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LS4RM1 Common research methods: transferable research skills
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc Molecular and Clinical Microbiology; MSc Microbiology and Immunology; MSc Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics; MSc Immunology and Allergy There are a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Students will gain grounding in planning, preparing and executing research in the field of molecular biology, microbiology immunology and genetics. They will learn how to plan research projects, assess published literature, analyse data and gain experience presenting research data and preparing publications.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 9 weeks1 per week1 hour
Computing 2 weeks1 per week2 hours
Workshop 3 weeks1 per week2 hours
Workshop 3 weeks1 per week2 hours
Workshop 3 weeks1 per week2 hours
Workshop 3 weeks1 per week2 hours
Workshop 3 weeks1 per week2 hours
Workshop 3 weeks1 per week2 hours
Workshop 3 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
10 credits 100 hours of study Direct-taught: 20 hours Self-directed: 30 hours Preparation for oral presentation time: 20 hours Preparation for lay summary: 30 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Project 1 50 Review article of published articles describing a specific gene of interest (1000 word written report, 4 weeks allocated for preparation and writing) 
Assignment 50 Oral presentation of a research paper (30 minutes 4 weeks allocated for preparation) 

Convenor: 
Dr A Tarr

Education Aims:  To gain understanding of the fundamentals of laboratory research, including research study design, execution of research and interpretation/presentation of research data. To encourage independent thinking about approaches to designing laboratory research

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and Understanding: Knowledge of the preparation and planning of laboratory research. Read diligently and interpret effectively the approaches required to construct a successful molecular biology experiment Acquire information systemically, process it effectively and draw appropriate conclusions. Process published data and make critical assessment of the quality of research. Professional Practical Skills: Understand how research funding applications are prepared. Understand the technicality of preparation of scientific manuscripts Discuss inferences generated and apply them to wider concepts. Transferable skills: Effective written and spoken communication. Organize and manage the working time. Use and access Communication and Information Technology. Reflect on and assess progress, strengths and drawbacks. Work productively within a team.

Offering School:  Life Sciences


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