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Block 1: Foundations of Scientific Research

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Tuesday 17th October 3.15-4.45pm | Introduction to Research in the Sciences Part 1 - Dr Damian Coleman

Tuesday 17th October 5-6.30pm | Introduction to Research in the Sciences Part 2 - Professor Chris Beedie


  • Good science, bad science, pseudoscience and non-science
  • Challenges to and limitations of scientific method
  • Original science
    • o New and/or complex problems
    • o Develop innovative research methods, methodologies and analytical techniques;
    • o Provide new empirical material;
    • o Advance theory or the analysis of doctrine, policy or practice.
    • o Apparent v real originality
    • o Evidence of originality
  • Rigorous science
    • o Validity & reliability of measurement
    • o Controls
    • o Intellectual precision,
    • o Robustness and appropriateness of concepts, analyses, theories and methodologies.
    • o Integrity, coherence and consistency of arguments and analysis
    • o Consideration of ethical issues
  • Significant science
    • o Theoretical significance
    • o Methodological significance
    • o Substantive significance

Tuesday 24th October 9am-10.30am | Planning an Experiment (Biolab) - Dr Simon Harvey

Tuesday 24th October 3.15-4.45pm | Planning an experiment (Human Subjects) - Professor Chris Beedie

  • Identifying the question
  • Linking design & analyses to question
  • Identifying resources (& Gantt Chart)
  • Identifying risk (& Risk Register)
  • Identifying destination journal/output
  • Troubleshooting

Please note that our sessions are available to Christ Church University staff and students only. You must register for an event with a CCCU email account to attend.

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