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CMB3002 : Research project for exchange students

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carys Watts
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0


This module aims to;
•       provide students with experience of research work (including planning and data management) in a host university and international partner on an original topic relevant to their degree under the supervision of an experienced team.
•       allow students to pull together and apply the body of knowledge and skills acquired from earlier stages of their degree into a capstone experience.
•       develop expertise in a particular area of science relevant to their degree and competence in analytical techniques relevant to the project.
•       explore the provisional nature of knowledge.
•       expand student’s appreciation of the international dimension to scientific research.
•       provide an opportunity for students to present and communicate complex data and ideas in written and oral forms

Outline Of Syllabus

Due to the individual nature of the project there is no formal syllabus.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00To access recordings of lectures via ReCap remotely (parallel material related to CMB3000 projects)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion154:0054:00Report write up
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion42:3010:00Presentation preparation and delivery
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorials and research team meeting at Supervisor and Student's convenience
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Online surgery and Q&A sessions with Module Leader
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision408:00320:008 weeks full time data generation and analysis
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The project develops all knowledge and skills LOs defined above.

Tutorials (Supervisor meetings) encourage increased understanding by application of knowledge and discussion with peers and teachers.

As independent learners students are required to utilise the time available in private study to extend and reinforce their knowledge and understanding through reading the scientific literature and use of other recommended resources (eg., on-line).

The lectures provide an introduction to the project, health and safety training, guidance on how to produce a scientific report and give an oral presentation suitable for a non-subject specialist audience.

Contingency plans will be in place to ensure that students can complete their final year research project. Final project approval pre-departure will be based on the host University providing the university with sufficient information about how the project will run during the pandemic, and this includes details on tasks that can be undertaken remotely (which will be the case for the literature and data analysis components of a project).
Should circumstances prevent students from travelling to their host University then an alternative project will be provided at Newcastle University.

Both students and placement providers will be aware of these arrangements before placements commence. An individualized approach will be taken, with all students being contacted by module leader every week by email and being invited to monthly zoom meetings with module leader so that projects can be closely monitored. This will allow for any changes in project activities because of the pandemic to be considered, and the module leader would liaise with the host supervisor and exchange coordinator to provide alternative non-lab based research to fulfil the project and to ensure that the knowledge and skill outcomes are still met. This might, for example, involve a student using sample data or literature review or meta-analysis relevant to their project. Assessors would be made aware of the modifications to the project format.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M70Written report. Max of 5000 words, not including figure legends, text on figures, tables and references
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Oral Presentation - 10 minute oral presentation on project and answer questions, held in the first week of summer term
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Competence and Professionalism
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
PC ExaminationMStudents must achieve 75% or above to progress to practical work.
Reflective logMStudents must provide a reflective statement on the project experience.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written report (dissertation) is used to assess information literacy, problem solving, data evaluation and written communication of scientific data.

The individual oral presentation assess the student’s presentation skills and ability to communicate and defend the scientific investigation orally.

The competence and professionalism assessment is used to assess the student’s technical competence, time management, ability to work both independently and as part of a team and ability to reflect on the research experience.

The H&S quiz (PC Examination) is taken by all students.

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