94799 - Introduction to the Scientific Method in the Experimental Field

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 5708)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

recognize the scientific method as the basis of preclinical experimental research;

define objectives, structure, review methods and impact metrics of the scientific literature.

Course contents

The scientific method from physiology to life sciences

Causality and correlation

Experimental models

The scientific literature: objectives, structure, peer review and impact metrics


The course learning material and bibliography are available on virtuale.unibo.it

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

Written exam with three open questions (pass or fail), one for each of the three courses that constitute the integrated course. Failure to pass any one of the three questions will determine the failure to pass the whole examination. A positive evaluation will be obtained in the following cases: a) achievement by the student of a coherent vision of the topics discussed in the exam combined with their critical use, the demonstration of an expressive mastery and ability to use specific biomedical language terms; b) mostly mechanical and / or mnemonic knowledge of the subject, the ability of synthesis and analysis not completely articulated, and / or the use of a correct but not always appropriate language; c) training gaps and / or inappropriate language in a context of basic yet complete knowledge of the exam material. Training and significant knowledge gaps concerning the teaching materials offered during the course and inappropriate language are negatively evaluated.

Teaching tools

Digital video projector, PC.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Silvani


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.