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Module

BIO3198 : Biological Information Project

  • 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 produce resource materials targeted at a specified audience (e.g. general public, school or university students, or a professional audience) to promote understanding or awareness of an appropriate biological topic. To write a review of the underlying scientific literature. To develop communication skills by 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 literature review should be related to the project topic.

The project materials may take a variety of forms (e.g. slide presentations, booklets, posters, websites, CDs, DVDs) to suit the aims of the project and the background knowledge of the specified audience.

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
Writing the Information Project Report
How to write a good questionnaire
Producing and using figures and tables
Marking criteria
Ethics

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Canvas/Zoom - Module introduction, guidance on the different project tasks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion198:0098:00project report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Literature Review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00poster preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00colation and testing of project materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Preparation of project plan and progress report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Canvas/Zoom- an online Tutorial/practical giving practical tips for best use of word.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities41:306:00Canvas/Zoom- Writing skills, data presentation
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities150:0050:00Readings around the project topic and preparation for the project report
Guided Independent StudyProject work1100:00100:00Development of project materials
Guided Independent StudyProject work124:0024:00Investigating impact of materials on target audience and feedback
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion21:002:00Zoom, help and guidance about presentations and posters
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Zoom Open session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision121:0012:00In person and online meetings with the supervisor
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk14:004:00Online (Zoom) poster session, studensts will be divided into groups of about 20 students, each stud
Total400:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BIO3197Biological Literature Review
BIO3199Biological Research Project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online lectures and workshops are designed to provide training in the skills and techniques required to complete the literature review, report 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 exercise1M15Literature Review (3000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Professional Performance Assessment
Dissertation1M65Project Materials and Project Report (4000-6000 words)
Poster1M10Poster for lay audience
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MProject Plan
Written exercise1MProgress Report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The literature review allows the student to demonstrate that they have a deep understanding of the underlying science behind their project topic. It also provides the opportunity for an early formal check on progress and feedback on technical writing style.

The project materials are assessed against their aims in relation to the target audience. The project report is an account of the origins of the project, how the target audience was selected, how the project materials were produced and tested, and how feedback was analysed and then used to improve their quality.

The poster assesses the student's ability to explain their project to 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.

All students complete an Ethical Approval Form as projects involve collecting feedback from volunteers on the materials created.

Reading Lists

Timetable