CSC8390 : Research Skills for Bioinformatics

Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 3.0


To build up research and key skills involving literature searching skills, 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 completion221:0022:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyProject work81:008:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Background reading
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.

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 proposal2M80Format of a standard research council application
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Powerpoint slides
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The production of a research project plan will be a major component of the assessment for this module and will test the students’ ability to plan their research and understand how the project they have identified could be executed and assessed. The presentation will assess the students’ ability to effectively communicate their research plans.

Reading Lists