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C14707 Project
(Last Updated:07 April 2014)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 80

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  4th year Msci students within the School of Biology. Only available to Year 4 students.

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Full Year Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Registered for a degree in the School of Biology.

Corequisites:  

MnemTitle
C14705 Research Presentation Skills 

Summary of Content:  The project is year-long module. Preparatory work (literature review and familiarisation with laboratory/field safety protocols etc.) will occur in autumn, with the bulk of practical work in spring. The topic of the project will be chosen from a list of suggestions relevant to the degree subject, and will be finalised after consultation with a member of staff, who will act as a supervisor. The project involves an extensive piece of detailed research on the topic chosen after discussion with the supervisor. Reading and collating earlier research by other scientists working in the area is an essential component. The student will use their literature review to write a research grant proposal, which will outline the hypotheses to be tested, the proposed experimental design and the research costs associated with the project. The practical component will involve collection of data from a laboratory or field investigation and appropriate analysis. The findings will be interpreted in the context of previous work, and written up in a clear and concise final report in the form of a research paper manuscript.

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 20 3,000 word grant proposal, including literature review and research plan 
Oral 20 15 minute presentation of research findings and 30 minute viva voce 
Coursework 2 60 6,000 word research manuscript detailing experimental results 

Convenor: 
Dr T Reader

Education Aims:  This module will provide students with an opportunity to use their initiative and knowledge in undertaking an original research study. The practical component of the project will provide an opportunity for the student to carry out original scientific research in the laboratory or in the field on a biological topic, and to relate the outcomes to scientific concepts and knowledge of the area of study. The student will plan the project work in the form of a research grant proposal, gain familiarity with the methods/techniques and where appropriate safety procedures relevant to the topic, undertake data collection and appropriate quantitative analysis, and prepare a manuscript and oral presentation reporting their findings.

Learning Outcomes:  The project will allow students to extend their knowledge and understanding of one or more aspects of the biological sciences by carrying out research and relating their findings to those of others in the field. (A1, A2, A4; some but not necessarily all of: A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10) Cognitive skills will be enhanced by developing further the ability to: analyse critically and interpret published information and data (B1); think independently while giving due weight to the arguments of others (B2); understand complex ideas and relate them to specific problems or questions (B3); acquire substantial quantities of information systematically, process it effectively, and draw appropriate conclusions (B4); make and record accurate observations and measurements (B5). A range of practical skills will be developed including: the ability to carry out scientific research and evaluate and make use of the material so acquired (C1), write and construct scientific documents (e.g. research reports) using appropriate styles, conventions, and terminology (C2); and most but not necessarily all of the ability to: work safely in the laboratory and assess related safety issues (C3); undertake appropriate experimental design and statistical analysis (C4); undertake practical experimental work using appropriate equipment and instruments (C5); undertake practical experimental work using appropriate equipment and instruments (C6). The project will develop transferable/key skills including the ability to: communicate effectively in writing (D2), communicate effectively by oral presentation (D3), organise and manage working time, schedule tasks, and meet deadlines (D4), use and access information and communication technology (D5), reflect upon and assess own progress, strengths and weaknesses (D6) manage and manipulate numerical data (D7).

Offering School:  Life Sciences


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