BIO3197 : Biological Literature Review
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Alison Graham
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
To write scientific reviews in the style of a peer-reviewed journal. To develop communication skills by making a technical presentation to an audience of peers and producing a poster for a lay audience.
Outline Of Syllabus
The project is largely completed through independent study with regular supervisory meetings. Training is provided via a series of lectures and workshops.
The first review is shorter and has a focussed content. The second one is more comprehensive and involves the novel synthesis and interpretation of data or concepts. The presentation given to staff and peers should be aimed at introducing and summarising one or two key papers from the review. The poster will communicate the topic of the long literature review to lay audience.
Lectures will provide guidance on the following topics:
Literature search skills
Writing a Literature Review
Producing and using figures and tables
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Short Literature Review|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||75:00||75:00||Long Literature Review|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||3:00||3:00||Preparation of project plan and progress report|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||9||1:00||9:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Presentation preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Poster preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||8:00||8:00||Poster session|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||200:00||200:00||Initially directed reading but by pusuit of references this will become self-directed.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||3:00||3:00||Presentation session|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||4||3:00||12:00||Training for key skills|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||12||1:00||12:00||Supervisor meetings|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||4||2:00||8:00||Preparation and follow up for workshops|
Jointly Taught With
|BIO3198||Biological Information Project|
|BIO3199||Biological Research Project|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures and workshops are designed to provide training in the skills and techniques required to complete the reviews, presentation and poster. Regular supervisory meetings enable the extent and quality of progress to be monitored, whilst allowing for detailed technical discussions on the content and implications of the journal papers and other material being studied.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||15||Short Review (3000 words)|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||15||Professional Performance Assessment (supervisors assessment)|
|Dissertation||2||M||50||Long Review (6000-8000 words)|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||10||Presentation session (10 minutes plus 5 minutes questions)|
|Poster||2||M||10||Poster for lay audience|
|Written exercise||1||M||Project Plan|
|Written exercise||2||M||Progress report|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The short review gives students experience at summarising material in the published literature and producing a focussed overview.
The presentation session assesses the ability to communicate technical material to an informed audience.
The long review offers the opportunity to demonstrate sophisticated thinking skills, including the ability to integrate and synthesise information from the primary scientific literature, show insight and imagination, and produce novel summaries as graphics, tables, diagrams etc.
The poster assesses the student's ability to translate their technical knowledge into a form easily understood by a lay audience.
The formative Project Plan (submitted early in Semester 1) helps students to recognise the key questions relating to their project and formulate an appropriate plan of work to meet the objectives. The formative Progress Report (submitted early in Semester 2) re-visits the Project Plan and asks students to record any changes to the project and update the plan of work.
Technical proficiency, academic engagement and industry will be assessed by the supervisor who will have been in regular contact with the student throughout the project.