis

·        Writing reports, presentations, posters and papers

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