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CMB3004 : Research Project for Stage 3 MSci Students

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Damian Parry
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Alistair Brown
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to;
•       provide students with experience of research work (including planning and data management) 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.
•       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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion3001:00300:00Data generation and analysis, in person student support sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Document handling and digital skills
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Presentation preparation and delivery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion147:0047:00Report write-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00In person tutorials at Supervisor's and Student's convenience
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00In person - Student support sessions - Statistics and Bioinformatics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00In person - Optional Triage sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery82:0016:00In person drop-in session - Confidential support clinic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk91:009:00In person - Intro to project choice, project conduct, H&S, ethics report & presentation writing, Q&A sessions for students choosing project research areas
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Project work develops all knowledge and skills LOs defined above Tutorials (Supervisor meetings) encourage increased understanding by application of knowledge and discussion with peers and supervisors.
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.

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

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 5000 words not including figure legends, text on figures, tables and references
Prof skill assessmnt2M15PIP - Oral Presentation. 10 mins presentation and answer questions
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Competence and Professionalism
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Computer assessmentMStudents must achieve 75% or above to progress to practical work via Canvas
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 assesses the student’s presentation skills and ability to communicate and defend the scientific investigation.

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 Health and Safety quiz is taken by all students irrespective of project type.

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