BIMRS16-Research Studies

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Ingo Bojak


Summary module description:

The aim of the module is to provide training in the use of available research literature, in critically evaluating a relevant research topic, and in developing and successfully proposing a novel research agenda.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Ability to decide on a topic of research, and to formulate a critical approach to it.
Ability to search for relevant literature from a wide range of sources, and to select appropriate key literature.
Ability to assess and produce good scientific writing, according to a specified set of requirements, and to evaluate the quality of presentations and proposals.
Ability to assess critically the methods, results and conclusions reported by other researchers.
Knowledge and understanding acquired of the researched topic.
Ability to present orally to a group in a convincing manner.

Additional outcomes:
Written and oral presentations skills.

Outline content:
This module provides experience in the use of literature search facilities, in the selection of research topics and material, in judging quality of research and the use of English in scientific writing (as a “peer reviewer”), in the presentation of a piece of work according to a given set of requirements (as a “scientific author”), as well as in pitching a research project to a critical audience and writing an extended application for funding (as a “grant applicant”). Detailed knowledge about a chosen research topic will also result.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will work individually or in small groups on a topic chosen in conjunction with the module convenor. Lectures will be given to provide relevant information to the whole class. The format will be primarily student led with an emphasis on professionally presenting their work through written reports and oral presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 90
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

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.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

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;
where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
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.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:
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:
MEng 50% overall module mark
MSc 50% overall module mark

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework

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: 31 March 2017

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