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BIO3199 : Biological Project Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tahar Taybi
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 20.0


To undertake all stages of a project, including planning, execution, analysis, interpretation and presentation. To develop communication skills by writing a dissertation 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 dissertation will present the findings of the investigation in the form of a submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The poster will explain the project to a lay audience.

Lectures and workshops will provide guidance on topics such as:

Project safety
Writing originally
Writing a Dissertation
Producing and Using Figures and Tables
Marking criteria

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1100:00100:00Dissertation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Safety induction (completed by all students even if not doing a research-based project)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture14:004:00Poster presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion131:0031:00Poster preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1100:00100:00Initially directed reading but by pursuit of references this will become self-directed.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Computer practical on managing large documents in Word
Guided Independent StudyProject work1115:00115:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:306:00Training for key skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Drop-in clinic on posters
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision121:0012:00Supervisor meetings
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study16:006:00Completion of health and safety paperwork and ethical approval form
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study41:306:00Preparation and follow up for workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study41:004:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study16:006:00Preparation of project plan
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M80Dissertation (4000-8000 words) and materials
Poster2M20Poster for a lay audience
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MProject Plan (formative)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is the summation of the student’s efforts in undertaking an original research project, an information project or a literature review project. It demonstrates how the students have formed their project question, familiarised themselves with the appropriate literature, developed their methodology, undertaken the research, analysed, interpreted and discussed their findings/information, drawn conclusions and delivered a dissertation in the format of a submission to a peer-reviewed journal. This style reflects professional scientific writing and is good training for those going on to undertake research in the future.

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 helps students to recognise the key questions relating to their project and formulate an appropriate plan of work to meet the objectives.

All students complete an Ethical Approval Form. Some projects can link to existing approvals.

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