The introduction to the module presents the topics that are discussed as well as how to proceed. The estimated time required to work through the module content is provided. The introduction also lists the learning objectives and outcomes of the module.
All the activities of the module are grouped in the menu separately from the content. They are of two types:
- Individual activities that are constituted of (i) document reading activities, and (ii) case studies.
- Group activities
Activities include (i) drafting the clinical development plan of a recently registered vaccine using public information, (ii) proposing a new TB vaccine, (iii) writing an informed consent form compliant with guidelines, (iv) define the action plan following the occurrence of a serious adverse event in a clinical trial, (v) building a complete development plan for an improved vaccine against yellow fever, including technical and financial constraints, (vi) the critical reading of numerous scientific papers, including the first publication of Edward Jenner, (vii) considering the constraints on the implementation of devices for vaccine delivery, (viii) studying the environmental assessment of the first licensed recombinant human viral vaccine, and more!
The course content is a set of web pages linked in a hierarchical way that are accessed through a menu located on the left of the screen similar to the one you see now. Menu items can be expanded by clicking on the triangles. Pages contain summarized information (smallpox sample content), links to external web pages, illustrations, animations (sample animations), movies, sound, and access to scientific literature. The content can be studied independently on its own or accessed from the different activities. Page content is enhanced with additional information that can be viewed in an expanded text area or in a pop-up window if an illustration or an animation is needed.
Each module concludes with an exam of 100 multiple choice questions. A final exam will take place in Lausanne at the end of the first year in the form of multiple choice questions and an oral examination.