Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

CSC8333 : Research Skills and group project for digital biology

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion161:0016:00lecture follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials to support group project
Guided Independent StudyProject work381:0038:00Work on individual project proposal – coursework 2
Guided Independent StudyProject work141:0014:00Work on group project proposal – coursework1
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study112:0012:00background reading
Total100:00
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.

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M25Coursework 1 Group- Low stakes summative assessment: Sandpit exercise where students pitch proposal they have developed as a team
Research proposal2M75Coursework 2 Individual- Summative assessment: Format of a standard research council application including a presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The group sandpit proposal low stakes assessment, coursework1, will train the students in team working and provide practical experience in research skills. The production of a research project plan, summative assessment, coursework2, 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 and will include a presentation that will assess the students’ ability to effectively communicate their research plans.

Reading Lists

Timetable