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Introduction to Knowledge Synthesis for Knowledge Users

Course Number
5400 (Epidemiology)
Course Instructor(s)
Andrea Tricco, Sharon Straus

Course Description

This course will teach students about systematic reviews in general, as well as how to conduct a systematic review. This information will be used by the students to conduct a systematic review in the topic of their choice, with guidance from the course directors. Please note that the students will not be completing a full systematic review during the duration of the course, due to course timelines.

Course Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify which organizations conduct knowledge synthesis
  • Discern individuals who can be involved with the knowledge synthesis team
  • Differentiate between different types of knowledge synthesis, such as systematic reviews and qualitative evidence reviews
  • Distinguish between different types of evidence that can be summarized in a knowledge synthesis
  • Develop a knowledge synthesis question
  • Establish the eligibility criteria for knowledge synthesis
  • Create a knowledge synthesis protocol

Methods of Assessment

Assignment 1 (knowledge synthesis question) 30%
Assignment 2 (knowledge synthesis protocol) 50%
Quizzes 10%
Participation 10%

General Requirements

This course is only open to PhD students who are working on or planning an actual knowledge synthesis.