CMB3001 : Research Design Project
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Catherine Meplan
- Lecturer: Dr Vanessa Armstrong, Dr Jeremy Brown, Dr Michele Sweeney, Dr Carys Watts, Dr Lindsey Ferrie, Dr Alison Howard, Dr Debra Bevitt, Dr Damian Parry, Dr SarahJayne Boulton
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||40|
This module aims to;
• provide students with experience of research work (including planning and data management) on an original topic relevant to their degree under the supervision of an experienced team.
• allow students to pull together and apply the body of knowledge and skills acquired from earlier stages of their degree into a capstone experience.
• provide opportunities to develop their skills of critical analysis.
• develop expertise in a particular area of science relevant to their degree and competence in analytical techniques relevant to to the project.
• explore the provisional nature of knowledge.
• provide an opportunity for students to present and communicate complex data and ideas in written and oral forms
Outline Of Syllabus
Due to the individual nature of the project there is no formal syllabus.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||1:00||3:00||Group presentation, maths test, oral presentation.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||8||1:00||8:00||6 shared with CMB3000|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||4||3:00||12:00||Presentation preparation and delivery|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||50:00||50:00||Report write-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||0:30||4:00||Tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||227:00||227:00||Experimental Design and data analysis|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||24||4:00||96:00||Concentrated lab practical, data generation|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Project work develops all knowledge and skills LOs defined above Lab practical time is consistent with ‘damp’ projects in CMB3000, with students using independent study time for non-lab project work.
Tutorials (Supervisor meetings) encourage increased understanding by application of knowledge and discussion with peers and teachers. Focused maths tutorials support specific numeracy skills and deficiencies identified in the maths test.
As independent learners students are required to utilise the time available in private study to extend and reinforce their knowledge and understanding through reading the scientific literature and use of other recommended resources (eg., on-line).
The lectures provide an introduction to the project, health and safety training, guidance on how to produce a scientific report and give an oral presentation suitable for a non-subject specialist audience.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||5||Group presentation|
|Prob solv exercises||2||M||5||Scientific calculations tests|
|Dissertation||2||M||60||Written report - Maximum of 5000 words, not including figure legends, text on figures, tables and references|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||15||Individual oral presentation - 10 minute oral presentation on project and answer questions, held in the first week of summer term|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||15||Professionalism and competence|
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
|PC Examination||M||Students must achieve 75% or above to progress to practical work.|
|Reflective log||M||Students must provide a reflective statement on the project experience.|
|Essay||2||M||Extended essay (draft intro section)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The extended essay will require the student to perform a comprehensive literature search and write a draft introduction section by a given deadline early in the module. The ability to meet the deadline and the quality of this initial piece of work will be considered in determining the professionalism mark. Those students who engage and are able to provide a quality draft have demonstrated good independence. Students who struggle with the initial draft can still obtain a good professionalism mark by responding to the feedback and improving the introduction section. This will then be comparable to the CMB3000 project experience in which students are encouraged to start their draft intro section and present this to the research group.
The initial teamwork and group presentation is again intended to provide a structured learning experience that would naturally occur for students on CMB3000/CMB3002 as they become part of the research team, learn to work with others and develop their project ideas and design a research strategy to address their hypotheses.
The maths test gives the students an early opportunity to identify where they need to develop their maths skills.
The written report (dissertation) is used to assess information literacy, problem solving, data evaluation and written communication of scientific data.
The individual oral presentation assess the student’s presentation skills and ability to communicate and defend the scientific investigation orally.
The competence and professionalism assessment is used to assess the student’s technical competence, time management, ability to work both independently and as part of a team and ability to reflect on the research experience.