Projects in Translational Research
This course is intended to provide students with the necessary tools and skills to identify, develop and execute a translational research project. The class is structured following an experiential learning approach guided by the Translational Thinking Framework that helps students sample necessary skills and apply their understanding to a real-world community partner project with a healthcare provider. In this course, students learn about methods of Translational Thinking and Human Centred Design to explore a problem space and the people within that space, identifying real needs, system constraints and requirements, and ultimately design solutions that incorporate all those components. Designs are iterated from initial concepts by gathering feedback and evaluating prototypes with partners input throughout the course. The course project culminates with development of an intervention that addresses the identified problem. Final project presentations for the partner stakeholders will take place at the end of the course.
This course is designed to provide students with the foundations necessary for understanding and applying Translational Thinking Framework and Human-Centred Design to medical problems. The learning objectives are: (1) to practice research methods for understanding user needs and practices, (2) to interpret raw data and create design artefacts (e.g., personas, scenarios), (3) to brainstorm, sketch and design prototypes that address real user problems, (4) to evaluate prototypes (one’s and others’) for usability, learnability and usefulness, and (5) to work in multidisciplinary design teams
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