BASIC COURSE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
An Online Course for Medical/Dental Postgraduates and Teachers in Medical/Dental Institutions in India
As mandated by the National Medical Commission and Dental Council of India
Medical Postgraduates (MD, MS, MCH, DM) admitted from Academic Year 2019-2020 onwards.
Teachers in medical institutions
Self-Paced; enroll and complete the course at any time
Participants who successfully secure a score
of 50% or above in the final proctored exam will be awarded an e-verifiable
course completion certificate.
Click here to get your certificate, if you have not received after completing the course successfully.
About the course
In order to improve the research skills of Indian medical postgraduates (PG) and teachers in medical institutions, the National Medical Commission (NMC, erstwhile Medical Council of India) has mandated a uniform research methodology course. This online course, “Basic Course in Biomedical Research”, will be offered by ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR-NIE), Chennai.
The course will explain the fundamental concepts of research methodology in health. It will be delivered through video lectures and reading materials. Certification will be done based on lecture wise assignments and a final proctored exam.
Course Coordination Committee
Dr. Sharan Murali
Scientist - B
Dr. Navaneeth S Krishna
Scientist - B
Dr. V Saravana Kumar
Scientist - B
Dr. N Ramya
Scientist - B
Dr. Joshua Chadwick
Scientist - B
Dr. S. Devika
Scientist - B
Out of 25 lectures, the first 23 lectures will have online assignments consisting of 10 Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) each. A minimum score of 50% in every assignment is required to register for the final proctored exam.
Final Proctored Exam
When a participant successfully secures the minimum score of 50% in every assignment for 23 lectures, the exam registration link for the next available date will be provided. To register for examination, the participant will have to fill-up an online form and pay the examination fees of Rs.1000 online. The city-wise list of examination centres will be made available at the time of registration. Securing a minimum score of 50% in the proctored exam is necessary to receive the pass certificate.
Participants who successfully secure a score of 50% or above in the final proctored exam will be awarded an e-verifiable course completion certificate
Conceptualizing a research study
Epidemiological consideraions in designing a research study
Biostatistical considerations in designing a research study
Planning a research study
Ethical issues in a research study
Writing a research protocol
Frequently Asked Questions
You can enrol for the course if you are an medical postgraduate or a teacher in a medical institution, recognized by the National Medical Commission (NMC).
You can enroll for the course if you are a dental postgraduate or a teacher in a dental college, recognized by the Dental Council of India.
As per the MCI notice dated 9 July 2019, BCBR is mandatory for Medical Postgraduates admitted from July 2019 onwards. Medical Postgraduates include those pursuing MD/MS in a medical college approved by the National Medical Commission (NMC).
As per the Gazette of India notification dated 12 February 2020 for ‘Minimum Qualifications for Teachers In Medical Institutions’ approved by the National Medical Commission (NMC), BCBR is mandatory for medical teachers for their promotion.
No. All other interested candidates including medical undergraduate students, clinical/public health/ laboratory researchers, physicians, research associates, allied health professionals, scientists, statisticians, ethics committee members, project managers and those interested in health research can enroll for the ‘Health Research Fundamentals’ (Please follow ICMR-NIE website for the same- https://nie.gov.in/icmr_sph/HRF.html This course is also run by the ICMR- National Institute of Epidemiology.
• Step 1 – Go to https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc22_md01/preview
• Step 2 – Click on the tab "JOIN" seen on the right-hand corner
• Step 3 – Use your pre-existing Google or Microsoft account to login. (Please use the same email ID till the end of the course. Do not create a new account if you forget the password.)
• Step 4 – Fill “My Profile” and click SAVE.
For further details watch tutorial on “how to enrol” https://youtu.be/e_jaFbQT2xU
Yes. After you sign in, you can click on ‘My Profile’ under which there is an option called ‘EDIT PROFILE’. You may click on it to edit the relevant details. However, you cannot change your email ID.
For further details watch tutorial on “how to sign in, course tour and edit profile” https://youtu.be/wFcTtwK39DY
Please use your regular Email as login ID. It is always advisable to remember your password. If you forget your password, you can retrieve your login credentials by using "Forgot your password?". However, if you forget the login ID, kindly send us an email or call our office to retrieve your login email ID.
For further details watch tutorial on “how to handle issues on forgot email id and password” https://youtu.be/sTG1SlAAsHw
• Step 1: Sign in to the course page https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc22_md01/preview
• Step 2: After signing in using your login ID and password, click “Basic course in Biomedical Research” under Course outline in the top left of the course page.
• Step 3: In the left panel, all the 25 lectures will be available. Click to open the intended lecture.
• Step 4: Below each lecture, find “Quiz: Assignment” for that lecture.
• Step 5: Click on the “Quiz: Assignment” which you would like to take. The assignment page will open.
• Step 6: Complete the assignment by choosing the appropriate answer.
• Step 7: Verify your answers before submitting and click “Submit Answers”.
• Step 8: Immediately after submission, you will get the scores.
If you have scored the minimum eligibility of 50%, you can move to the next assignment.
If you have not scored the minimum eligibility of 50%, you can click on the '
' at your convenience. During the retest you will get a new set of 10 MCQs.
• You may submit the assignments any number of times until you get the minimum eligibility score of 50%. No restriction to take the retest.
• You will not be allowed to resubmit the assignment once the minimum eligibility is met.
• There is no negative marking.
For further details watch tutorial on “How to access course materials” https://youtu.be/GHcy660N-oM
and “how to submit assignments” https://youtu.be/MeYUruIdD5k
I n two ways you can check the assignment scores.
Please follow the steps to access the course material.
1. Access course home page from the link: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc21_md05/preview
2. Login using the e-mail ID that was used to enrol for the course
3. Click on your user ID on the right side of login page then click on "MY COURSES" tab
4. Your course page will open, click on "Go to course" tab
5. On the left panel, click on “Basic Course in Biomedical Research” tab
6. Click the download link at the bottom of the page. This will take you to a new page where all the course materials including lectures, transcripts, and assignments are available for downloading.
You may follow the steps below for posting queries on “Basic Course in Biomedical Research”
After accessing the course materials
1. If you have any queries/comments to be addressed after accessing the course material you can post them in the discussion forum.
2. The discussion forum can be accessed by clicking on “Ask a Question” tab in the menu bar of the “Basic Course in Biomedical Research” home page, followed by selecting the appropriate lecture from the pre-existing discussion threads.
3. You can then type your query/comment in “click here to reply”. Once you have finished typing, click on “post” to get a response from Faculty/Teaching assistants.
4. Please post any queries that you have only in the discussion threads assigned for that particular lecture [for e.g., if you have a query related to lecture 22; you need to find a thread named: “Queries/comments for lecture 22. Elements of a protocol for research studies” and post your queries therein. This will help our Faculty/Teaching assistants in noticing immediately and addressing the queries expeditiously]
5. Once you post a query, our Teaching Assistants will respond to you.
6. Please confine your questions to the lectures. It is beyond our scope to respond to any other queries.
For further details watch tutorial on “how to ask queries on lecture” https://youtu.be/RB8n-Xhzo0c
Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org (All technical queries)
The registration for the certification exam will be open only to those learners who enrol for the course and secure more than or equal to 50% in every assignment for 23 lectures. A registration fee of 1000 INR should be paid to appear for the proctored exam. However, 50% of this fee will be waived for candidates belong to the SC/ST category, and persons with more than 40% disability. All exam related information will be posted in the announcements section of the course page.