BI3PROA-Research Project - Ecology and Evolution 40 Credit (A)

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer / Autumn / Spring module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-requisites: Part 2 Ecology, Zoology or Biological Sciences programmes
Modules excluded: BI3PROB Research Project - Biomolecular 40 Credit (B) and BI3PROC Research Project - Ecology and Evolution 20 Credit (C) and BI3PROD Research Project - Biomolecular 20 Credit (D)
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Renee Lee


Summary module description:

The aim of project work is to provide the student with an experience of biological research through the design and execution of an individual project.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable outcomes
At the end of this module students will be able to:
• formulate and critically assess a scientific argument based on data
• design a scientific project in consultation with others and carry out a programme of research, responding to the changing circumstances as they arise
• draw on knowledge and data to set the research in context and to evaluate its contribution to biology
• prepare a full report of the project in the form of a scientific paper.

Additional outcomes:
Students will better appreciate the structure of scientific research and its possible career opportunities by taking part.

Outline content:
A handbook with details of the School's research areas and an outline of the projects available in each area will be made available to students in the Spring Term of Part 2. Students will nominate 3 of these research areas and every effort will be made to allocate one of these to each student. The students allocated to each area will meet the members of staff within that area of research for a detailed description of the projects available and the allocation of these to individual students: details of Phase 1 of the project and timing of the project will be made available at this meeting. As part of this, students will plan their project work, including identifying the hypothesis to be tested. In week 6 of the Spring Term students will present their work in the form of an assessed poster ahead of the production of their final thesis. The research will normally be carried out for 200 hours over ten weeks.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
An initial lecture session will describe the aims and methods of the project scheme. Most of the learning will be self-directed with the exception of occasional tutorial sessions with the project supervisor.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 20 20
Fieldwork 40 20
Guided independent study 120 140 40
Total hours by term 180.00 180.00 40.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 5
Dissertation 75
Project output other than dissertation 10
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Phase 1 - 5%; Performance mark - 10%; Dissertation - 75%; Poster 10%

Formative assessment methods:
Students will have regular contact and discussions with their supervisor and they will be required to maintain a laboratory book which will be commented upon at regular intervals by the supervisor.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission of a project report, together with other work, not earlier than September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 29 August 2017

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