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Module

BIO3048 : Current Research in Plant and Microbial Biology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jon Marles-Wright
  • Lecturer: Dr Maria Del Carmen Montero-Calasanz, Professor Frank Sargent, Dr Vasilios Andriotis, Dr James Stach, Dr Maxim Kapralov
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

1. To expose students directly to the research process in plant and microbial biology: from conception of studies and hypothesis generation; data gathering methodologies; data analysis; preparation of scientific manuscripts and publication. This will be achieved by taking part in seminars given by active researchers describing their own published work and discussion of the route to successful publication.
2. To develop student’s critical thinking and analysis of research work in progress and in print.
3. Develop students' ability to clearly present plant and microbial science in written and graphical form.

Outline Of Syllabus

The purpose of this module is to provide an understanding of current research related to the Cellular and Molecular Biology degree programme that takes place in the Plant and Microbial Biology Research Group.

The course will comprise a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

The course will begin with a research seminar given by a member of the Plant and Microbial Biology Research Group on a recently published, or soon to be published study.

Interactive lectures will cover the conception of scientific studies; the generation of testable hypotheses; research techniques used in active studies; the structure of scientific manuscripts; writing for wider non-expert audiences.

Workshops and tutorials will cover data analysis and descriptive statistical methods; data presentation and visualisation; and the generation of figures and illustrations for scientific papers and reports.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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