BIMBC1-Research Planning and Project Management

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Phillip Dash

Email: p.r.dash@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module will teach students how to conduct a successful research project at postgraduate level. It will enable students to be able to identify a research question and then design an experimental plan to answer that question.

Aims:
To enable students to plan and execute research projects successfully.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students should have identified, through analysis of the literature and following discussion with academics, a suitable research project to pursue. Students will be able to understand the background to their project and design an experimental plan to successfully answer their research question. Students will learn how to write grant applications, set realistic timetables for research work and monitor their progress towards achieving goals. Students will also learn how to evaluate their work for health and safety implications.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop writing and critical analysis skills through the writing of the grant application.

Outline content:
This module will cover a number of topics of importance to planning a research project, starting with the identification of a research question. All academic staff in the biomedical sciences section of the School of Biological Sciences (around 20 staff) will give a seminar of their research area to give students an idea of the range of areas they will be able to research. Students will select three topics of interest and, in collaboration with the appropriate members of academic staff, will write a literature review that identifies a novel research question or hypothesis.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will primarily be delivered by attendance at seminars and by small group tutorials. Additionally individual study will be required to review the literature and develop the research plan.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 75
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

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Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
A reassessment essay title will be provided by the module convenor.

Last updated: 29 October 2014

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