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A34SCP Regenerative Medicine Research Project
(Last Updated:30 August 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 60

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Only available to M.Sc. Stem Cell Technology students There is 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.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Summer Assessed by end of Summer Vacation 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Students will undertake a 4 month full-time research project under the supervision of one or more of the faculty members. The emphasis will be on interdisciplinary projects. The attention to experimental design, conducting research and analysing/ presenting data is aimed to provide an insight into the nature of high quality research and allow students the opportunity to develop a specific area of current relevance. Contact time: 14 hours (1h lectures, 6 hours tutorials, 7 hours Graduate School course) Supervised Laboratory Research: 300 hours Private study time: 286 hours

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Thesis 70 a) 8,000 word scientific report of research project. b) Assessment of lab work proficiency 
Presentation 1 15 Oral Powerpoint presentation of research project outline and preliminary results to host research lab 10 mins & 5 mins questions 
Presentation 2 15 Oral Powerpoint poster presentation of research project to Course Faculty and External Examiner - 5 mins & 5 mins questions 

Dr V Sottile

Education Aims:  The purpose of this module is to provide students with direct experience of undertaking a specific research project within a working laboratory. This will reinforce and further develop the research skills introduced in the preceding modules. After a tutorial on “Research proposal preparation” and consultation with the appropriate project supervisor, students will prepare a research proposal that will be assessed by supervisors and the Module Convenor. Students will then undertake 12 weeks of laboratory work, with responsibility to learn appropriate choice of controls, theory behind experimental procedures, appropriate experimental design and data analysis/ presentation approaches. At Masters level, while appropriate supervision will be given, the expectation is that the student will make a clear contribution to the approach to the project. During the laboratory period, students are expected to give an assessed presentation of their main aims (and if timely, progress) to the host laboratory. Thesis preparation will be assisted by a tutorial, a Graduate School course on preparing long documents in WORD and some consultation with the supervisor, although it is expected that the final submission reflects mainly the work of the student. The module will conclude with a seminar day when all students present a Powerpoint presentation of their research projects to their classmates, Course faculty and the External Examiner.

Learning Outcomes:  This module will contribute to the following M.Sc. in Stem Cell Technology course learning outcomes: Knowledge and understanding A student who completes this course successfully will know and understand: • Principles of experimental design, research methods and critical data analysis; Good Laboratory Practice Intellectual skills A student who completes this course successfully will be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to each course module. • Apply the cognitive skills of critical thinking and analysis of scientific information to formulate experimentally testable hypotheses. • Collate and critically analyse scientific data / arguments to enable clear and correct oral or written presentation to both lay and specialist audiences. Practical Skills A student who completes this course successfully will be able to: • Undertake risk assessments • Apply numeracy and calculative skills to enable experimental design and data analysis / interpretation. • Prepare a grant proposal Transferable (key) skills A student who completes this course successfully will be able to: • Communicate effectively both with scientific professionals and the public using a variety of formats, including technical writing, oral and poster presentations, and discussions. • Effectively time-manage, as evidenced by the ability to plan, self motivate and implement efficient modes of working. • Exploit a range of information sources to enable effective problem solving, research implementation and coherent debating. • Show an ethical attitude to research • Demonstrate information technology skills, including word processing, spreadsheet use, database use, bibliography management and internet communication. • Display evidence-based critical learning

Offering School:  Medicine

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