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CSC8391 : Research Project for Bioinformatics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paolo Zuliani
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 40.0


To provide an opportunity to pursue original research.
To give experience in working independently, with a minimum of external structuring.
To apply knowledge gained from the other modules in the programme.

This module involves carrying out a substantial research project in Bioinformatics

Outline Of Syllabus

Students are expected to choose a project from a list offered by potential supervisors, or to propose their own project and find a suitable supervisor.
Following on from the production of a research proposal in CSC8333, during semester 2, students undertake the main development work for their project and produce their final dissertation. They are also required to demonstrate what they have achieved.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion2901:00290:00writing dissertation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Ethics form
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Demonstration of reproducibility and project approach/results
Guided Independent StudyProject work4861:00486:00Work on proposed project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Supervisor meetings (PiP or online)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Supervisor meetings provide guidance on approach and methods, and assess progress, providing feedback.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10016 page Bioinformatics Journal Style Paper
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics form
Design/Creative projMDemonstration of reproducibility and project approach/results
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Project supervision meetings will offer advice on approaches and review progress. Students are expected to undertake a substantial piece of work on their own with guidance from a supervisor.

The dissertation assesses the student’s ability to plan and execute a research project.

Reading Lists