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CMB3004 : Research Project for Stage 3 MSci Students

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Judith Hall
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0


This module is only available to students on the MSci programmes in Biochemistry (C701), Biomedical Genetics (B903) or Biomedical Sciences (B900) and aims to provide stage 3 MSci students with the opportunity to engage in an initial research experience that will be developed further in stage 4 via CMB4099. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of research approaches, research the literature on a particular topic, define a problem and hypothesis, design experiments to test the hypothesis and generate, analyse, present and discuss the data. By immersing a student in a research environment the aim is for them to appreciate the importance of good record keeping, team work, time keeping and other professional attitudes for a career in scientific research.

Outline Of Syllabus

There is no formal syllabus as the research projects are individually tailored by each supervisor/research group. However students will be expected to attend sessions on health and safety, document management and laboratory calculations in preparation for the lab experience and assessment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical408:00320:008 weeks full time
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching241:0024:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CMB3000Research Project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture are used to provide knowledge to large groups about topics that are required by all students, eg., Health and Safety, document control, referencing, formatting of project report, effective use of IT software (eg., Word, EndNote, Excel). The Practical sessions will develop skills in one or more of the following - experimental design, practical laboratory techniques, data collection and statistical analyses, project management, problem solving, team work and constructing a written report. Tutorials encourage increased understanding by application of knowledge and discussion with peers and teachers. Private study will allow students to extend and reinforce their knowledge and understanding through reading text books, journal articles and use of other recommended resources (e.g. online).

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M70Written Report
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Oral Presentation
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Competence and Professionalism
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final dissertation report assesses the student’s ability to pull a number of elements together, information literacy, problem solving, data evaluation and written communication of scientific data.
The oral presentation assesses the student’s ability to present complex information and defend their research. The competence and professionalism mark is based on the student’s time keeping, practical ability, approach to research, initiative and team working skills.

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