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CSC8333 : Research Skills and group project for digital biology (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Katherine James
  • Lecturer: Dr Pawel Widera
  • Other Staff: Dr Emanuela Torelli
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


In this module you will learn the skills necessary to propose and carry out research in biological data synthesis and analysis. A team project in the preparation of a research proposal will introduce you to issues around working as a team and your individual project proposal will form the starting point for your main research project. A series of online lectures will be given by researchers from different fields covering different key skills.

The aim is to build up research and key skills involving literature searching skills, project planning, presentation skills, communication, time management, team working and management.

Outline Of Syllabus

Key Literature
Searching skills
Research Skills
Ethical, legal and social implications of computational biology
Production of a research project plan
Experimental design

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion20:301:00Presentation Team based: Research proposal 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion341:0034:00Work on individual project proposal – coursework 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion60:303:00Presentation Individual: Research proposal 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Work on group project proposal – coursework1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity61:006:00Student led group meetings between members of the student teams
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00PiP tutorials to support group project
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00background reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:00lecture follow up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

Online tutorials will be held to support the group project.

Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M80Coursework Individual - Summative assessment: Individual research plan - video presentation.
Research proposal1M20Group research proposal - submit as slides
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The group research proposal coursework, will train the students in team working and provide practical experience in research skills. The production of an individual research plan, summative assessment, will be a major component of the assessment for this module. This will test the students’ ability to plan their research, choose the research methods, and discuss project timeline. The presentation format will additionally assess the students’ ability to effectively communicate.

Reading Lists