BIMBD23-Research Project

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 140 [70 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Phillip Dash


Summary module description:
This entirely practical module consists of an in-depth 30 week research project in a specialist area.

To enable students to conduct research projects successfully. To perform a series of experiments to answer a research question and analyse the results. To perform statistical analysis of the data and reach conclusions about the results. To write up the results of the research in the form of a scientific paper suitable for publication.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will have applied the content from the taught modules to the investigation of a relevant biomedical science research question. Students will demonstrate an ability to critically appraise the relevant scientific literature and their own results. They will be able to demonstrate skill in data analysis and interpretation and also demonstrate accurate reporting of scientific methodology and results. Students will be able to demonstrate reasoned discussion of results in the context of the subject area and write a report in the form of a scientific paper.

Additional outcomes:
Time management and problem solving skills.

Outline content:
A topic will be chosen at the end of the Autumn term in collaboration with an academic in that research area. Training in the specific laboratory techniques and methods needed for the project will be provided. Students will work on their own research project with close supervision and regular meetings to provide feedback and to discuss results.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Meetings with supervisor and guided research.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Guided independent study 700 700
Total hours by term 700.00 700.00
Total hours for module 1400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 60
Project output other than dissertation 30
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of a project report.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 September 2017

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