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F7ABBMVP - Research Methodology

Code Completion Credits Range Language
F7ABBMVP KZ 2 1P+1C English
Jakub Ráfl (guarantor), Karel Roubík
Václava Piorecká, Jakub Ráfl (guarantor), Veronika Ráfl Huttová, Karel Roubík
Department of Biomedical Technology

The course introduces students to the basic methods of research work and the requirements for scientific communication. The course also introduces students to the principles of writing and presenting of bachelor's thesis.


Entry requirements of the course:

The course has no special entry requirements.

Requirements for the graduate assessment:

1. All homework assignments must be submitted and revised according to a lecturer's instructions.

2. All oral presentations must be presented and revised according to a lecturer's instructions.

3. Active attendance is required; absence must be properly excused and replaced.


Timely submission of all homework assignments and presentations in the required quality: 50% of grade.

Written final test from the material of lectures, seminars and assigned individual study: 50% of grade.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Structure of scientific work; typical parts, their purpose and content. Bachelor thesis.

2. Information sources; types of scientific publications, citation databases and digital libraries.

3. Publishing ethics; purpose and way of citing sources, plagiarism.

4. Style of scientific work; typography, mathematical typesetting.

5. Results; figures and graphs, tables.

6. Oral presentation of scientific work; principles for preparation and performance.

7. Research and experiment; research studies, randomization.

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Examples of scientific articles, examples of characteristic elements in the text.

2.–4. Extended abstract. Preparation of an extended abstract (homework) and its evaluation in a group.

5. Graphs and diagrams (examples, homework solutions).

6.–7. Oral presentation of scientific work. Preparation (homework). Presentation and its evaluation in a group.

Study Objective:

Students understand the importance of research work, understand the basic requirements for the content and quality of the scientific publication, are familiar with the structure of scientific work and can extract key information from it. Students can search for and use quality information sources for their professional work. They can briefly and factually present the results of their professional activities in written and spoken form. Students understand the importance of experiments in technical and scientific disciplines.

Study materials:

Required literature:

[1] ZEIGER, Mimi. Essentials of writing biomedical research papers. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, Health Professions Division, 2000. ISBN 978-0-07-134544-6.

[2] GUSTAVII, Björn. How to write & illustrate a scientific paper. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-521-53024-5.

Recommended literature:

[1] DAY, Robert A. a Barbara. GASTEL. How to write and publish a scientific paper. 7th ed. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2011. ISBN 978-0313391972.

The course is a part of the following study plans: