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BIO3199 : Biological Research Project

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

To undertake all stages of the research process, including planning, execution, analysis, interpretation and presentation. To develop communication skills by writing a research report 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.

Lectures will provide guidance on the following topics:

Project safety
Literature search skills
Using Endnote
Writing a Literature Review
Writing originally
Writing a Research Report
Producing and Using Figures and Tables
Marking criteria
Ethics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Poster preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture18:008:00Poster session
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation of project plan and progress report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Literature Review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1100:00100:00Research Report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Completion of safety induction and ethical assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1100:00100:00Initially directed reading but by pursuit of references this will become self-directed.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops43:0012:00Training for key skills
Guided Independent StudyProject work195:0095:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study42:008:00Preparation and follow up for workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision121:0012:00Supervisory meetings
Total400:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BIO3197Biological Literature Review
BIO3198Biological Information Project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are designed to provide training in the skills and techniques required to complete the literature review and research report. Regular supervisory meetings enable the extent and quality of progress to be monitored, whilst allowing for detailed technical discussions on project progress.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M60Research Report (in the style of a concise journal article)
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Professional Performance Assessment (supervisors assessment)
Written exercise1M15Literature Review (3000 words)
Poster2M10Poster for a lay audience
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MProject Plan
Written exercise2MProgress Report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Literature Review ensures that the student acquires sufficient background knowledge to place their own work in a proper context. It also provides the opportunity for an early formal check on progress and feedback on technical writing performance.

The research report is the summation of the student’s efforts in undertaking an original research project of their own conception and design. It demonstrates how the students have formulated their research topic, familiarised themselves with the appropriate literature, developed their methodology, undertaken the research, analysed, interpreted and discussed their findings, drawn conclusions and delivered a research report in the format of a research paper. This style reflects professional scientific writing and is good training for those going on to undertake research in the future.

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.

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