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Module

BIO3197 : Biological Literature Review

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tahar Taybi
  • Lecturer: Dr Martin Edwards, Dr Ethan Hack
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

To write scientific reviews in the style of a peer-reviewed journal. To develop communication skills by making a technical presentation to an audience of peers and producing a poster for a lay audience.

Outline Of Syllabus

The project is largely completed through independent study with regular supervisory meetings. Training is provided via a series of lectures and workshops.

The first literature review is shorter and has a focussed content. The second literature review is longer, more comprehensive and involves the novel synthesis and interpretation of data or concepts. The presentation given to staff and peers should introduce and summarise one or two key papers from the longer review. The poster will explain the project to a lay audience.

Lectures and workshops will provide guidance on the following topics:

Project safety
Literature search skills
Using Endnote
Writing a Literature Review
Writing originally
Producing and using figures and tables
Marking criteria

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 completion130:0030:00Writing the short literature review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion194:0094:00Writing the Long literature review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00Poster preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00Presentation preparation
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Canvas/Zoom- Module introduction, guidance on project tasks, Scientific writing
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities41:306:00Canvas/Zoom - Tutorials on Scientific writing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:002:00Canvas/Zoom- Online training session on how to best use word
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities1196:00196:00Reading of the literature and development of a review plan
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Zoom- Online - small group sessions to give presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Zoom- Online Poster Drop In session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study41:306:00Preparation and follow up of workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision112:0012:00In persom/Zoom Meetings with the supervisor
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk41:004:00Poster conference via a zoom meeting to about 20 students, 10 min per student
Total400:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BIO3198Biological Information Project
BIO3199Biological Research Project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and workshops are designed to provide training in the skills and techniques required to complete the reviews, presentation and poster. Regular supervisory meetings enable the extent and quality of progress to be monitored, whilst allowing for detailed technical discussions on the project progress.

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
Written exercise1M15Short Review (3000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Professional Performance Assessment
Dissertation1M55Long Review (6000-8000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Presentation session (10 minutes plus 5 minutes questions)
Poster1M10Poster for lay audience
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MProject Plan
Written exercise1MProgress report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The short review gives students experience at summarising material in the published literature and producing a focussed overview.

The presentation session assesses the ability to communicate the technical material in one or two key papers to an audience of peers.

The long review offers the opportunity to demonstrate sophisticated thinking skills, including the ability to integrate and synthesise information from the primary scientific literature, show insight and imagination, and produce novel summaries as graphics, tables, diagrams etc.

The poster assesses the student's ability to translate their technical knowledge into a form easily understood by a lay audience.

The formative Project Plan (submitted early in Semester 1) helps students to recognise the key questions relating to their project and formulate an appropriate plan of work to meet the objectives. The formative Progress Report (submitted early in Semester 2) re-visits the Project Plan and asks students to record any changes to the project and update the plan of work.

Technical proficiency, academic engagement and industry will be assessed by the supervisor who will have been in regular contact with the student throughout the project.

Reading Lists

Timetable