2023-2024 / METO0003-1

Introduction to scientific method and to experimentation


10h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biomedicine1 crédit 


Christel Pequeux, Barbara Polese

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims to define the scientific method, to lay the historical bases of the scientific method, to analyze the use of the scientific method in the context of biomedical issues.Particular attention will be paid to logical reasoning, analysis and interpretation of results, design of an experimental plan, use of controls, warning against bias. This course aims to develop curiosity, a critical mind and a spirit of synthesis.
Practical part: Group work

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Block3 of the bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences aims to train students in scientific research from a point of view of both conceptual approach and experimental practice. This course is provided at Q1 in addition to the didactic laboratories and the cell culture course which aim to train students in different experimental practices. All of these courses should allow students to acquire the bases necessary to best tackle the integrated practical training of Q2 which combine both the development of an experimental strategy, to answer a given scientific question, and the carrying out the experiments.

Main aims:

  • To give the basis to develop a reflexive practice related to the scientific method
  • To develop a critical mind concerning the establishment of an experimental plan based on a research hypothesis
  • To analyse and to give a critical interpretation of experimental results
  • To develop a synthesis mind

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

BIOL0028-1- Biologie moléculaire

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The lectures are provided in amphitheater. It is divided into lectures. There is no podcast available.

Attendance and active participation to the course is warmly requested.

In addition to the ex-cathedra courses, practical work is organized in the form of the analysis of a scientific article in groups of 3 to 4 students. The analysis of this article leads to an oral presentation.

Depending on health conditions, the course could be given remotely via videoconference and/or via videos (sound slide show) accessible on eCampus.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

This part is a face-to-face course. The schedule is provided by Celcat. Diaporamas are available on eCampus webpage.
Depending on health conditions, the course could be given remotely via videoconference and/or via videos (sound slide show) accessible on eCampus.

Recommended or required readings

The slides and videos of the lessons will be available and could be downloaded from eCampus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Written work / report

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

The assessment consists in an oral lecture performed in team (50% of the final score), as well as an individual written exam (50% of the final score). Depending on the health conditions, the Exam could be organized online via the eCampus platform. Exam rules are available on the Medical School website (http://www.facmed.ulg.ac.be).

It is possible to consult your exam form upon request to the Professor (see contact section).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Christel Péqueux, PhD +32 4 366 22 17 e-mail: c.pequeux@uliege.be

Barbara Polese, PhD +32 4 366 45 59 e-mail: bpolese@uliege.be
You can contact the professor by e-mail, but you have to use your ULiege e-mail address (XXX@student.uliege.be). For any email, you must specify your name, surname and section.

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