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Module

BIO3199 : Biological Research Project

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

Aims

To undertake all stages of the research process, including planning, execution, analysis, interpretation and presentation. To develop communication skills by writing a research report 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 literature review should be related to the project topic. The Research Report will present the findings of the practical 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 the following topics:

Project safety
Literature search skills
Using Endnote
Writing a Literature Review
Writing originally
Writing a Research Report
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 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- mWriting skills, data presentation
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities194:0094:00Redings around the project topic and preparation for project report
Guided Independent StudyProject work120:0020:00Data collation
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion21:002:00Zoom, help and guidance about presentations and posters
Guided Independent StudyProject work1100:00100:00Research work and associated activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Drop-in clinic on posters
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision112:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk14:004:00Online (Zoom) poster session, students will be divided into groups of about 20 students, each stud
Total400:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BIO3197Biological Literature Review
BIO3198Biological Information 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, research report 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

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
Dissertation1M80Research Report (in the style of a concise journal article) 4000 - 6000 words
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Professional Performance Assessment
Poster1M10Poster for a lay audience
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MProject Plan
Written exercise1MProgress Report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The research report is the summation of the student’s efforts in undertaking an original research project . It demonstrates how the students have formed their research question, familiarised themselves with the appropriate literature, developed their methodology, undertaken the research, analysed, interpreted and discussed their findings, drawn conclusions and delivered a research report 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 (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. Some projects can link to existing approvals.

Reading Lists

Timetable