The course will focus on the design and planning of randomized trials in nutrition and health research. Through lectures, exercises and journal clubs, the course will cover various practical and academic aspects of the planning and conduct of a randomized controlled trial (RCT).
MSc Programme in Human Nutrition
After completion of the course the students should be able to:
- Defining intervention and outcomes
- Define and explain the key characteristics of the RCT
- Define and explain bias, confounding, effect modification and chance in relation to the RCT
- Explain the strength and limitations of the simple RCT, as well as factorial, cluster and cross-over RCT
- Explain the principles of sample size estimation and power
- Explain the problem with multiple comparisons and ways to reduce it
- Describe the formal requirements and approvals needed for a trial, data protection and publication agreements
- Calculate the sample size needed for a randomized trial
- Generate a random sequence based on variable block size
- Design a trial for a given research question
- Argue for the the quality of the methodology and the reporting of a randomized trial
- Develop a plan for trial management appraising the challenges from early planning to study implementation and publication
Lectures, individual and group-based exercises, and journal clubs.
Relevant course material will be uploaded on Absalon.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is required,
Basic understanding of epidemiological concepts, such as source and study population, validity, causal inference, chance and power, type 1 and type 2 errors, bias, confounding and effect modification are expected.
We provide written feedback on draft reports, and oral feedback on the final report is provided by peer students and lecturers.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
- Type of assessment details
- Description: Questions to the project report and curriculum. The exam is without preparation time.
- Only certain aids allowed
Project report with notes.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Internal grading. More assessors.
Criteria for exam assessment
Please see "Learning Outcome"
Single subject courses (day)
- Project work
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 2
- No restrictions.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Food, Human Nutrition and Sports
- Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
- Faculty of Science
- Henrik Friis (3-6d6b7745736a7d7833707a336970)
- Benedikte Grenov (3-676c7745736a7d7833707a336970)
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