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MIC3043 : Research in Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


- To provide students with an insight into the process of scientific research in an academic environment.
- To develop students ability to critically evaluate scientific experiments and interpret scientific data.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides students with an insight into the need for communication skills when working in research. Critical to communicating scientific findings is understanding the way that experimental data is generated and interpreted. Thus, using real examples of current research, students will learn how to critically assess scientific papers, interpret scientific data and understand the ways that these scientific studies and their conclusions can be communicated.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study891:0089:00News & Views article; seminar preparation; data analysis exercise
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will focus on current issues in research with a focus on microbiology and immunology.
In seminars students will present selected research papers to the group, followed by discussion of key aspects of methodology and interpretation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M401500 words
Prob solv exercises1M30Data Analysis Exercise
Prof skill assessmnt1M30Research Paper Oral Presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral presentation will assess student's ability to understand and communicate complex scientific information as well as develop presentation skills.
The written exercises will test student's ability to interpret and distil complex data and express it clearly in written form.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

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