HLTH SC 3101 - Clinical Trials Management: Principles and Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course will teach the practical aspects of clinical trial conduct such as synopsis and protocol writing, principles of informed consent, study conduct and follow up, adverse event reporting, report writing, as well as the principles of Good Clinical Practice. This will be done within the regulatory and reporting framework for clinical trials.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HLTH SC 3101
    Course Clinical Trials Management: Principles and Practice
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites HLTH SC 2104 or PUB HLTH 2007
    Assumed Knowledge PUB HLTH 3009
    Course Description This course will teach the practical aspects of clinical trial conduct such as synopsis and protocol writing, principles of informed consent, study conduct and follow up, adverse event reporting, report writing, as well as the principles of Good Clinical Practice. This will be done within the regulatory and reporting framework for clinical trials.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Sepehr Shakib

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Design a clinical trial synopsis to answer a research question
    2. Work in a group to create a clinical trial protocol de novo or from a trial synopsis
    3. Be able to critically evaluate a clinical trial synopsis, protocol, and patient information sheet
    4. Understand the regulatory and reporting requirements for clinical trials
    5. Have an understanding of the principles of Good Clinical Practice
    6. Create a patient information sheet from a clinical trial protocol
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Keech A, Gebski V, Pike R (eds). Interpreting and reporting Clinical Trials: A guide to the CONSORT statement and the principles of randomised controlled trials. Australasian Medical Publishing Company, 2007
    Recommended Resources
    Students will be able to open access a variety of third party online resources for clinical trials management e.g. NHMRC, ANZCTR. Links to journal articles and reading lists disseminated via MyUni.
    Online Learning
    The primary means of communication outside of the formal contact hours will be via MyUni. Announcements will be used as the main method of communicating with the student cohort. Course material will be supported by online resources, with lecture recordings available via MyUni. Material will be sequentially released in line with the teaching and learning activities in each week or at the beginning of the Semester.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There will be a number of small online modules to provide basic definitions for some of the content which is repeated throughout the course eg adverse effect, protocol, investigator brochure, Good Clinical Practice.
    Other content may be delivered as online modules, which the students will learn at their own pace.
    There are 2 lectures per week which may be face to face or presented online to provide the core course didactic content.
    There are 3 tutorials for small group discovery of specific topics to support the lectures.
    There are 6 workshops in small group discovery experiences where  students will work together to discus and will develop clinical trial protocols based on information provided to them on two hypothetical drugs.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    The bulk of the learning will be through the workshops where students will be facilitated to work together to create clinical trial protocols for their hypothetical drugs. These will be supported by lectures (delivered by experts from industry) and problem-solving tutorials.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment for this course will be as follows:
    Mid-semester exam 20%
    Individual assignments 30%
    Group study management plan and presentation 25%
    Final exam 25%
    Assessment Detail
    The individual assignments consist of specific tasks related to the clinical trial protocol which will be developed by the group eg development of consent from from protocol, development of schedule of events from protocol, determination of inclusion/exclusion criteria, writing a study synopsis, writing data collection tool for specific protocol events eg screening visit. These will be submitted by individual students with different students taking on the different tasks in the creation of the protocol. There will be 2 assignments submitted and each will account for 15% of the total marks.
    Through the workshops the group of students will also work together to create two study protocols. These will be presented to a panel including academics, members of an ethics committee, and industry representatives, who will assess the study designs. This group mark will contribute to 25% of each student's mark.

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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