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UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging

Critical Review of Key Papers in Biomedical Imaging (The Journal Club)

Course Information

    Course Credits: 15 (MPHYGB25, first and second term)   

    Assessment: Presentation, Class Contribution and Coursework

    Course Organisers: Dr Andrew MelbourneDr Tammy KalberDr Ivana Drobnjak

Aims and Objectives

Understanding and forming an accurate opinion of a journal article is a crucial skill for research; the DTP Journal Club aims to equip students with the skills necessary to carry out a critical review of literature relevant to their field.

Students will work together through group work and discussion to develop skills for critical thinking and reviewing, and understand the motivation for paper writing whilst developing academic presentation skills.

Class Structure

In 2014/2015 the DTP MRes students, each week in rotation, will present a paper chosen by an academic member of staff who will then chair the session. The format will be a 7 minute presentation by the lead presenter describing the context and motivation for the work, followed by two further 7 minute presentations by two members of the group describing in detail the contributions and limitations of the paper. The remaining members of the group will work in groups of three andl use the last 39 minutes to continue discussion of particular sections of the paper and add their own opinions. The academic chairperson will help guide the discussion. Written reviews will be due in approximately half-way through the course and at the end of the student rotation.

Assessment and Feedback

Students will be assessed in three categories:

Presentation Skills: Each student will present three times during the rotation, once as lead presented and once each presenting the contributions and limitations of the paper. Students will be assessed on each presentation. Students will be assessed on their general presentation skills, strength of conclusions and ability to handle questions.

Class Contribution (throughout the year): Students will be expected to contribute to the class throughout the year by raising questions, contributing to the discussion and voicing opinions. Attendance will form a component of class contribution.

Individual Paper Review (twice during the rotation): Students will be asked to submit a written review of one of the papers from the first and second half of the paper rotation. The review should summarise the paper and reflect upon contemporary literature. In the case of older papers, it is expected that some discussion of their subsequent impact should be present. The review should not exceed 1000 words.

Important Dates

The first session of the DTP Journal Club will be on 1st October 2014 in MPEB 1.19 from 2-4pm.

The deadline for the first individual paper review will be around middle of February 2014.

The deadline for the second individual paper review will be around June 2015.


Unless otherwise stated, the DTP Journal Club will be held on Wednesdays in MPEB 1.19 between 2-4pm.

Rotation 1

1. 1st October 2014 (Provisional): Welcome to the DTP Journal Club. 2-4pm in MPEB 1.19.

2. 8th October 2014: Paper TBC. Chair TBC.

Programme to be confirmed.

Rotation 2

Programme to be confirmed.

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