Critically evaluating scientific research – Online course

Educational design: Chris Szwed and Jacinta Duncan

In this course students are guided through an evaluation of a scientific study that is being used to market a product. They are introduced to the key elements that contribute to the validity and reliability of a study. They then apply their critical evaluation skills to an additional scientific study and judge whether the claims being made about the product are substantiated by the studies.

You will need the following resources to complete this course:

GTAC Critical evaluation tool

GTAC Critically evaluating scientific research student review article 1

GTAC Critically evaluating scientific research student review article 2

GTAC Critically evaluating scientific research assistance questions


Level - Year 10, VCE Biology Units 1 - 4

Estimated duration - 90 minutes

Click the 'Activate this course' button below, then click "Introduction to critically evaluating scientific research" in the list that appears below to begin.