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Systematic Reviews (CO7050)

Module Coordinator:                           Dr Margaret McCann
ECTS Value:                                         5

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the components of a systematic review
  • Successfully formulate a question for a systematic review
  • Critically discuss the principles for designing a search strategy
  • Critically discuss the principles guiding study selection, study quality assessment and data extraction
  • Understand meta‐analysis/meta-synthesis, heterogeneity, subgroup and sensitivity analyses
  • Effectively report and update reviews

Module Content

  • Types of systematic reviews
  • Planning a systematic review
  • Core components of a systematic review
  • Formulating the question for a systematic review
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Study Identification
  • Quality assessment and data extraction
  • Meta-analysis, meta-synthesis, heterogeneity, subgroup and sensitivity analyses
  • Structured report for systematic reviews

Indicative Resources
A reading list will be provided by the module co-ordinator at the beginning of the module. Additional course materials and lectures notes will be added to Blackboard.

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
This module will use a combination of short lectures, discussions and group exercises using systematic review topics suggested by students to illustrate key points.

Methods of Assessment
Assessment (100%) of the module will be based on the submission of a plan for the conduct of a systematic review of the student’s choosing (word limit 2500 words). This plan should describe the following: background to the review, eligibility criteria, search strategy, data extraction and quality assessment, analyses or other method for synthesis of the included studies, Heterogeneity (what is expected and how to deal with it), and dissemination.


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