FBMRSF-Postgraduate Research Skills for Food

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: FBMRSN Postgraduate Research Skills in Nutrition
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Maria Oruna-Concha

Email: m.j.oruna-concha@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to teach the skills that are required to effectively undertake research in Food Sciences at postgraduate level. In addition, the students will get exposure to the current scientific research carried out in our Department where they will have the opportunity to critically engage in scientific discussions and to critically report on the areas. The module is course work only.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module students will be able to:
1 Evaluate laboratory data obtained following laboratory based sessions
2 Draft brief statements highlighting key findings for public/scientific audience
3 Improve their presentation skills to communicate their research clearly to academic staff and peers.
4 Undertake literature review of research.

Additional outcomes:
On completion of this module students will be able to:
1 Have a comprehensive knowledge of the methodologies used in Food Science research
2 Be in a position to critically evaluate available techniques in order to establish which method is best suited to answer particular research questions
3 Have improved laboratory skills
4 Have learned about the concepts of accuracy, precision and method standardisation
5 Develop experimental design and hypothesis testing
6 Have improved presentation skills
7 Have developed a number of additional key skills such as report and abstract writing
8 Have learned about critical evaluation of research outputs
9 Have engaged in critical scientific discussions based on attendance at the series of departmental research seminars
10 Have had the opportunity to interact with leading researchers
11 Have developed skills in note-taking and learning from an advanced seminar format
12 Have gained knowledge into postgraduate research to help inform towards career choice
13 Demonstrate good academic practice and use of bibliographic sources (citation and referencing of source material and avoid plagiarism).

Outline content:
This module consists of a series of lectures, laboratory sessions and attendance to the Department seminars (both, from research students and invited speakers).

Overview of methodologies in Food Science research. Planning of research. Food components analysis using chromatography/spectrometry techniques

Departmental seminars where scientific research, currently on going in our Department, will be presented (both, from research students and invited speakers)

Basic laboratory skills.Laboratory skills practical using state of the art HPLC and LC-MS/GC-MS to separate, identify and quantify food components

Additional sessions
Presentation skills; Presentation of original paper including critical evaluation and feedback; Abstract writing and assessing; Press statements and critical evaluation of research outputs;
Attendance to the Food Industry Symposium

Global context:
Research in an academic environment. Acquisition and/or development of research skills transferable and applicable to other types of jobs

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
During this module teaching will be in the form of formal small group interactive lectures, attendance to Departmental seminars, practical classes supervised by the lecturers and suitably qualified researchers, blackboard assignments given to the students, and feedback on all written work and presentations

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 12
Seminars 8
Tutorials 6
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 20 39
Total hours by term 35.00 65.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Practical skills assessment 20

Other information on summative assessment:
This module will be assesses based on several assignments;

This module will be assesses based on several assignments;
(1)Attendance to seminars
(2)Written reports (press statement and literature review)
(3)Oral presentation
(4)Blackboard tests

2 x 200 word press statement (one week post seminar) - 10% each
1 x 3000 word literature review (deadline week TBC) - 40%
1 presentation of critical evaluation (week TBC) - 20%
2 blackboard tests (deadline one week post practical session) - 10% each

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

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: 21 December 2016

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