The Research Fundamentals Training Course provides a comprehensive introduction to key aspects of clinical trials in a step-by-step fashion and aims to break down complex concepts often encountered in the world of clinical research.
The course is intended for any clinical research professional, particularly those who are new to or looking to enter the industry, and those looking to expand or solidify their understanding of essential clinical trial concepts. The essential knowledge covered is relevant to all research professionals involved in the design, conduct, management, recording, analysis, and/or reporting of clinical trials.
This course has been developed by a team of experienced clinical research professionals, including clinical trial site managers, medical researchers, and clinical trial coordinators.
The Research Fundamentals Training Course is an online, self-paced learning course that consists of four (4) lessons (units) that may be used towards your yearly CPD portfolio.
Each unit is organised into a series of topics. Written content is accompanied by videos, links to journal articles and other resources, summary tables, and diagrams. A comprehensive reference list of accessible peer-reviewed journal articles and reputable web resources is also provided to further support your learning.
Each unit includes a reflection of learning activities in the form of an assessment quiz, consisting of various multiple choice and interactive questions. A certificate of completion is issued upon the successful completion of the training course.
The units are designed to complement each other and expand your level of clinical trials knowledge. The units can be completed at your own pace, at a time that suits you. We highly recommend completing the units in the set order.
The expected duration of each unit, including the recommended readings and assessment quiz, is 2 hours. The total course offers approximately 8 hours of learning.
Unit 1: Introduction to Clinical Trials
This unit provides a thorough introduction to clinical trials research. You will learn about the research roadmap, the different phases of research, developing a research question, hypothesis, and objectives, and what is involved in protocol development and site selection. This unit also provides an overview of what a typical clinical trial may involve, including participant recruitment, enrolment, and study visits.
Unit 2: Clinical Trial Regulation, Roles and Responsibilities
This unit provides a brief introduction to the regulation of human research, the roles of the stakeholders involved, and the responsibilities that each stakeholder has in the lifecycle of clinical trials research.
Unit 3: Clinical Research Study Design
This unit covers primary clinical trial design elements and commonly adopted structural study designs. You will learn about their purpose, unique functions, methodologies, and the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as other important things to consider when designing a clinical trial, such as bias.
Unit 4: Understanding Clinical Trial Results
This unit covers fundamental statistical concepts relevant to clinical trials, including key definitions and basic methods by which data generated can be summarised and analysed. You will learn about hypothesis testing and statistical significance, and the importance of correct interpretation and critical appraisal of trial results.
We are currently offering our Research Fundamentals Training Course at an introductory price of AUD $180 (inc. GST).
- Immediate course access
- Approximately 8 hours of learning
- Automatically generated certificate of completion.