BE 421 Discussion on Motor disorders/Rehabilitation
Each team of selects one paper on the topic of motor disorders or physical rehabilitation. The
paper should be a recent original experimental study (not a review paper) from a peer-reviewed
journal published between 2010 – 2018. The paper must be emailed to me at least 3 days prior to
the scheduled in-class discussion to allow time for distribution of the paper to the rest of the
class. All students in the team must read their paper individually first, and then meet with their
teammates to prepare for the in-class discussion.
On the scheduled day, the team will lead a class discussion on their paper. The class discussion
should begin with the team providing a brief (5 min) summary of the paper. It should then
develop into a discussion led by the team based on a list of at least 10 discussion questions the
team prepares in advance. The goal of the discussion is for the students to do most of the
talking. Some points to consider when reviewing your paper and preparing stimulating
discussion questions are:
accurately and clearly state the problem being investigated? Is the hypothesis stated?
accurately? Are they easy to interpret? Are the captions useful?
experimental design suitable for the research question? Is the planned analysis
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conclusions reasonable? Do the authors relate findings to earlier research? Do the
conclusions advance scientific knowledge?
Grades will be given according to the following criteria (10 points):
Graduate students will additionally submit a written review of the paper their team has chosen.
It should be at least 1 page, single-spaced, 12-point font. Is should include two sections. In the
first section, summarize the article in your own words and in paragraph form. In the second
section give me your impression of the article, and specific comments and suggestions you
would give the authors to improve their paper. This format for this section can be bullet point.
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