222.659.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 1 Credit(s)
T 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Lawrence Cheskin
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Discuss the peer review process and he construction of a research paper
    • Analyze critically the key elements of specific journal articles in the field of nutrition through guided discussions and written assignments
    • Construct alternative ways to answer research questions when the article being criticallly analyzed falls short or has limitations
  • Course Description
    Introduces graduate students of nutrition to the seminal literature in the field. Teaches students how to interpret and evaluate literature, and foster discussion and debate among students and faculty on current issues. Faculty selects seminal papers and participates in the discussion. Students are expected to read each paper as well as discuss and explain the methods and results in class.
  • Intended Audience
    Beginning master's and doctoral students in nutrition and other fields
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation is based on attendance and contribution to discussion, and written assignments based on the student's analysis of each journal article discussed in class.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Depending on number of students enrolled for the term, we may have the opportunity for individual presentations by students, which will be figured into the course grade.

  • Prerequisites
  • Required Text(s)

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  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Welcome Message

    Dear Students,

    While Critical Thinking in Nutrition II is certainly a continuation of the work begun in Critical Thinking I, and we will continue to analyze articles and hear from some additional faculty members, it is more.  For the second year now, under the direction of the faculty of the Center for Human Nutrition, we will cover in term 2 a set of "classic,' important articles that we feel everyone in this field should have some familiarity with.

    In this term, we will also turn towards the development of each of your specific skills in critical analysis, spoken and written presentation, and thinking on your feet. The class will be a laboratory for learning also how to give feedback to, and receive feedback from others, in a way that maximizes communication and learning, and minimizes misunderstandings.

    I look forward to working with each of you.

    Larry Cheskin, MD

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Larry Cheskin
    Office: 550 N. Broadway, Suite 1001
    Tel: 410 502 0145

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