Methodology Template

Overview

Abstract

Brief summary of what.

In general, write the abstract as one sentence from each major section. So, one intro, one methods, one validation/results, and one conclusions.

Introduction

More details about why and how.

System Design

Background and Scope

Include where the models originated and why we chose them.

Requirements

Existing

Approach

Data Flow

Initialize

Initialize, setup, tune, conditions, stabilization, etc.

Preprocess

Process

Post Process

Assessments

Include a data flow diagram.

Features and Capabilities

Include a discussion about model fidelity.

Definitions

Table with symbols (if needed).

Circuit

Include a circuit diagram.

Patient Variability

How changes in the patient affect the model.

Feedback

How the homeostatic methodology works.

Dependencies

How does this system interact with other systems?

Outputs

Any discussion about system outputs?

Assumptions and Limitations

Conditions

Actions

Insults

Interventions

Events

Include irreversible states.

Assessments

Results and Conclusions

Verification

Often through unit tests.

Validation - Resting Physiologic State

Use the auto-generated table.

Explain the good and the bad, note why the bad is either being addressed or okay.

Validation - Conditions

Include validation tables.

Validation - Actions

Include validation tables and plots.

Validation - Assessments

Conclusions

1-2 sentences for each of the following: sum up what we have done, have we advanced the state of the art (hint: yes), note the worst and how it is being addressed or why it is ok, note the best stuff, why is this is good step, who will find this useful

Future Work

Coming Soon

What else is in the works.

Improvements to existing methodology planned. Include a why statement. Need to know why this improvement is a good thing to do, what is gained.

Recommended Improvements

What should be updated and why.

Appendices

Acronyms

Define terms and acronyms.

Data Model Implementation

Link to associated classes.

Compartments

Include a tree showing the compartments.