CSC8396 : Research Project for Synthetic Biology

Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 45.0


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 Synthetic Biology.

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 CSC8390, during semester 2, students undertake the main development work for their project and produce their final dissertation. They are also required to produce a Web site about their project and demonstrate what they have achieved.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion785:00390:00Writing dissertation
Guided Independent StudyProject work985:00490:00Undertaking project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Supervisor meetings
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are expected to undertake a substantial piece of work on their own with guidance from a supervisor.

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 reproduceability
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

As a practical research module, a dissertation will assess the students’ ability to present the results of their own practical work, and to draw conclusions from this work.

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