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The Design of Clinical Trials:- A Blinded Placebo-led Trial to Determine if Caffeine Improves Cognitive Performance.

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Word Document (2007)
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Description This on-line resource contains a data set and lesson plan for conducting a simulated clinical trial using a caffeine supplemented drink to test the hypothesis that caffeine improves cognitive performance. It is ideally run with a large class of undergraduate students (80+) who are in their pre-honours year. The lesson is intended to introduce them to the importance of experimental design and the power of randomisation and placebo controlled trials.
Type of Resource Assessment: tool, Assignment/Activity (Non-Laboratory/Non-Hands on Activity), Laboratory or Hands-On Activity, Lesson Plan, Teaching Strategies & Guidelines
Format Word Document (2007) - DOCX
Technical Note Note that this word file contains a data set which should be copied into Excel and saved as a text or comma separated file before loading into R.
Stephen Land, University of Dundee
Development Date June 29, 2015
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Learning Time 6-9 hours
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization
Review Date January 14, 2016
Funding Source Other , SHEFC
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